None of Emmerich’s films are going to win awards for dialogue, but B.C. actually makes his previous films look like CHINATOWN. Let’s 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 wasn’t, yet that didn’t stop them from making the characters recite some of the most cringe-worthy dialogue we’ve seen in a long time.
But you don’t watch a film like this for the dialogue, you watch it for the action and the big, mean saber-toothed tiger…right? The action was your typical quick-editing variety in which the filmmakers don’t 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 he’s 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. It’s 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 doesn’t lead to quality filmmaking and we, the audience, have to suffer for it.
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 you’ll get to see an additional scene with the kitty as well as some more scenes with Baku. They’re on par with the rest of the film and you can’t 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, they’ve included a National Geographic bonus disc with this release. It’s on par with any other NG feature except it had a few too many CGI scenes for my liking. I guess that’s what happens when you do a feature on an extinct animal.
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