Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) Film
Release Date, Cast, Plot, Review, Opinions
Prince of Persia series started with the original publication from the creators of Carmen Sandiego, Brøderbund Software, Inc. With clear inspiration from Arabian Nights stories, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and The Adventures of Robin Hood.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is adapted from the beloved Ubisoft video game franchise of the same name; generally a side-scrolling adventure that has appeared on every major gaming platform in various incarnations since 1989.
- Prince of Persia (1989)
- Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame (1993 / 2013)
- Prince of Persia 3D (1999)
- Prince of Persia: Harem Adventures (2003)
- Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (2004)
- Battles of Prince of Persia (2005)
- Prince of Persia: Revelations (2005)
- Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (2005)
- Prince of Persia Classic (2007)
- Prince of Persia: Rival Swords (2007)
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (2010)
Despite the small number of Prince of Persia game releases (in comparison with other video game series), its success is undeniable. Not only Assasin’s Creed was based on it, but it also boosted a legacy of graphic novels and one surprisingly good film adaptation.
Everything About Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
Production, Release Date, and Reception
The film was officially announced in 2007 after Jerry Bruckheimer obtained film rights of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time game and released officially on May 28, 2010, in the United States (higher audience due to Memorial Day weekend) under Walt Disney Pictures.
John August was the executive producer, who hired Jordan Mechner and Jeffrey Nachmanoff to write the screenplay. Mechner wanted to make an animated film but he had to stick to the terms of the deal.
Both Orlando Bloom and Zac Efron were rumored for the leading role before Jake Gyllenhaal was cast. Toby Kebbell replaced Rey-Phillip Santos after an on-location motorcycle accident.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) Trailer
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is considered one of the best video game film adaptations. Praised by the score, humor, acting, and action scenes. But it was affected by a whitewashing controversy of the cast and was criticized by departure from source material.
The film posses an average score of 5/10 on Rotten Tomatoes, and 50/100 on Metacritic.
It was also the world’s highest-grossing video game-to-movie adaptation in 2010 (It grossed over $336 million against a production budget of $150–200 million) before being dethroned by Warcraft and both Sonic the Hedgehog, and Pokémon: Detective Pikachu shortly after.
Action figures, lego sets, costumes, replicas, and a graphic novel (Prince of Persia: Before the Sandstorm, a prequel to the film) were released as merchandise by Disney. This was at the same time that Ubisoft Montreal made Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.
Speaking of Ubisoft: rumors say they’re focusing once again on the Prince of Persia franchise. A remake of a now-delayed Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was announced in 2020 and a full film reboot of the series to release in 2022 or 2023, is being leaked.
Cast and Characters
- Jake Gyllenhaal (Dastan)
- William Foster (Young Dastan)
- Gemma Arterton (Tamina)
- Ben Kingsley (Prince Nizam of Persia)
- Toby Kebbell (Prince Garsiv of Persia)
- Alfred Molina (Sheik Amar)
- Richard Coyle (Prince Tus of Persia)
- Ronald Pickup (King Sharaman)
- Reece Ritchie (Bis, Dastan’s friend)
- Steve Toussaint (Seso)
- Darwin Shaw (Asoka)
- Gísli Örn Garðarsson (Hassansin Leader)
Plot/Synopsis (What is the movie Prince of Persia about?)
The street rat/urchin Dastan rescues another orphan in front of the King of Persia and that leads to the royal adoption that turned him into a Persian prince in the sixth century.
Fifteen years later, Dastan finds the Dagger of Time which can rewind time and destroy the world. So he decides to join forces with one of the guardians of the Sandglass of Time, Princess Tamina, to prevent his uncle Nizam from acquiring powers gifted from the gods.
Review and Opinions
Films in general (not only video game adaptations) have always struggled to introduce the topic of time traveling. But it’s especially hard to incorporate it if the source is as good and interactive as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
Even so, they nailed most of it and made an entertaining, dark plot and surprisingly funny movie. Pirates of the Caribbean served as inspiration without taking the teen-safe format out of the formula.
Still, this film is purposefully considered a popcorn movie with good special effects and the movie starts sexy enough to push many to spend one hour and fifty-six minutes watching.
Although the mistake that lost them support from critics and news outlets was the practice of whitewashing, which consists of hiring white actors for non-white roles (be it fictional or non-fictional characters). Gyllenhaal expressed his regret of participating in the film.
Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times: “The two leads are not inspired. Jake Gyllenhaal could make the cover of a muscle mag, but he plays Dastan as if harboring Spider-Man’s doubts and insecurities.”
David Roark of Relevant Magazine: “Newell has unquestionably accomplished what he set out to do, which is ridiculous, silly and forgettable, but amusing nonetheless.”