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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Saber-toothed cats, wooly mammoths, and ground sloths oh my!

Last night, Ben, Elissa, and I went to an All media screening of 10,000 BC. Here's a brief synopsis of the film from the Warner Brothers website:

From director Roland Emmerich (“Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow”) comes a sweeping odyssey into a 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 D’Leh (Steven Strait) has found his heart’s passion – the beautiful Evolet (Camilla Belle). But when a band of mysterious warlords raid his village and kidnap Evolet, D’Leh leads a small group of hunters to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her.

I had read some bad reviews of this film before going in and quite honestly I enjoyed the film despite the punks around us who were whipping out their texting devices during the film so that my face was more illuminated than the movie screen. It's sad that these kids can't sit through a movie without constantly checking to see if they got a text message and carrying on silent chats during a movie that is just over an hour and a half.

Back to the movie. After watching the first 10 minutes, I wasn't sure it was my cup of tea. Omar Sharif pipes in with some narration in the beginning which you better be paying attention to because I think all three of us missed the jist of the setup. The movie, for me, really starts once we see the Wooly Mammouth on screen. We are fed the first of many action sequences and seeing the Mammouth up close and personal brought a smile to my face.

The screenplay isn't great, but the CGI and action make the film enjoyable. Did I mention the Wooly Mammouth? Most of the action sequences involve characters being attacked by some pre-historic animal. There are also some pyramids being built in what one would think is Egypt but is not. In fact, I'm not sure where the movie takes place. And everyone in the film speaks better English than most of America today. How'd that happen? There was another little thing that bothered me about this film. A few of the bad guys had voices so deep that they must have been digitally altered. Is this supposed to make them seem that much more evil? I felt like I was watching a cartoon.

If you're looking for an entertaining flick this weekend and you like Wooly Mammouths, check out 10,000 BC.

1 comment:

BennyPhish said...

Here was my quote: "I just couldn't get over the anthropological nightmare." And why does it always have to be a white guy that saves the day? Not very racially sensitive.