Don’t even think about comparing 10,000 B.C. with Roland Emmerich‘s previous works like Independence Day and The day after tomorrow. Believe me, this movie comes nowhere close to them. The biggest irony is that the movie looked so promising in the promos. ( Note to myself – A good promo doesn’t guarantee a good movie. Period.)

The movie follows the journey of a mammoth hunter named D’Leh ( played by Steven Strait ) as he walks walks and walks across god knows how many continents to rescue his lady love Evolet ( played by Camilla Belle ) who has been kidnapped by a warlord along with many of his tribesmen. The warlords are kidnapping people to create huge structures which bear a striking similarity to the Egyptian Pyramids ( which were not created before 2600-2500 B.C. ). On his way, D’Leh meets many other tribesmen ( who can’t speak chaste English like him ) and creates a sort of army with them. 

– The first problem with the movie is that its terribly predictable. Ten minutes into the movie and you know (Yawn!!!) what the movie is all about.  

– The second problem is that after watching some really good movies in the prehistoric genre like “The passion of the Christ” and  “Apocalypto” which used the language spoken in that era as a tool to make the movies more believable, this movie fails to absorb the audience in the sequence of events as the characters talk in English and this gave the movie a very “hip hop” feel rather than a “prehistoric” feel.

– The third problem is that the movie bears close resemblance to Apocalypto which was a far more superior and believable movie. The storyline is almost the same except for the digitally generated animals.

– The fourth problem is that all the actors fail to impress. In-fact, the woolly mammoth and the saber-toothed cats were much more interesting and engrossing. Just for the record, they looked quite real and better “actors” and were the only saving grace of the otherwise “completely lost” movie. The huge ostrich like birds too failed to impress like the humans as they were always groping with the dense grass and “too fast” camera shots.

– The fifth problem is that everything is too smooth for our hero. Right from breaching the security and entering the slave quaters to killing the “God” king, everything is a cakewalk. And to add injury to insult, the love story is on the verge of becoming a tragedy when it suddenly turns out to be a “happily ever after”.

To sum it up, avoid it if you can. But if you are not at all convinced that the movie can be that bad after watching the promos ( as I wasn’t ), then go ahead on your own discretion. Watch it for the huge computer generated Pyramid structures ( they are awesome ), watch it for the mammoths and the cat. The humans will definitely let you down.

Movie Rating : 1/5

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Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016.
Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.
He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.

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  1. Vijaya Bharat March 9, 2008 at 2:09 am - Reply

    Hey Amit, The youtube link idea is very good man. After seeing the promo, I think atleast for graphics, we can see the movie. Didnt you like the graphics.

  2. RXK March 9, 2008 at 10:23 am - Reply

    I told you… didn’t I… and guys the best part is that Mr.Amit Sharma watched this freakingly nuts, some idiotic black and white turned morons movie all alone…Yes… he watched the movies going all alone to theater…well thats pretty awkward for me and I really respect the bravery that he has shown by staying there and completing the movie… 3 cheers to you Bhaiya… Please share your experience of watching crap by all alone…

  3. Ishu Kapoor March 9, 2008 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Bhaiya…u hv put doubts in ma mind abt d movie….i was plannig to watch it today but d review has put second thots in ma mind…in other words its almost de dat m not gonna watch dis on hall…may b ovr CD…guess its atleast worth dat…wat say 🙂

  4. Amit March 10, 2008 at 12:16 am - Reply

    @Vijaya Bharat : This youtube idea is quite common. Its just that I have used it for the first time. And yes, the graphics are good but graphics can’t carry a movie on their shoulders.
    @RXK : I am glad that I watched it alone. After the “The golden compass” tragedy, this was the best thing that happened that fortunately Lokesh and Atipriya were not with me, or else I would have to listen to all their #%#%$#%#^ after the movie would have ended. I told them later that it was crap, and they gave me their Thank-god-we-were-saved-from-the-disaster 32 teeth grin. 🙂
    @Ishu : There is no doubt. you saw the rating right? 1/5. You can watch it on a dvd though, if you have loads of free time. 🙂

  5. Abha March 10, 2008 at 11:31 am - Reply

    oh thanks for the reviews as even I was planning to watch this one in the hall. And as in your case I also had to hear a lot from my friends after we all saw Golden Compass at the hall. It was such a heart break after such promising promos. This one now sounds to be a twin to that.

  6. ish March 10, 2008 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Good, 5 din bach gaye, itne mein koi aur movie download kar loonga. 😛

    But anyway, after the promos, I thought it was gonna be good. You’ve seen Golden Compass too? I heard that was good. Genuinely I’ve not liked many pre-historic movies anyway. But I heard 300 was good. It’s just that most pre-historic movies have only wars, violence and stuff like that and that’s not my kind of thing. I’d rather watch a comedy or even a mushy mushy romantic thing. Mere se ladaai wadaai nahi dekhi jaati.

  7. Anand March 10, 2008 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    10,000 BC AVOIDED.
    🙂

  8. arvind March 11, 2008 at 12:05 am - Reply

    i tried downloading it ..it was so slow that
    i got exasperated and stopped ..
    even i heard the movie aint so great but i would see it just for the special effects..
    😛
    whats harm in seeing a movie for free 😀

  9. Amit March 11, 2008 at 12:16 am - Reply

    @Abha : Its a bigger disaster than that. An know what? It opened at number one this weekend. 😐
    @Ish : Golden Compass theek thi. Not that good. And yes of the latest pre historic movies, 300 was very good. Worth watching. And have you seen “As good as it gets”. I think you would definitely like it. And I finished downloading “Bad Education”. Will see it this weekend. 🙂
    @Anand : Best decision of your life.
    @Arvind : I don’t think you would get genuine prints right now. It will me cinama hall recordings. Wait for sometime. Let the original dvd prints come. 🙂

  10. ish March 11, 2008 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Are you also downloading Bad Education from a torrent? Meri waali to abhi 10% bhi nahi hui. But I guess I didn’t give it enough time. Abhi to usko pause karke rakha hai taaki Hairspray and No Country for Old Men pehle complete ho jaye.

