Tuesday, September 9, 2008

10,000 BC

I saw that the first two Epinions ratings of this movie gave it one star. I have been set on watching this movie since I started seeing the previews, so I passed on reading the reviews in hopes that the movie would be better than the early reviews suggested. I am currently giving this movie it's highest rating of three stars, but would recommend it for viewing once it hits video. The effects are probably better on the big screen, but the overall story really didn't rate a full fledged movie experience. I will explain.

The concept of this movie intrigued me. The clash of civilizations in ancient times, animated beasts that are now extinct, big sets, animation. This movie had the makings of a great epic. However, all of those factors were lost in a story that rushed to cover too much ground too quickly. Without spoiling the plot of this movie, the development of the characters was very weak. The characters lacked depth and believability. I went in willing to accept any historical inaccuracies to be entertained by an epic tale. The story is big and could have been done in a way that is believable. What made the story a hard sell was the lack of character development. The characters were not only one dimensional, but everything about this movie was predictable. The dialogue wasn't much better. A group of eighth graders could have easily written this dialogue. Very predictable and overly simplistic.

The basic idea in this plot revolves around ancient prophecies regarding the coming interaction between an isolated tribe and the Pharaohs. I'm not certain why the Pharaohs would travel thousands of miles to abduct a handful of Villagers, but I will let that plot concept go. The conquerors abduct a young lady along with half of the tribe. The hero must avenge the tribe and bring his wannabe bride home. In the process we end up with a Spartacus-like uprising against the foreign oppressor. A mix of mystical beliefs, witch doctors and fulfillment of prophecy stretch this plot to the very brink of believability.

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