If you’re looking to see a realistic historical movie, then 10,000 BC isn’t probably the best choice. Though many American movies tend to change facts with fantastic fiction to draw in a greater crowd – Braveheart and Gladiator are two such fine examples – 10,000 BC isn’t about history at all.
Nope, this movie does a fine job setting up the right atmosphere in recreating the natural habitats of the earliest men on our planet, but beyond that it’s all about the action and the CGI-animals. Come to think of it: 10,000 BC is more like a moving circus than an actual movie based on historical facts …
But don’t let that fool ya!
10,000 BC is still much fun to watch. The authenticity of watching a tribe of hunters with their spears (not Britney) go after a huge mammoth, the pressure of having to earn your respect amongst your brothers in arms, and the blossoming of a beautiful young relationship are all nicely set up in the beginning of the movie.
There’s basically three large animals you’ll encounter in the movie: a group of mammoths, a lone sabretoothed tiger and a pack of crazy prehistorian chickens.
None of them are any real, but they still look ok. Don’t expect any groundbreaking special effects like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, and you’ll do fine enjoying this little blockbuster.
This time he moves the action into the Yaghal camps of an ancient tribe of men – that means no flying saucers or giant reptile monsters surfacing from Tokyo – just a hunter named D’Leh who takes a journey into uncharted territory to secure the future of his clan and saving the love of his life!
No real worthy acting performances to talk about, though the leader of the bad guys – an unusual appearance by Affif Ben Badra – gives the movie some extra colors. The leading hero is brought to life by Steven Strait (who?) and the damsel in distress is the very beautiful Camilla Belle.
Are you going to enjoy 10,000 BC? Probably yes.
Are you going to remember this movie until the day you die? Hardly. There’s not enough extraordinary things to behold in this movie. Everything feels fine but at the same time the movie lacks real suspension, decent actors, and a better plot.
You’ll most likely enjoy this movie, but a few months later you might have to scratch your brain to remember anything about it …
Did you know?
The voice over throughout the movie is done by actor Omar Sharif, who became famous with Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago.
Give it to me short:
10,000 BC is quite good, although it never becomes more than ‘just another blockbuster’.
The story keeps the middle between Dances with wolves and Avatar, and appears to be a cheaper version of Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto. That movie displays a nice setting of realism about how the Mayans must’ve lived before they were hunted down … 10,000 BC is much more of a plastic surgeon-Hollywood CGI-fest compared to that. And it’s losing some vital points because of it …
It’s understandable that director Roland Emmerich wants to use computer-effects when making a movie about aliens or giant reptile monsters, but why did he do it for this movie? He could’ve easily stayed true to the source and made this movie much more natural.
The story after all is about a young warrior on a path to discover his true self in rescuing his people and saving his girlfriend … and he rounds up a whole bunch of funny-looking Africans to achieve his great goal.
The one thing that probably stays with you is the creation of the CGI-animals. Though you’ve probably seen a lot better, it’s still neatly done and should provide for a scare or two.
The ending is a bit weak, the casting of the actors sometimes feeble but 10,000 BC is a movie worth your time if you just wanna kick back your feet and relax!