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10,000 BC

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Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, Marco Khanlian, Cliff Curtis, Timothy Barlow, Marco Khan, Reece Ritchie, Mo Zinal, Mona Hammond, Joel Virgel Vierset, Suri van Sornsen, Joel Fry, Nathanael Baring, Joe Vaz
RunTime: 1 hr 28 mins
Released By: Warner Bros
Rating: PG
Official Website: http://www.10000bcmovie.com/

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Opening Day: 6 March 2008


From director Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day," "The Day After Tomorrow") comes a sweeping odyssey into a mythical age of prophesies and gods, when spirits rule the land and mighty mammoths shake the earth.

In a remote mountain tribe, the young hunter D'Leh (Steven Strait) has found his heart's passion - the beautiful Evolet (Camilla Belle). But when a band of mysterious warlords raid his village and kidnap Evolet, D'Leh leads a small group of hunters to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her. As they venture into unknown lands for the first time, the group discovers there are civilizations beyond their own and that mankind's reach is far greater than they ever knew. At each encounter the group is joined by other tribes who have been attacked by the slave raiders, turning D'Leh's once-small band into an army.

Driven by destiny, the unlikely warriors must battle prehistoric predators while braving the harshest elements. At their heroic journey's end, they uncover a lost civilization and learn their ultimate fate lies in an empire beyond imagination, where great pyramids reach into the skies.

Here they will take their stand against a tyrannical god who has brutally enslaved their own. And it is here that D'Leh finally comes to understand that he has been called to save not only Evolet but all of civilization.

Movie Review:

I came wanting to like Roland Emmerich's masterpiece of destructions. helming such blockbuster popcorn like Independence Day and The After Tomorrow, 10,000 BC has definately surprised me for churning up this utter mess. To think that with mammoths, saber-tooth tigers, and large, screeching birds you wouldn't need much more to deliver an entertaining romp through yester-epoch, but 10,000 B.C. proves that merely having an exotic setting as your premise won't get you over a mundane plot and more mundane characters.

Set in 10,000 BC because, well, it makes for a cool title, the film stars Steven Strait as D’Leh, a young mammoth hunter whose prehistoric tribe is in danger of extinction. When a band of Persian warriors raids his village and kidnaps several of their people – including his childhood love, Evolet (Camilla Belle) – D’Leh leads a small group of hunters to rescue them. The journey takes them through snow-covered mountains and Amazonian jungles, introduces them to new tribes, and pits them against predators like Sabertooth tigers, wooly mammoths and terror birds, oh my. Their incredible voyage leads them to a Persian empire, where D’Leh must lead an ever-growing army against a god-like ruler who’s enslaved their people.

Without much of an awe factor, “10,000 BC” quickly crumbles amidst its skin-and-bones love story. There’s not a whole lot of meat on this prehistoric mess, and where Mel Gibson’s similarly themed “Apocalypto” managed to be thrilling, you couldn’t care less about what happens to D’Leh, Evolet or the rest of the glorified cavemen. There was so much unoriginality to the film that even the CGI ganduer didn't have enough power to save it. In fact, there wasn't much to begin with. Which brings us to the silliness. At some point in the film, D'Leh and his wandering band discover a black African tribe. They, in turn, lead him to other tribes, which seem to cover everything from pygmies to Native Americans. Some how the United Tribes of Benetton shtick feels forced and, for a film that's already left plausibility in the fridge way past the expiration date, totally impossible even if they were living on Pangaea. Please don't let me begin about the ending. I swear the scriptwriter was packing for a vacation while writing his last few pages...

Anyone who’s even mildly excited about “10,000 BC” has already seen it a dozen times before. Not even Omar Sharif’s narration – which transforms the film into a sort of children’s pop-up book – will make the movie any more appealing to dinosaur-obsessed tykes.But for all its attempted grandeur, 10,000 B.C. is about as slow and lumbering as a wounded manuk.

Movie Rating:

(The younger forgotten brother of Apocalypto.)

Review by Lokman BS


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