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10,000 BC (10000 BC)

Released on 21 July 2008

Featuring: Steven Strait, Camilla Belle & Cliff Curtis

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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From Roland Emmerich, director of Independance Day and The Day After Tomorrow comes 10,000 BC, a sweeping odyssey into a mythical age of prophesies and gods, when spirits rule the land and mighty mammoths shake the earth.

In a remote mountain tribe, the young hunter D'Leh (Steven Strait) has found his heart's passion - the beautiful Evolet (Camilla Belle). But when a band of mysterious warlords raid his village and kidnap Evolet, D'Leh leads a small group of hunters to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her. As they venture into unknown lands for the first time, the group discovers there are civilizations beyond their own and that mankind's reach is far greater than they ever knew. At each encounter the group is joined by other tribes who have been attacked by the slave raiders, turning D'Leh's once-small band into an army.

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 NO!

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I waited quite some time before I had the chance to see this movie. I saw it in trailers, but unfortunately it didn't appeal to me enough to see it in the cinema. However, I watched this earlier today, and I can't believe it... What a joke this film led to be.
The plot is quite interesting when you hear it summarised. But it's to a great unfortunate instance that this film turned out to be so bad. It had such a great chance to be an excellent movie. However, the many historic inconsistencies, ridiculous landscape structure, absurd fairy-tale like magic, and loads more turned it into something that it shouldn't have been.

Here's the thing - the film is set in the obvious 10,000 B.C. Questions rather hastily arise from just thinking about it. Why do they speak English for a start! It would have been 10,000 times better if no words were spoken. At least then it would have some form of realism. When they spoke, it was never anything of actual value - One of the first things our hero says is how the moon (which according to them stays in the same place) shines in the sky, and how that represents his love for our leading lady. I forbid as well, that this at one point is a shining dot in the sky and at another about 20 times bigger than our moon actually is. I'm pretty fed up with the moon being enlarged in movies - there is no need for it, and it simply cheapens the scene every time.
Another problem; the sheer amount of historical inconsistencies are truly a burden to the film, and since it's trying to be set 10,000 BC, you'd think they would do they're research, and get the facts right; Right? Well, apparently not because let's list a few, shall we?
Eighteen foot long sabre tooth tigers did not exist in that era. Nor did mastodons (at least not where they were anyway). Elephants today, and then, were lead by the matriarchal female - Bulls were never leaders as depicted in this film.
(a) Metalworking - first copper, then bronze, then iron - was not mastered before 5500 BC; (b) Exploitation of horses for human transportation started approximately 4000 BC; (c) The earliest pyramid was erected in Egypt circa 2630 BC; and (d) Mammoths had never been domesticated as pack animals.

Okay, there are lot of errors there already, but there are still loads more! I haven't even mentioned the massive problems with the films geography. To start, the group set out starting on mountain tops, then suddenly into a tropical forest, then a desert, with seemingly no transitions at all. The tropical forest is too close to the snowed mountains, without any transition between them. The terror birds that attacked in the forest lived in South America not Europe, Asia, or Africa. The tribes are seen sleeping barely clothed in the desert during night-time. The temperature differences between day and night are known to be enormous in the desert, because the heat cannot be held in.

So with this many problems, what else is there to possibly be wrong with it? I'll tell you - it copies scenes from other (decent) movies, it has a fair amount of cheesy lines, it's completely predictable, it has a bad cast, who can't act well, bad costumes and the CG was poor at best.
(Just for the sake of anyone wondering what movies it copied scenes from: 300, Aliens, Jurassic Park are a small list.)

In my honest opinion, if you want to see a decent version of this, watch 'Apocalypto' instead. In truth, I wanted this film to be good, but the constant amount of inconsistencies and other problems just made it impossible for it to be any better than a 1 or 2 star rating. On a last note, the ending was THE WORST thing I've ever seen in a supposed SERIOUS film. I'd advise to skip this movie entirely.

 Old Fashioned Fun

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You usually know what to expect with Emmerich - in terms of script this is one of his weaker efforts, although the set pieces are still thrilling. Even less realistic than 'Day After Tomorrow', and stealing from every film set before 1,000 BC let alone 10,000, it can at least maintain your interest for its surprisingly short running time.

 Good Saturday matinee film.

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Absolutely the most silly film you will ever see, but having said that, as long as you take it all with a pinch of salt, it' great fun. The script is a bit weak, and it's all a little slow paced, but the acting and directing are good enough. It's far better at home than at the cinema. You can get up now and then for more refreshments! Overall it's a good Saturday matinee film and I can well imagine it being on the TV during the holidays for many years to come. I must admit, though, that I agree with one of the other reviewers, that would be best to wait until the price comes down a bit.

 Stop Complaining

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This was a decent film, not the best, but highly watchable. so stop complaining about its inconsistancies and the fact they speak in english, I want to watch a film to be entertained not to read subtitles or to have a history lesson. Besides some of the best films have been totaly inacurate, just look at braveheart. Anywho if you just want to watch an action film and don't want to do too much thinking, this is the one for you.

 Good!!!

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The film as a whole was good just a little disappointed there was no blood n guts which would of made it more realistice for the time set. Graphics were great n the acting was ok, all in all a good film to watch on release :)

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ActorsSteven Strait, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis, Omar Sharif, Reece Ritchie, Suri van Sornsen, Joel Virgel, Affif Ben Badra, Mo Zinal, Nathanael Baring, Mona Hammond, Marco Khan, Joel Fry, Kristian Beazley, Junior Oliphant & Louise Tu'u
DirectorRoland Emmerich
Certificate12 years and over
Year2008
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Duration1 hour and 45 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.