Director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, The Patriot) returns to the big screen for the first time since 2004 with his newest film "10,000 B.C." Although, I am a fan of all genres, and I give every film it's respected credit, as well as, never judge it until I have seen it for myself, I have to say that "10,000 B.C." was just not for me. MSNBC said it best, "...a lovely-to-look-at but ultimately forgettable adventure flick..." Wonderfully phrased and completely true. The Saber-tooth Tiger, the Mammoths, and the scenery were captivating, however, the film is anything but.
"10,000 B.C." is a prehistoric tale of a young Mammoth hunter D'Leh (Steven Strait) and the everlasting love of his life Evolet (Camilla Belle). One day, out with the rest of his tribe hunting Mammoth's, D'Leh's is dragged by one of the large Mammoth's when his hand becomes caught in the net they used to capture the beast. As the Mammoth breaks free and flees from the rest of the tribe, D'Leh is unwillingly hauled off with the monster. Fortunate -and extremely lucky- D'Leh slays the beast, becoming the first of anyone the tribe knows to kill a Mammoth on his own. As word spreads of his accomplishment, D'Leh receives the recognition he knows he does not deserve. Soon afterwards, his tribe falls victim to an evil warlord and his army. Taking most of the tribe prisoner, along with Evolet, D'Leh embarks on a journey through uncharted territory to rescue his love, as well as, to secure the future of his tribe. On his journey, D'Leh's reputation allows him to gather other tribes of hunters who have lost most of their village to the evil warlord's army. Creating their own massive army, D'Leh begins to lead them all to the lost civilization, for a daring rescue and a climactic finale.
It seems they were attempting to market the film as... "The First Ever Hero." In my point of view, that was not such a great idea. I do not expect "10,000 B.C." to be the much awaited hit of the box office, or even come remotely close of breaking any records. The movie is not good enough to do that, and word of mouth from those who see it early will ruin its chances. Visually stunning, similar to most of Emmerich's work, however, the film could be compared more to Emmerich's disappointments, "Godzilla" instead of his accomplishments, "Independence Day."
Pat the Movie Critic gives "10,000 B.C." ---- 2 1/2 Scoops.