Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Theatrical Release: May 28, 2010
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time


From the team that brought the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy to the big screen, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, an epic action-adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia. A rogue prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess (Gemma Arterton) and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time—a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.

Dove Review

This movie is one of those which will please some viewers while others will definitely not be so pleased. Some movies, by their very nature, provoke various but definite responses. There won’t be much ambivalence from viewers regarding this one. This movie has almost non-stop violence in it and I actually became bored at some parts because it was a pattern of arrows flying, hitting some people, sword fights, and fist fights and then…arrows flying, hitting some people, sword fights, fist fights and then…well, you get the idea. There is not a lot of blood, yet definitely some. But the continual onslaught of violence and action becomes tiresome. There is a major plot involving the mystical powers of a dagger. It can bend time. The viewer has to sit through a lot of over-done battles before the light bulb begins to go on over the head.

Jake Gyllenhaal is fine as the rogue-prince and would-be hero, Dastan, and he is in almost every major scene of the movie. He definitely earned his pay for this picture. Alfred Molina is quite good as a sort of businessman sheik named Amar but the modern usage of language is out of place. He makes such quips as, “Don’t press your luck”, “Tax free!” and “The bureaucrats!” And there is an interesting scene of an Ostrich race! For families though, the violence includes a very quick decapitation scene as well as a scene with a character knifed in the head and it is too intense for us to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the movie as a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing between couple.
Language: G/OMG-1
Violence: Almost non-stop action and violence which includes metal arrows striking people; people dying; sword fights and fist fights; a decapitation scene; a knife seen in character's head; knives thrown; explosions; fires; man hit in stomach; some blood seen on character's mouth; hanging skeletons seen with spikes through them; drinks thrown in man's face; striking snakes in sand.
Drugs: Several scenes of characters drinking wine.
Nudity: Cleavage; a baby boy's genitals are seen; shirtless men fight.
Other: Mysticism of a special dagger which can turn back time; the mention of a curse; betrayal; a boy is adopted by the king.


Company: Disney
Writer: Boaz Yakin & Doug Miro
Director: Mike Newell
Genre: Action
Runtime: 116 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter