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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Information about Prince of Persia: The Sands of TimePrince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a 2010 (7 years ago) fantasy-adventure movie written by Jordan Mechner, Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro, and Carlo Bernard; directed by Mike Newell; and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The movie is based on the 2003 (14 years ago) video game of the same name, developed and released by Ubisoft Montreal.
The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal (7 walls) as Prince Dastan, Gemma Arterton as Princess Tamina, Ben Kingsley as Nizam, and Alfred Molina as Sheik Amar.
The movie has the same title as and being primarily based on the video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time; elements from Prince of Persia: Warrior Within and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, two other titles from the Prince of Persia video game franchise, are also incorporated.
PlotThe plot follows Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal (7 walls)), an orphan in the Persian Empire in the sixth century. After showing courage in the market place, he is adopted by the king. Fifteen years later, Dastan, and his royal blooded foster brothers Garsiv and Tus lead the Persian army in an attack on the sacred city of Alamut, under the assumption that the city's people are selling weapons to their enemies, as shown by Nizam (Ben Kingsley), the King's brother and adviser. As Garsiv leads the initial assault, Dastan decides to lead a surprise attack with his friend Bis (Reece Ritchie) against the orders of his brother. He manages to open the eastern gate of Alamut and prevents further casualties. During the fight in the city, Dastan defeats one of Princess Tamina's (Gemma Arterton) guards who was in the possession of the mythical Dagger of Time. The Dagger gives its owner the ability to go back in time for a short period so that the user can try to correct any mistake or redo any moment. Alamut falls to the Persians, Tamina is captured and is offered as a wife for Tus, which would make the city of Alamut a part of the Persian Empire. Angrily she declined the offer and chooses death instead. But at the last moment before the blade struck her, she has gotten a clear view of the Dagger of Time wedged between Dastan's belt and she quickly accept Tus's offer with the condition that he will take great care of the people of Alamut. Dastan was seen suspicious over Tamina's action but said nothing.
The Persians celebrate their victory, but during the celebration Prince Dastan is fooled into presenting a poisoned gown — seemingly given to him by Tus — to King Sharaman (Ronald Pickup), which fatally burns the king. Prince Dastan is held as the perpetrator of his father's murder. He escapes the castle with Princess Tamina. Together, they embark on a journey — the Prince wants to prove his innocence, while Tamina wants to safeguard the Dagger of Time. On the first night, Tamina attempts to kill the prince and recover the Dagger, but Dastan accidentally activates the Dagger and learns about its ability to rewind time for one minute and in doing so, prevents Tamina from attacking. Dastan believes that Tus knew about the Dagger and framed Dastan for their father's murder in an attempt to seize the throne and the Dagger which he can use in wars to reverse any military mistake, thus becoming the most powerful ruler of Persia.
During their journey, the duo meet a group of merchant-bandits, in the valley of slaves, including entrepreneur and ostrich racing-organizer Sheik Amar (Alfred Molina) with his friend Seso (Steve Toussaint) who hails from the Ngbaka, masters of the throwing knives. Dastan offers Tamina up as a slave in return for their hospitality. However, the bandits try to take the Dagger of Time and take Dastan whom they recognised as the runaway prince to the newly crowned Tus because of the huge reward for his capture; they fail in the process, while the two escape.
Dastan and Tamina return to Persia for King Sharaman's funeral. Dastan wants to convince his uncle Nizam in whom he has a complete faith that he was not the perpetrator of his father's death and tell him about the true motive for the attack on Alamut, only to discover the Dagger was taken by Tamina. Instead, he notices the burns on Nizam's hands, which give Dastan the hint that he was the one who set up the murder of the King. Furthermore, Nizam has set up an ambush for Dastan along the Persian streets, and after a conflict with his brother Garsiv, Dastan escapes.
