Prince: A race for, and against time

I am sure at one point or another we have all wondered what we would change if we could turn back time.

The basis of Walt Disney’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time uses this premise as its main theme for pitting your typical good guy versus the bad guy.

Set in Persia, a young Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) catches the eye of King Sharaman of Persia (Ronald Pickup) when he shows an act of courage. Although the king already has two blood-related sons, he is so impressed he adopts Dastan.

Growing up among royals, Dastan quickly proves himself as a hero, warrior and prince and is an accepted brother in the royal family.

But, someone in the royal family is not happy with their standing within the family, so an invasion of the Holy City of Alamut is planned based on a spy’s word the city is supplying weapons to the enemies of Persia.

As his brothers Garsiv (Toby Kebbell) and Tus (Richard Coyle) make their battle plan, Prince Dastan, who is against the invasion, volunteers to be the first to enter battle to save lives of Persian forces.

Against the wishes of his brothers, Dastan enters the city the night before the main forces invade and opens the gates, saving many lives.

After the holy city falls, Dastan is lauded as the hero and this is where he meets the beautiful Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) and where he comes to possess the ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time. The dagger was a gift from the gods and can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.

After returning home, Dastan offers a gift to King Sharaman — a robe given to him by his brother, Tus. The robe is poisoned and kills the king.

Dastan is accused of the king’s murder and flees with the princess on a dangerous mission to clear his name.

After learning of the true motives behind Alamut’s invasion, Dastan goes on a journey to stop the plot of one of his most trusted family members and save the world from destruction.

While Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time wasn’t a bad movie, it wasn’t a great movie either. The movie relied on a typical good-versus-evil theme with not a lot of character development. Yes, it gave you the very basics of each character, but what do you really expect from a Disney movie?

The movie achieved its goal — to entertain without a lot of emphasis placed on too much storyline.

I’m glad I waited for it to come out on DVD because it didn’t waste my money. But, for a DVD it was a good watch at a more affordable price. Not a bad movie, but not one I would watch again.