When marauders on horseback raid a peaceful mountain village in 10,000 BC, a young hunter named D'Leh (Steven Strait) travels to the ends of the earth to rescue the kidnapped members of his clan, including his azure-eyed love Evolet (Camilla Belle). Along the way, he encounters a variety of exotic (primarily African-looking) tribes, and battles creatures including woolly mammoths, a sabre-toothed tiger, and a flock of phorusrhacids (carnivorous terror birds). In the end, he must take a stand against a powerful empire and lead his people from enslavement.
Director Roland Emmerich, known for special effects extravaganzas (Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow), tries hard to create an epic adventure, but seems to have lost interest along the way. Each sequence promises to deliver a grand spectacle, but then culminates in a feeble and hurried resolution. Even the climactic battle disappoints with its myriad of missed opportunities.
Emmerich's screenplay, co-written by Harald Kloser in a departure from his usual role as composer, is a complete bastardization of history. The biblical parallels to Moses and the Exodus are admirable, but a clichéd subplot about D'Leh's long-lost father and narration by Omar Sharif merely complicate the story. Further, the script fails to explore the intriguing concept of an untamed world on the verge of civilization. In fact, the protagonists' values are so 20th-century, it seems they have little to embrace but the invention of the iPod. Sprinkling the script with a hint of mysticism and prophecy does little to remove the proceedings from contemporary life.
Yet, to convince an audience that the members of the Yagahl tribe existed long ago, the actors speak in a variety of bewildering accents ranging from Slavic to Jamaican. And the production department has dressed them in Rastafarian dreadlocks and castoff costumes from Dances with Wolves to further the image. Of course, most of the cast is far too attractive to portray believable Cro-Magnons.
As the reluctant hero, Strait has a charisma that may signal a promising career, but the ineffectual Belle looks like a palaeolithic Avril Lavigne with her heavy eyeliner. The villainous raiders, meanwhile, both look and sound Arab, which is sure to offend minority groups.
From permafrost wastelands to vast desert-scapes, the film does offer occasional breathtaking cinematography. However, poor lighting for some exterior shots suggests indoor sets were used, and the bamboo 'jungle' looks extremely synthetic. Indeed, the film seems merely an excuse to apply CGI to prehistoric beasts, but they all look suspiciously cloudy.
Whereas 1981's Quest for Fire was a groundbreaking and compelling look at our ancestors' struggle for survival in a harsh environment, 10,000 BC is a boring saga that never draws you in. Rating: 4 out of 10.Read more ›
This movie was so stupid I find it difficult even to think about it. Again a movie with potential that resulted in a huge disappointment. The only memorable scenes, for me, were those close-ups of Camilla Belle, a hot prehistoric babe! The rest of the movie was just mental! Watched it once, but never again!
this movie could've been so much more than what they put together here i mean this is 10.000 BC. i hope they know a lot has happen back then.putting together 10.000 BC. in under 2Hours is stupid dumb & stupid again.
There is a great bonus disc included in this limited edition, National Geographic's Prehistoric Predators Sabertooth (approx. 45min.), which makes the set worth owning. The film itself is flawed which is disappointing given that some aspects of it are so good. To see recognizable 'Hollywood' faces with perfect teeth and shaped eyebrows in 10000BC is distracting and takes one immediately from an otherwise engaging story. I love the setting, photography, and for the most part the scenery. There are some wonderful special effects, but at least one location looked like the production lacked effort, or financing (where rippled water in the background remained motionless). If you can get past these points you might like the film. I could, but it took some effort.
Well, this is a fantasy prehistoric film, loved the scenaries, the actors, the legend story, much was said about it, the people who gave it a negative reviews are watching the wrong movie, it is not the discovery channel to analyze the historic facts, it's a hollywood fantasy movie and that was its intention, very enjoyable and I liked the ending, enjoyed every minute of it.
Les hommes réunit peuvent faire de très grandes choses, c'est fou ce que la volonté d'un seul homme aidé par quelques camarades, le destin et de fort vieilles prophéties peuvent donner comme résultat !
Ici nous avons droit à un histoire tout à fait grandiose, les décors sont magnifiques, les paysages a coupé le souffle et l'histoire captivante ce qui est loin d'être pour gâcher le tout ! On remonte comme le titre nous l'indique au temps des hommes "sauvages" mais ayant tellement de coeur, de croyances et de volonté qu'il est tout a fait normal de ce demandé ce que nous avons de plus qu'eux pour ne pas être nous même des "sauvages"...
Certes c'est légèrement fignolé autour de l'ignorance des gens de ce temps, mais il est tout a fait possible qu'une telle histoire est puis se passer dans ce temps voir même bien plus grand que cela, il y a toujours eu des peuples pour suivre des hommes charismatique et cela a bien souvent changer l'histoire d'un peuple pour ne pas dire la face du monde tout entier... on voie tout simplement ici une possibilité parmi tant d'autres !
Un grand film a voir si vous aimer le genre des possibilités, les grands espaces à faire rêver et que vous croyez encore que les peuples peuvent s'unir pour réaliser un but commun sans aucune arrière pensée...