Dastan catches up with Tamina and explains that the villainous brother of the King, Nizam was behind it all. The attack of Alamut was based on false allegations provided by Nizam and promoted with a motive to attain the Dagger of Time and use it with the massive Sandglass, which is hidden under the city of Alamut. This way, Nizam would go back in time before he had saved Sharaman from being attacked by a lion and undo the act, hence ensure that he becomes the King of Persia. However, Tamina reveals that the Sandglass is the vessel holding the Sands of Time, which the Gods conjured to punish humanity for its sins. A pure hearted girl, offering her life, convinced them to seal the sands; should the Dagger of Time be used to pierce the Sandglass, the sands would be released and destroy the entire world. The holder of the Dagger may also turn back time as far as they please. The pair then put aside their differences and agree to work together to protect the Dagger.
Meanwhile, back in Persia, Nizam, aware that Dastan knows the truth, tries to convince the newly-crowned King Tus and Garvis that Dastan is trying to overthrow them and must be killed without a trial to avoid a rebellion. When this fails, Nizam hires the Hassansins, a group of highly skilled warriors who once served as hired killers for Persian royalty. Nizam had kept the sect hidden for his own ends after Sharaman had them disbanded.
Dastan and Tamina are again captured by Sheik Amar, Seso, Shayer Aziz and their group because of the chaos they caused back at the valley. Sheik intends to claim the reward for turning them in to renew his business. But that night, when everyone is asleep, the Hassansin leader (Gísli Örn Garđarsson) attacks the group in an oasis by controlling a number of vipers. Many of the group die, but Dastan uses the Dagger to rewind time, and, foreseeing the attack, manages to kill all the snakes single-handedly, saving Seso in the process. The Hassansin leader then leaves in a sand dervish.
The next day, the pair, now accompanied by Sheik and Seso, travel to the secret sanctuary in the mountains near India, where it's possible to seal the Dagger by returning it to the stone where it came from. In order to do so, Tamina would have to sacrifice herself, but it fails as they run into Garsiv's men. Dastan, however, manages to persuade his brother that he is innocent, only for Garsiv to be killed by a flurry of spike-knives thrown by a Hassansin. The Hassanin attack, killing many of the group, while their leader manages to snatch the Dagger of Time from Tamina (who was knocked unconscious in the battle) by using a trained snake. However, Dastan is saved from the last Hassansin by Garsiv, who then succumbs to his injuries.
Tamina and Dastan, as well as Sheik Amar and Seso, return to Alamut to reveal the truth about Nizam and the Dagger to Tus. First, they must get the Dagger, which is kept in the sacred temple, guarded by the Hassansin who killed Garsiv. Seso, the master of throwing knives, fights the spike-wielding Hassansin to obtain the Dagger. He manages to kill the Hassansin after a well aimed throw, yet is also fatally wounded in the process. Seso manages to throw the Dagger out of the window to Sheik and Dastan before dying. Sheik Amar then distracts the guards by serving as a decoy. In order to convince his brother Tus of the Dagger's power, Dastan kills himself, only to have Tus rewind time with the Dagger. Afterward, Tus is killed by Nizam, and Dastan is incapacitated by another Hassansin. The Dagger is once again in Nizam's hands, but Dastan manages to defeat the Hassansin with Tamina's help. She realises that the dead Hassansin had been a spy inside the city of Alamut and must has been the one who told Nizam about the Dagger.
Nizam goes to the Sandglass caves beneath Alamut, as Dastan and Tamina race to stop him. Tamina opens a secret gate leading to the chamber, allowing them to take a short cut to the Sandglass. En route, they encounter the leader of the Hassansins; however, after a close fight, Tamina stabs the Hassansin in the eye with his snake's fangs, allowing Dastan to mortally wound and throw him into the chasm. Dastan and Tamina then kiss passionately. They then manage to reach Nizam before he can pierce the Sandglass with the Dagger. During the final confrontation, Nizam knocks Tamina over the edge of the chasm and Dastan desperately catches her hand. Knowing he cannot stop Nizam and save her, Tamina professes her love for Dastan and lets go, sacrificing herself so Dastan can stop Nizam. Dastan fights Nizam as they both hold their hands on the Dagger. Dastan then uses the Dagger's button to open the Sands of Time container and use its power against Nizam. The Sandglass slowly cracks and the sandstorm is shown destroying Alamut. Dastan is then able to use the Dagger and turn back the time as the Sandglass breaks, ending up at the point when he first held the Dagger during the siege of Alamut.
