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10,000 B.C. (SE)
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07.10.2008 By: Sturdy
10,000 B.C. (SE) order
Director:
Roland Emmerich

Actors:
Steven Strait
Camilla Belle
Cliff Curtis

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When a young manís village is attacked and his woman is kidnapped, he and an elder set out to free their people. Along the way they meet other tribes that have suffered similar fates and together, they travel across the desert to face their foes.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
10,000 B.C. is what APOCOLYPTO would have been had it been made by someone with less vision and talent that was trapped within the confines of the Hollywood system. I thoroughly enjoyed APOCOLYPTO, but B.C. was almost unbearable to watch and impossible to take seriously. I would have been ok with that had I felt the filmmakers didnít take themselves too seriously, but unfortunately, I felt they actually thought they were making a quality film and not a campy, slightly fun, joke of a movie.

None of Emmerichís films are going to win awards for dialogue, but B.C. actually makes his previous films look like CHINATOWN. Letís forget for a second that everyone alive in the time happens to speak with an English accent, I just had problems with what they were saying. Again, it was like the filmmakers were trying to convince us this was a moderately decent film. It wasnít, yet that didnít stop them from making the characters recite some of the most cringe-worthy dialogue weíve seen in a long time.

But you donít watch a film like this for the dialogue, you watch it for the action and the big, mean saber-toothed tigerÖright? The action was your typical quick-editing variety in which the filmmakers donít want to actually show you anything, but instead want you to think you just saw something. I did like the saber-toothed tiger and he easily gets my vote for best performance in the film. Unfortunately, the tiger had maybe four minutes of screen time and then was cast off as an afterthought. Why heís on the cover and in all the previews is beyond me.

The fact that B.C. made any money at the box office is really a credit to the Hollywood marketing machine. Itís amazing that they can take a film that has no redeeming qualities and construct it and sell it in a way that makes anyone want to pay to see it. Unfortunately, that doesnít lead to quality filmmaking and we, the audience, have to suffer for it.
THE EXTRAS
Alternate Ending (3:06): The only difference with this ďalternateĒ ending is the fact that this one has a narratorís voice over. So as you may have guessed, itís nothing earth shattering and would have had very little impact on the film had it not been changed.

Additional Scenes (10:38): Why on earth they actually cut a scene with the tiger and left other, worthless scenes in is beyond my comprehension. Here youíll get to see an additional scene with the kitty as well as some more scenes with Baku. Theyíre on par with the rest of the film and you canít tell where they belong within the context of the story.

National Geographic: Prehistoric Predators (45:01): In what can only be described as a shameless marketing tie-in for the WB, theyíve included a National Geographic bonus disc with this release. Itís on par with any other NG feature except it had a few too many CGI scenes for my liking. I guess thatís what happens when you do a feature on an extinct animal.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I think little kids might get a kick out of the big tiger, but I canít see anyone with an adult education appreciating this film at all. Bad acting, bad directing, bad writingÖwell, the list goes on. I wouldnít even bother with a rental.
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