Prince of Persia -The Sands of Time, based on the popular video game, as is customary with Hollywood making a string of video games onto the big screen to appease fan demand. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko) as our ubiquitous hero Prince Dastan who seems to be able to go back in time by the aide of a magical device, and the gorgeous Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) as Princess Tamina the guardian of the aforementioned magical device from which the movie obtains its name.
We join the movie as Dastan, and his older brothers, Prince Garsiv played by Toby Kebbel (simply awesome in RockNRolla, and one of the stars to look out for), Richard Coyle (A Good Year) as Tus and their uncle Nizam played by the dependent Sir Ben Kingsley (Sexy Beast), attack a fabled city, looking for the mythical treasure of the city, they do not find any treasure so to speak,but a princess who they are told is the Guardian of the city. As is customary when a more powerful nation captures another during that era in ancient Persia, a marriage proposal is made for one of the princes and Tamina, although it is clear to the viewers that Prince Dastan also has his interests in Princess Tamina.
It turns out that Princess Tamina is the guardian of the magical device that at first looks like a normal hourglass, but the holder of it can turn back time depending on how much of the magical sands they use.
Prince Dastan's uncle, Nizam asks him to deliver to King Sharaman his father played by Ronald Pickup (Hustle), one of the treasures they captured, a certain cloak. On arriving at the King's palace and giving the King the cloak, on wearing it; he collapses, and all realises that the cloak has been poisoned, of course Prince Dastan is the prime suspect, and the entire army chases him as the guilty culprit.
We also find out that Prince Dastan is adopted by the King; and his two brothers, although all consider themselves to be one family, nevertheless would like to see the murderer of their father brought to justice even if it is their brother. Prince Dastan finds Princess Tamina as she is the only link that can exonerate him, and in so doing finds out about the magic of the sands of time.
Prince of Persia - Sands of Time is a very enjoyable fantasy movie, with plenty of action and will suit the whole family.