Director Roland Emmerich attempts to knit together myth and legend with an unlikely love story in this epic wanna be, 10,000 BC. We join the movie as the Yagahl people struggle for survival towards the end of the Ice Age. When hope has almost been extinguished, Evolet arrives and the Yagahl elder realises that this is the beginning of the fulfillment of an ancient prophesy.
10,000 BC has everything going for it; a sweeping epic, with a central storyline of love, determination and the rise of a new hero. Emmerich is an old hand at large popcorn blockbusters, populated with masses of CGI and action that take the audience on an adrenaline ride, offering cheap but effective entertainment.
With 10,000 BC however he seems to want to do more. It’s almost as if he is trying to make a serious drama, wrapped in epic scale and dazzling effects. Sadly however, as stunning as the movie may look, it tends to fall flat whenever the narrator opens his mouth or the Yagahl elder appears to reinforce the idea that this is some mythical legend.
Without these two, annoying elements it would have been easier to immerse oneself in Emmerich’s vision and enjoyed the movie could have been. With more focus on action and penning a workable script 10,000 BC would have been an impressive feather in Emmerich’s career.
For all its faults however 10,000 BC does an adequate job of light entertainment and isn’t the worst way to spend an evening. Be warned however, Cliff Curtis, our Kiwi hero in Hollywood, stumbles around as if he was an extra on Shortland Street, seemingly having lost his talent for acting as soon as Roland screamed ‘action’.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: M – Contains Medium Level Violence.
Duration: 109 mins.
Director: Roland Emmerich.
Actors: Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis, Omar Sharif, Tim Barlow.
Release Date: Available now.