Cast: Camilla Belle, Marco Khan, Steven Strait
Director: Roland Emmerich
Script: Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser
Rated: PG-13, for intense violence and action
The ambition of director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow knows no bounds. The filmmaker, who has made movie monsters about an army’s fight against extraterrestrials and life in a new ice age, now brings us a prehistoric adventure, complete with wooly mammoths trampling the earth.
10,000 BC tells the story of D’Leh (Steven Strait), a young hunter who has found the love of his life, Evolet (played by the beautiful Camilla Belle). When a band of mysterious war farers attack their village and capture her, D’Leh leads a small group of hunters to track down the invaders and save his love.
What follow is best described as an intense action sequence, which doesn’t leave much room for character development or, in turn, for the audience to have any sort of emotional attachment with the main character. And when the action does take the occasional breather, the attempted plot developments are, well, boring and border on cheesy.
The big difference between 10,000 BC and the director’s previous work is pretty obvious – the film doesn’t feature a big-ticket Hollywood actor to match the scale of the film. The special effects are amazing, but our hero doesn’t live up to that wow-factor.
If the actors had managed spectacular breakthrough performances, the film wouldn’t be as problematic. But what we end up with are bare-bones performances as basic as the tools he hunters use in the movie.