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It is no secret of my love for Disney movies. When I saw the previews for this movie, I admit I was not overly impressed. And then I started to think. It could be a live action Disney movie for an older crowd. I automatically put it up there with the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is based off of the popular video game. The movie follows a few aspects of the games plot line, but strays off to make its own version of the events.
Prince Dastan, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, is an orphaned boy who is taken in by the king as a son. As good as Gyllenhaal looks in the movie, I was slightly thrown off by his accent in the movie. To me is just didn’t seem to fit, and make it all the more obvious. Accent aside, the storyline was pretty interesting, with a lot of action, but naturally because it is Disney, the odd bits of humour thrown in. There is a mystical dagger that is powered by the ancient “sands of time.” There is a “jewel” on top of the dagger, when pressed it will turn back time, as the holder of the dagger is aware of it happening. Naturally the dagger can only hold so much sand. And the ancient supply of sand is so massive that it is dangerous, even in the right hands. Prince Dastan, must journey to save his life, as well as the lives around him, by securing the dagger and ensuring that no one were to pierce the “sands of time.” If the dagger were to pierce the sands, a giant cloud would cover the world, wiping out humanity. In the video game version, this happens, but there are a few who survive because of special amulets. Those without these amulets turned into sand people. This does not happen in the film.
Although the movie is Disney, and had its moments of entertainment, it was a bit of a miss for me. The storyline was good, but in the end wasn’t as strong as it could have been. Unfortunately, I would not recommend that you see this movie. If you have the chance, feel free to watch it, but don’t set your hopes too high.