John Young
May 19, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
115 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/28/10
performer
Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina
director
Mike Newell
distributor
Walt Disney Pictures
author
Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, Boaz Yakin
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it a B

STARRING Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina
WRITTEN BY Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro
DIRECTED BY Mike Newell

Jerry Bruckheimer knew he’d get some flak for taking a 2003 videogame and trying to transform it into box office gold. ”They said the same thing about Pirates of the Caribbean,” says the producer. ”?’How could you make a movie based on a theme-park ride?’ It worked out.” We’ll say!

In the PG-13 epic Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a high priestess (Clash of the Titans‘ Gemma Arterton) struggle to keep a magical dagger, which can turn back time, from falling into the wrong hands. When bad guys pop up, Dastan must rely on acrobatic combat skills that would shame most Olympic gymnasts. ”Watching Jake rehearse his fight scenes was like watching ballet,” recalls director Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). Except ballet dancers don’t perform in 120-degree Moroccan heat. ”You read a guidebook about Morocco, and it says to not go anywhere near this country in July and August,” says Newell. ”Of course, we shot right through those months.”

Gyllenhaal brought more than just his physicality to the title role. ”He’s like a little Lord of Misrule,” jokes Newell, referring to the traditional English jester. ”It’s great to have a hero who doesn’t take himself too seriously, and Jake’s got a tremendous cheekiness to him. He’s a naughty boy.” With abs.

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