Dastan uses his knowledge to reveal Nizam's evil plan to his brothers, gaining their acceptance by revealing what Tus told him about the meeting with their father prior to the attack. Exposed, Nizam attempts to kill Dastan, but ends up stabbed and killed by Tus, using his blade. After apologizing for the ransacking of her city, Tus suggests that perhaps Tamina should become Dastan's wife as a sign of good will. The Prince returns the Dagger of Time to her as a gift, as she looks at him surprised. The two of them are next shown talking to each other and Tamina expressing her surprise about Dastan's sudden change in behavior and hinting that he may have discovered something to which he replies that they are in control of their own destiny.
ProductionIn Mar. 2004 (13 years ago), the production company Jerry Bruckheimer movies sought to acquire feature movie rights to the 2003 (14 years ago) video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time with the movie to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Under John Aug. as executive producer, the series' creator Jordan Mechner was hired to write the script. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer's Pirates of the Caribbean movie trilogy served as a touchstone in how a theme park ride was converted into a movie franchise. According to Mechner, "Rather than do a straight beat-for-beat adaptation of the new videogame, we're taking some cool elements from the game and using them to craft a new story." Mechner previously considered producing an animated movie based on the games, but could not resist Disney and Bruckheimer's offer. In Feb. 2006 (11 years ago), Disney hired screenwriter Jeffrey Nachmanoff to write a new script for Prince of Persia.
Early in 2007 (10 years ago), Disney announced Prince of Persia as one of its tentpole movies and by Jun. had scheduled a release date for Jul. 10, 2009 (8 years ago), before having a final script or any actors attached. By Nov. 2007 (10 years ago), Disney entered negotiations with Mike Newell to direct the movie based on a script by Mechner and Nachmanoff, though the studio held off production until the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike was resolved. Newell was fond of Bruckheimer's films, and loved the "exciting [and] immensely romantic" script, which reminded him of Lost Horizon. His assistant played the games and gave the director key details. Mechner, in writing the script, re-conceived the storyline to shift the perspective from the interactive one experienced by video gamers to the non-interactive experience by movie audiences. The screenwriter left out elements of the Prince of Persia games Warrior Within and The Two Thrones and did not anticipate including these elements in the film's possible sequels.
When filming began, the film's release date was postponed to May 28, 2010 (7 years ago), with the studio seeking enough time for the post-production process in designing the film's special effects. The profit margin on the Pirates of the Caribbean movies was compromised by overspending as special effects teams rushed to complete the movies for their release dates. Variety also ascribed the postponement to avoiding the potential 2008 (9 years ago) Screen Actors Guild strike so the studio could ensure that the movie leads to a "mega-franchise" similar to its successful Pirates of the Caribbean series. Other reasons for the release date change were that the movie was originally scheduled a week before Transformers (5 walls): Revenge of the Fallen, and Disney needed more time to co-ordinate its marketing campaign. Gyllenhaal claims he "over-prepared" for the role, gaining five or six pounds of muscle. The actor says, "…I never knew how much they were going to ask me to do, so I just made sure I'd be hopefully able to do anything." Gemma Arterton was announced to play the role of protagonist Tamina, and Arterton reported she practiced horse back riding in Madrid before filming. Sir Ben Kingsley was to portray the film's antagonist, Nizam. Alfred Molina was to portray a character named Sheik Amar, who becomes a mentor to the prince. Toby Kebbell was to play Prince Garsiv, Dastan's brother, and head of the Persian army. The leading characters of the movie all speak with a recognisable British English accent, albeit with a slight Middle Eastern colour.
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