Has anyone else out there forgotten about 2010s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time? Until it showed up on Disney+ recently, I’m not going to lie. I forgot all about it. When I saw it on my “Recommended for you” I was reminded of how much I enjoyed it when it was released and just how fun of an adventure it had been to watch.
Naturally, I clicked it on and was taken back in time to the vast empire of Persia then retold the story of the royal family with the king choosing to adopt a child from the street to complete his family. Here we meet Dastan, brave, smart, and a young parkour master. He becomes one of the three princes of the Persian empire leading the charge into Alamut to destroy the holy cities’ potential weapon sales with the enemies of the empire.
Dastan and his brothers have a terrible experience that tears their family apart, causing Dastan and Alamut’s princess Tamina into the desert to interact with thieves, the Persian army followed by an understanding of old magic left behind by the gods for humankind. With each step, this prince takes, he remembers why he was taken off the streets of Nasaf to become a Prince Of Persia.
This film moves fast; it is a fun watch and is another excellent videogame to movie adaption like Tomb Raider and Warcraft. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time almost felt as if it was an extension of the Pirates of the Caribbean universe in a sense because of its film style. I’d pay to watch a crossover film if Disney Released one despite me knowing each story is a few centuries apart from each other.
A few of my favorite scenes from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time would be:
Scene 1 Parkour in the streets of Nasaf. Young Dastan challenges the Persian soldiers to a game of life or death tag. He makes many of them look old and foolish while showing us the education of street youth is incredibly practical for escaping those who abuse their power.
Dastan’s wall climbing in the siege of Alamut was impressive. How he combined standard ladder climbing with crossbow aide in scaling the wall before his team of foot soldiers break into the city.
When Dastan and Tamina make their way through the Valley of the Slaves, their unlikely friendship with Sheik Amar and Seso with the unexpected experience that is a small businessman against taxes, Sheik Amar was a good bit of comedic relief in the film. His consistent banter and storytelling bring warm humor through the film.
The fight between Seso and the Hassansin was a quick but impactful fight. They were showing off the differences in more advanced technical skills and ability with tools, which lead up to the final battle between Dastan and the film’s antagonist. The fight for the sands of time was a beautiful sequence from entering the cave to the exit.
I’m a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of Dastan. I felt he brought some humor to a serious role while maintaining our attention with his swordplay and parkour action sequences. Gemma Arterton had a solid role and did well as Tamina, bringing strong emotion to the film with her ability to act and tell the story of the guardians of the sands of time. We can’t talk about great acting without bringing up Sir Ben Kingsley no matter what the man does, and he stands out. In this film, Kingsley is Nizam, brother to the king and uncle of Dastan. He does great in his role!
Is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time a masterpiece? Nope. Is it a film you can sit down and enjoy? Yes, it certainly is. I’d recommend if you’re looking for an adventurous movie to hop on Disney+ and rewatch it again. It may have faded from my mind for a moment, but this videogame adaption made waves as a film and has only recently been dethroned as the highest-grossing videogame adaption by Warcraft in 2016. So what are you waiting for rewatch Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time today.
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