In the 2010 movie, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the protagonist – Dasdan (played by Jake Gyllenhall), must overcome many obstacles to become the next in line for the throne. Along the way, he stumbles upon the Dagger of Time, which has the power to turn back time when activated.
The concept used throughout the video games – in which this movie was based – is the ability to use the Dagger of Time to move back in time to correct past mistakes. Time travel in itself is not a new concept, and many movies have used it throughout their storylines. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) is a recent comedy movie and Star Trek (2009) is one of the more recent science fiction movies to have also incorporated time travel it into their plot lines.
Some argue that if one possessed the ability to go back into time, then you would essentially be “playing God.” If this were the case, then what would stop a person from going back in time to World War II and stopping Hitler from killing all of those innocent people or prevent one of the modern-day tragedies like 9/11. Time travel is not a new idea, with the concept dating back to Hindu mythology in the Mahabharata (estimated 700s BCE to 300s CE).
So the question remains, do you think the idea of time travel is over used in the science fiction genre today? Do you think that they should come up with a new idea or continue the path that many movies take using this concept?
Quick Facts:Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time debuted at #3 on its opening weekend making $30.1 million. RottenTomatoes.com, a critic review site for movies, gave this film a 71% approval rating out of 100%. Hot Tub Time Machine opened at #3 with a weekend gross of around $14 million. Star Trek (2009) opening weekend grossed around $79 million, the highest-grossing from all of the Star Trek film franchise.