Los Angeles Times

2010: 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time'

Overview: Disney's kinda bland sword-and-sandal epic, based on a video game, cast a bulked-up Jake Gyllenhaal as the adopted prince of the title who must overcome a severe rupture in family relations, not to mention Sir Ben Kingsley as a conniving pretender to the throne who desperately wants the magical dagger in Jake's possession. Gemma Arterton played Jake's spunky love interest, a mysterious princess. Budget: $200 million (estimated) Gross: $335+ million (worldwide) Critical reception: 36 percent favorable on Rotten Tomatoes Admittedly rank element(s): The simpleton setup (remember, the source material is a video game), multiplied by the dumb dialogue and all that orange (the movie seems shot under a sun lamp). Guilty-pleasure highlights: The practically perfect diction and the clipped British accents; Alfred Molina hamming it up as a camel salesman; each time the sands of time inside the dagger are released (in other words, the expensive special effects).
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