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To anyone who has ever yearned to see woolly mammoths in full stampede across the Alps, 10,000 BC can be heartily recommended. There's also a flock of "terror birds" (lethal ostriches on steroids) in a steaming jungle only a splice away from the heroes' snow-dusted alpine habitat. And lo, somewhere in the vastness of the North African desert lies a city whose slave inhabitants alternately teem like the crowds in Quo Vadis during the burning of Rome and trudge in hieratically menacing formations like the workers in Metropolis. That's pretty much it for the cool stuff. Setting movies in prehistoric times is dicey. Apart from the "Dawn of Man" sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey, only Quest for Fire makes the grade, and its creators had the good sense to limit the dialogue to grunts and moans. 10,000 BC boasts a quasi-biblical narrator (Omar Sharif) and characters who speak in formed, albeit uninteresting, sentences (including a New Agey "I understand your pain"). But let no one say the storytelling isn't primitive. The narrator speaks of "the legend of the child with the blue eyes" and bingo, here's the kid now. When, grown up to be Camilla Belle, she's carried off by "four-legged demons" (guys on horseback to you). The neighbour boy (Steven Strait) who hankers to make myth with her leads a rescue mission into the great unknown world beyond their mountaintop. His name is D'Leh, which is Held, the German for "knight," spelled backward. So yes, there is some hidden meaning after all.10,000 BC is the latest triumph of the ersatz from writer-director Roland Emmerich. Like Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), and The Day After Tomorrow (2004) before it, it's shamelessly cobbled together out of every movie Emmerich can remember to pilfer from (though to be fair, the section in pre-ancient Egypt harks back to his own Stargate). Emmerich's saving grace is that his films' cheesiness is so flagrant, his narratives so geared for instant gratification, he can seem like a kid simultaneously improvising and acting out a story in his backyard: "P'tend there's this alien ... p'tend maybe he came from Atlantis or something...." Just don't p'tend it has anything to do with real movie-making. --Richard T. Jameson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Director Roland Emmerich might have set this action epic in prehistoric times, but audiences can expect plenty of high tech special effects in this film from the man that brought Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow to the screen. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I really enjoyed the story, its nice and it keeps you wanting more...it also looks amazing on blu-ray...if u r the kind who only watched a movie for action and thrills then most probably u wont like the movie, but if u r into a nice story with great special effects, then this movie is for u...
I give this movie a 4/5 stars and i recommend it for blu-ray fans, if ur not gonna buy it, rent it and check it out atleast...
I think if this movie were made without any dialog except for the narrative, it would have been much more enjoyable as a whole.
The opening sequences are a bit of a giveaway; the action centres of two tribal children, and fast-forwards from their young romance to their coming-of-age ceremony. OK, so this is a kid's movie really (much as Jumper turned out to be); an adventure-quest set in a time of spear-chucking hunters and giant, killer, sabre-toothed ostriches. Yes: mayhem inducing ostriches. What's not to love about killer emus...?
Viewed as family entertainment (no gore, straightforward moral messages about staying loyal to your loved ones, making allies across tribal boundaries, and so on), 10,000 BC makes plenty of sense if you're happy to suspend your snobbery along with your disbelief for 90 minutes. Unlike a couple of other well-hyped recent films (Cloverfield springs to mind), I wasn't actually bored during 10,000 BC -- and it was impossible not to let out a wee 'YAY!' when the enslaved mammoths got their rampaging revenge on their captors.
It even has a happy ending. So if you want some frivilous, un-stressful family entertainment, then 10,000 BC delivers. It's not clever, or subtle, or even particularly well produced. But it was fun.
On a small screen, you will run into the usual problems with CGI-heavy films; that the glitches which get masked on a cinema screen tend to show up on a TV at home.Read more ›
Instead I got thirty seconds of a sabre tooth tiger with 1hour 30 mins of a man resembling jesus walking across the bloomin desert. The acting was at times cheesy and cringeworthy, not to mention the cheesey storyline.
I really think if you are a director and you are going to put a huge photo of an exciting looking sabre tooth on the cover, then you really should let your audience actually see the thing for longer than a minute. very disapointed, reckon even the kids will hate it!! Only watch this movie when it comes on tv for free!
I'm willing to pay £8 for a Blu-Ray copy just for the scene with the big cat in the pit, alone!
The story about a primitive tribe called the Yagahl and a young boy called D'Leh; a young hunter who's abandoned by his father and grows up with his childhood love Evolet (Camilla Belle).
When a group of mysterious marauders ravage through the Yagahl village and kidnaps members of their tribe, including Evolet, D'Leh and a hunting party set-off on a quest to rescue them. Their journey is filled with danger as he encounters some prehistoric animals such as killer birds, and sabre-toothed tigers. His quest leads him and his party beyond the mountains where they encounter different evolved civilisations and tribes. He later discovers that his people and many more taken from other tribes are forced to work as slaves in building the great pyramids. D'Leh begins to mount an army to conquer the gods who have imprisoned his people, and bring down the tyranny before them all.
It's an action packed, visual experience that does it self justice. I could watch this movie more than once, and award it full marks, for creativeness, effects, storyline and the ability to make you think.
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So much, badly used, green screen i couldn't watch past 5 minutesPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
lovely steelbook well made lovely paintwork and good design the movie itself is ok with a good quality picture...Published 4 months ago by Steven S.
There was very little explained in the movie behind the context. It went straight in with no introduction behind the plot. Got boring after a few minutes as was very confusing.Published 4 months ago by Robert Brown
'Spectacular special effects'? I could swear at some point they were using a cardboard background scenery! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Despoina
Its boring, 10000bc and great teeth, nice looking prehistoric people. The plot was boring.Published 4 months ago by Michal T. Slomka
Loved the film, full of action, comradely, overcoming adversity. Sure it ain't the deepest film and some way from historical fact but if you're looking for an engrossing film to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by CJB