10,000 B.C.

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Perhaps the best way to approach this movie is to think of it as a sci-fi or fantasy set somewhere that bears a vague resemblance to Earth at say, and I’m just pulling a date out of nowhere, around 10,000 B.C. Then you can sit back and enjoy without keeping a tally of all the errors. I watched this movie when it first came out and like many others, I was outraged at the huge number of blatant inaccuracies in astronomy, history, geography, archaeology, paleontology, anthropology, linguistics, topography, botany, biology, cartography, Egyptology, etc. I gave it three stars because I liked the characters, the CGI was great and it also had something of ethical value to say. I rented it again in 2014 after binge-watching Primeval and found the movie to be better than I’d remembered. Oh, it was still full of factual errors, but once I decided to dismiss them and just focus on the narrative, it was a lot better. Young mammoth hunter D’Leh sets out on a quest to save his tribe and rescue the woman he loves, Evolet (played by Camille Belle).  A bit reminiscent of Stargate and the subsequent TV series Stargate SG-1, both of which I absolutely love and own on DVD, this movie explores a past that might have been. Full of lush visuals, the movie has fun showing everyone’s favorite creatures like mammoths, giant birds and sabre tooth cats, choosing to thrill the audience rather than please the academics. I think the biggest mistake the producers made was to title the movie ‘10,000 B.C.’ which implies it is meant to be a historical piece. It would be much more accurate to say it was ‘inspired by Earth circa 10,000 B.C.’, which would also forestall the vast majority of viewer complaints. This is an imaginative story of magic, prophecy, courage, love, loyalty and perseverance, an epic tale to be told around a campfire.   If you want a documentary set in the same time period, watch the BBC’s Walking with Beasts, conveniently available to stream or rent on Netflix. Not a cinematic masterpiece but a quasi-prehistoric flavored adventure intended to entertain, which it does in spades. – BETHANY

Know you’ve seen that mammoth in another movie and can’t remember which one?  The Internet Movie Database won’t answer that question (because, you know, extinct), but it will tell you which actors were in this movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443649/?ref_=nv_sr_1

                                                 D’Leh and Evolet

Huh, this could be bad …

This kid gets himself into a lot of trouble

https://i0.wp.com/images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/10-000-B-C--upcoming-movies-680828_1280_1024.jpgMore creature related peril

Curiouser and curiouser

Photos courtesy of Legendary Pictures, Centropolis Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures

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