10,000 B.C.
Entertainment: +1
Acceptability: +1/2

Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis. Epic Adventure. Written by Roland Emmerich & Harald Kloser. Directed by Roland Emmerich.

FILM SYNOPSIS: The story takes place during a fanciful, 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, DLeh (Steven Strait), has found his hearts passion the beautiful Evolet (Camilla Belle). When a band of mysterious warlords raid his village and kidnap Evolet, DLeh is forced to lead a small group of hunters to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her. Driven by destiny, the unlikely band of warriors must battle saber-tooth tigers and prehistoric predators and, at their heroic journeys end, they uncover a Lost Civilization. Their ultimate fate lies in an empire beyond imagination, where great pyramids reach into the skies. Here they will take their stand against a powerful god who has brutally enslaved their people.

REVIEW: Theres no swearing in this movie. They could barely speak, let alone come up with satisfactory invectives, and obviously no one could misuse Jesus name its B. C. Not even Hollywood could overlook that fact. And the trailer (the theatrical commercial) was solid. It was exciting seeing all those hairy elephants stepping on falling cave folk. Unfortunately, those are about the only qualities contained in Roland Emmerich and Harald Kloser script, or director Roland Emmerich completed production. For despite all the special effects (its laden with them), and the battle-saturated action, the film is, well boring. I dont know, maybe Ive outgrown my enthusiasm for dinosaur movies, but this film goes nowhere and takes a lot of our time attempting to get there. The anachronistic dialogue, the uninteresting leading couple, and the films pacing are unsatisfying. King Kong (the 1931 version) was a morality play, and contained armchair-grabbing original effects for its time (still holds up). Jurassic Park was funny and energized (no expense was spared). 10,000 B. C., however, is devoid of humor (well, intentional humor), originality, or excitement.

As for the Voodoo-like priestess or the films spiritual leanings, I wouldnt worry that this will mislead youngsters. Frankly, its difficult to take anything here seriously, especially its take on early religion. I doubt many are going for its depiction of spiritual matters. They want to see primitive man up against prehistoric beasties. And there will also be those hoping for cave women in fur-lined bikinis. They will be disappointed. The cave chicks wear dreadful-looking dreadlock wigs and layers of body-concealing mammoth skins.

DVD Alternatives: Journey to the Center of the Earth (silly, but fun), King Kong (the original).

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Warner Bros./ Legendary Pictures

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: Though its comic book-like, there is a great deal of violence as tribes war against one another and prehistoric beasts attempt to squash or eat humans; A barbarian wants to rape the female lead, but she is rescued; a captive woman is beaten and nearly torn apart, but rescued in time; though none of the violence is overly graphic, there is an excessive amount, as expected with the genre. Blood: Some blood as several cave dwellers are knifed or speared to death.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: A bare female shoulder, but no nudity.
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
Running Time: 109 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Above

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