Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Bruckheimered to the hilt with the same rollicking period-piece cheesiness that typified the producer’s (and studio Disney’s) Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, this Aladdin-indebted summer spectacle charts the efforts of noble prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) to clear his name after he’s fingered for his father’s assassination, a mission aided by a feisty princess (Clash of the Titans beauty Gemma Arterton) and a magic blade that gives those who wield it the ability to travel one minute back in time. Gyllenhaal carries out his hero’s derring-do with proficiency, but director Mike Newell is ill-suited to steward such sword-and-sandals adventure. Bogged down by more leaden ripped-from-the-headlines allusions than this flippant fable can withstand, most courtesy of a hammy Alfred Molina, it’s merely a cash-my-paycheck-dammit film, embodied by a disinterested Ben Kingsley.

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