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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Rated PG-13 115 min. 2010

This erstwhile video game gets refracted onto the silver screen through the prism of a monkey's typewriter. A brawny but miscast Jake Gyllenhaal plays adopted Persian Prince Dastan, who is framed for murdering his regal father using a poisonous prayer robe (you know, that old trick...). Despite lots of lazy allusions to a quixotic hunt for WMDs, rendition, and Tea Party-level protestations against tax-and-spend government, this mindless light-and-sound show is nothing more than Jerry Bruckheimer's Disneyfied Iraq War apology. By the time the climax arrives inside a cave filled with golden light, you will feel like you've been teleported back to the final season of Lost. In a bad way.

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Director: Mike Newell

Writer: Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard, Jordan Mechner and Boaz Yakin

Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton and Alfred Molina


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