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.