Prince Of Persia: The Movie That Went Under The Rug

"Everything changes with time. We should know this best of all."

a man holding swords in both hands

Prince Of Persia: The Sands Against Time is a movie that was released in 2010 under the Disney brand with the help of Ubisoft from which the movie inspires all of its content. The film features Jake Gyllenhaal as the protagonist, Dastan, as he ventures on an adventure to find the truth behind a royal conspiracy.

The movie was received poorly by its audience due to it mixing a variety of plotlines that were properly fleshed out and quite suitably expressed according to its game format that was spread thought-out four installments: Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (2004), Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (2006), Prince of Persia (2008), and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (2010).

The scarcity of successful video game movies

Jake Gyllenhaal holding a dagger

The film was released at such a time when video-game movies did not have the greatest of reputation due to films such as Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, DOA: Dead or Alive, and Mortal Kombat (the 1995 version) being its predecessors.

The craze of converging the stories that video games have to offer into full-fledged films has recently picked up after the success of the first Sonic film. It only increased after more success came about with Detective Pikachu and the sequel to the first Sonic movie.

Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time can be argued to be way ahead of its time with the ambition it had in mind. For a film made in 2010, the CGI for the scenes of traveling through time with the help of the dagger is still mesmerizing to this day. Leave it to the producers who made the Pirates Of The Caribbean to make a movie this gorgeous to look at.    

Action-packed with Jake Gyllenhaal, humor by Alfred Molina

Actors laughing in scene

The protagonist, Dastan, played by Jake Gyllenhaal is nothing short of charismatic and loyal to the people he believes in. Combine that with the sinister humor that Alfred Molina brings to the table as he plays the role of an ostrich race organizer while being a criminal entrepreneur on the side.

A loyal warrior seeking his path to redemption paired with an entrepreneur ready to do the most horrifying of acts for the right price. In essence, the good with the bad make their chemistry work quite well whenever they share the screen. Aside from the fact that these actors work incredibly well even on their own with movies such as Zodiac, Brokeback Mountain, Frida and Boogie Nights.

It is one of the first of the few time-travel action movies

a person holding blades

The concept of mixing in time-travel with an action fueled story was still something new to witness, especially when the time-travel involved would only let the holder of the dagger travel back just a few minutes from the present. It was not a full fledged time-travel story, it was more of a secondary element that enhanced the pace and enjoyment of the plot.

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