March 9, 2008

10000bcFirst of all, the prehistoric special effects extravaganza 10,000 B.C. (or 4000 B.C., dependent on how old you think the world is) is a Roland Emmerich movie, which means you’re getting many movies in one. In this one, you’re getting a bit of Quest For Fire and Clan Of The Cave Bear, a lot of Dances With Wolves, some Braveheart, some Apocalypto, some 300 and the “Let my people go!” aspect of The Ten Commandments. You also get woolly mammoths, one saber toothed tiger (friendly), many prehistoric ostriches (not friendly) and vaguely Native American-like cavemen in dreadlocks (not that the movie takes place anywhere near the Americas). Now if you think this is going to add up to a serious movie about our distant past, well, to scare up a quote from my distant youth, “You must be high!” It’s also about historically accurate as The Land Before Time, and shares a similar approach to characterization with that movie. What 10,000 B.C. is basically is 109 minutes of goofy CGI action adventure, with a script that goes in such wild directions you may be inclined to think the scriptwriters were high when they were writing it. It’s elevated by some great location work, and a general desire to entertain. It’s definitely not a great movie, but neither is it boring, and as an undemanding popcorn movie, it works just fine.


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