7 ratings and 8 reviews
Do not, do not, do not waste your time and money on this piece of extraordinary shit. Do anything else instead. Full review.
Emmerich says he deliberately steered away from casting big names, but shorn of starpower like Will Smith, Jake Gyllenhaal or Mel Gibson, the characters simply fade into the scenery as audiences find it hard to decipher who is who under the mud, hair and war paint. Fortunately, the impossibly clean Belle is kept in pristine condition, while New Zealand's own Cliff Curtis labours under a Nandor Tanczos wig. Prehistoric compared to 1966's One Million BC, this is a movie so bad our government should be demanding its tax-break back. At least Central Otago looks pretty. Full review.
As one might expect, there are campy moments and far too much reliance on God-like interventions in the affairs of early man. Less expected is that 10,000 BC works just fine as an action Western with handsome actors in striking costumes and a few CG predators, which are giddy fun. Full review.
The scenery is beautiful and expansive, from the snow-covered mountains and lush rainforest to the stunning desert, but unfortunately it's the human element that lets this film down. If half-naked men with dreads, dirty faces and immaculately white teeth is your thing, then you're in luck. Just don't expect them to say anything worthwhile. Full review.
Call it "Apocalypto" for pussies -- a PG-13 rating, puh-leese! -- or prehistory for peabrains. Just don’t call it friendo. 10,000 B.C. will take your money, rob your time and hit your brain like a shot of Novacaine. Full review.
Omar Sharif's narration lends a faint air of importance to the film, which is already burdened by bags of self importance, and the cast have to battle through impenetrable costumes and make up without looking silly. They almost succeed .... If some of the mumbo jumbo were cut out, not only would it tighten the film, it would also make the essential core of the story, the chase, more dynamic. But the film must be judged a partial success in appealing to its prime audience of teenagers eager for novelty. Full review.
Conventional where it should be bold and mild where it should be wild, 10,000 BC reps a missed opportunity to present an imaginative vision of a prehistoric moment. Full review.