10,000 B.C. (2008)

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Published on: 2008.03.10

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IMDb: 10,000 B.C.
Wikipedia: 10,000 B.C.
Rating: PG-13
(sequences of intense action and violence)
Length: 109 min (1:49)
Director: Roland Emmerich
Genre: Adventure / Drama
My Rating: 8 of 10
Family Friendly: Yes, unless you’re put off by epic-style violence (relatively little blood and gore).
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ONE-SENTENCE REVIEW:
I actually expected less from this film, but it was moving, epic (though improbable), and interesting in its scope.

MAIN STARS:
Steven Straight, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis, Joel Virgel, Affif Ben Badra, Omar Sharif

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Critics didn’t like this movie. What a surprise. “They” rarely like the films I do.

I can understad why historians wouldn’t like it. The film 10,000 B.C. doesn’t seem to follow any accepted version of pre-historic times of which I’ve been informed. Geography is also a problem, since the characters walk (in just a few days’ time) from high, snow-capped mountains, to a rain forest, through the African desert, and then to some place that appears to be Egyptian in nature, though several thousand years prior to the Egypt of the Bible.

(Apparently the movie was filmed in South Africa, Namibia, New Zealand and Thailand, places that can’t be walked to and from.)

So yes, the scientific part of me had some problems with this.

But the movie-goer in me enjoyed it.

Basically, some mountain-living, European-looking wooly-mammoth hunters are attacked by mysterious raiders from the lowlands. Several of the hunter tribe are kidnapped and carried away, including Evolet (Camilla Belle), who had showed up several years earlier as part of a prophecy.

D’leh and two friends decide to follow the raiders back so they can recover their friends and relatives. D’leh is also in love with Evolet and has promised to rescue her.

They trek through improbable landscapes (assuming the film is set on Earth). Along the way, D’leh befriends a saber-toothed tiger, which helps him make friends with the next tribe they meet, which appears to be African. (The Africans apparently had a legend that they’d be led by one who spoke to the tiger.) Interestingly, D’leh met the tiger in the middle of a thunderstorm in a grassy plain, but when the tiger shows up to help him with the Africans, they’re in the desert.

Anyway, D’leh and the growing number of African tribes make their way across the desert to find the raiders, who’ve brought their kidnapped friends to a place where giant pyramids are being constructed by folks, some of who look Egyptian, and others who look Middle Eastern.

D’leh and his new army invade the area and (of course) free their friends and Evolet.

The film is well-narrated by Omar Sharif, giving it a mystical feel.

The love story in the movie felt real to me, and the actors played it well. Most, if not all, of the action, looked realistic rather than fantastic, and was well-captured. Other than the unexplained closeness of the faraway locations and historical inaccuracy, the depiction of a prehistoric world looked as if the movie-makers had done some homework.

Though the tiger and woolly mammoth were computer generated objects, they appeared about as real as possible, proving again how far CGI has come for the movie world. It’s easy to imagine a film, just a few years from now, in which everything is CGI, yet appears real.

But, just for fun, and a nice break from idiotic movies like College Road Trip, give 10,000 B.C. a try.

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