10,000 BC (2008 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.2|5.0 Starsììì

10,000 BC does not seem to have the special effects to justify its $105-million-dollar budget. It does have great cinematography, very good concept, and fresh characters to support its story. Actors Cliff Curtis and Marco Khan along with Narrator Omar Sharif help put the film into a box office monetary success category; but, like Thom Moore’s Secret of the Kells, the film begs the question of ‘why is this important’ and ‘how does the content relate to generally known concepts’? Several challenges revolve around lack of realism in the Medicine Woman vision scenes, the flying back as a bolt of lightning scenes, the generation of the wooly mammoths, and the natives’ hunt to kill the mammoths. Scenes where birds attack men in overgrown grass are highly reminiscent of Jurassic Park: Lost World where raptors kill men in vegetal overgrowth. On the other side of this small criticism, the scenes of the saber-toothed cat trying to keep above water and the wooly mammoth pulling huge stones up steep grades are fresh and well done.

Storyline

When the Yagahl tribe find their supply of wooly mammoths decreasing, they go through a series of events that lead to a changed way of life.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Roland Emmerich for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Sarah Bradshaw, William Fay, Tom Karnowski, Harald Kloser, Scott Mednick, and Thomas Tull for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: D’Leh (Steven Strait), Evolet (Camilla Belle), Tic’Tic (Cliff Curtis), Nakudu (Joel Virgel), Warlord (Affif Ben Badra), Ka’Ren (Mo Zinal), Baku (Nathanael Baring), Old Mother (Mona Hammond), One-Eye (Marco Khan), Moha (Reece Ritchie), and Lu’kibu (Joel Fry).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The film’s basic concept is good.

Ben Meyers

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