    I’ve heard a lot of praises about 300, will watch it eventually. What is “As Good as it gets” all about?

  11. Liju Philip March 11, 2008 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    After Rajeev Masand ripped off the movie on ibnlive.com, there was no way i was going to take a risk.

    Anyway, independence day and day after tomorrow were equally pathetic movies. That pedigree in itself was enough for me to stay off 10k BC.

  12. Amit March 11, 2008 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    @Ish : yup, I downloaded from a torrent, but the net speed is not that bad here. 😉 It gets downloaded in one night if the right number of seeds are there. And, I am even over and done downloading all the five best oscar nominations of this year. heheheh. Pretty fast na??
    As good as it gets is the “mushy mushy” kind of movie you like. Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt both got oscars for this movie. Try it. Its good.

    @Liju Philip : You didn’t liked “Independence day”? Come on, that was a cool America-saves-the-world-movie. I agree that “The day after tomorrow” was not that great, but it was a good watch….but this one is way beyond chewable.

  13. ish March 12, 2008 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Okay, I’ll download that one too then. I guess seeds is the issue, somehow I wasn’t being able to connect to enough seeds. And moreover, I was running parallel downloads so it wasn’t working. I’ve downloaded Ratatouille, Juno and Hairspray over the last 10 days. No Country for Old Men is almost done as well. After that it’s gonna be Michael Clayton, Babel, Bad Education and that Sunshine for the Spotless mind one.

  14. dinsan March 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    hmmm well, my friend also had the same comment.. not up to the promos… but still those promos are so tempting..

  15. Amit March 12, 2008 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    @Ish : Why the hell haven’t I heard of Hairspray before? It seems to be good. One more added to my to-be-downloaded list. 🙂 God knows when will I get time to see all these movies. 🙁
    @Dinsan : Believe me, that promo is the best example of “how to make a movie look interesting when it is not”. Its a Mirage. 🙂

  16. ish March 12, 2008 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    I had heard of Hairspray when I watched the Oscars. Apparently John Travolta becomes a woman in the movie so I thought it might be good. Hence, downloaded it. I’ve decided when I’m gonna watch all these movies, right after the Maths exam.

  17. esha March 13, 2008 at 11:33 am - Reply

    director ne pad liye apke ye thoughts, bechara kabhi koi film nai bayega.
    kisi ko to baksh diya kar anna.

  18. Amit March 13, 2008 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    @Ish : Even I will download it soon. And when is your next exam btw?
    @Esha : Its really bad. Believe me, specially after spending 120 bucks. 😐

  19. ish March 14, 2008 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Next exam is Maths on the 20th.

  20. ish March 14, 2008 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Can I call you anna waise? Sounds really cool somehow. 😉

  21. Amit March 14, 2008 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    @Ish : No please No. 🙁 I have no control over Esha because she will beat me up if I tell her to shut up. Uski batoon main mat aao please. Amit sounds pretty cool too. Believe me. 🙂

  22. ish March 14, 2008 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Nahi sir, main Esha ki baaton mein nahi aa raha, haalaki idea wahin se aaya tha par abhi mera bahut man kar raha hai anna bolne ka. Chalo, let it be for 2 or 3 days only? 😛

  23. arvind March 16, 2008 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    @amit
    torrent sites have oridinal prints as soon as it releases 😛

  24. Amit March 19, 2008 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    @Ish : Hmmm…chalo wish granted. 🙂 Aur kal exam hai to isliye advance best of luck bhi. 🙂
    @Arvind : Really?? I don’t know. I usually read all the comments first. People generally discuss the picture and sound quality. So, you can get to know ke print kaisa hai.

  25. ish March 21, 2008 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Thank you anna 😀

    Exam theek ho gaya waise. You’ve been keeping busy these days kya?

  26. Amit March 21, 2008 at 11:01 am - Reply

    @Ish : Good good. 🙂 Arree im damn busy nowadays. 🙁 Busy and angry and sad. I have not seen anyone’s blog for days now. 🙁

  27. ish March 22, 2008 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Busy, angry and sad seems to be a universal thing these days. Sabhi ka yahi haal hai. But at least yeh weekend to thoda sa free hoga na?

    Chalo, anyways, Happy Holi anna.

  28. Les Hmye May 22, 2008 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Hey, you said, “Watch it for the huge computer generated Pyramid structures ( they are awesome ), watch it for the mammoths and the cat. The humans will definitely let you down.”
    But I think one may also watch it to see Camilla Belle because she is so pretty! :))))))
    Ok… I know that sounds shallow but at least I get something out of the movie. Seriously, to me, the movie also carries a message “to get out of religiosity and traditions that enslave us”.

  29. Amit May 22, 2008 at 10:23 am - Reply

    @Les Hyme : Oh, yes she is pretty but I was talking about the acting part. 🙂 The theme of the movie was good and the whole technology was at the director’s disposal, but the script and the actors could have been much much better.

  30. Shower Caddy · November 4, 2010 at 6:40 am - Reply

    movie rating is very important and i always look for a good movie rating before i watch it “

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