Friday, January 8, 2010
On the small screen: 10,000 B.C.
Directed & co-written by Roland Emmerich
Date watched: 8th Jan
It might seem odd to have our first D.V.D. review be for a movie that neither of us had any actual interest in, but to be honest, James wanted to make the same joke in this review that he made when he first saw this film in theatres. 10,000 years Before Cosmetics??? The lead actress (Camilla Belle) and one of only 2 women with any actual screen time has a scene near the end where she is crying and her mascara is running. It really bothers him. A lot.
The main plot revolves around a romance that the audience is bored with inside the first 15 minutes. In typical Emmerich style the film is heavy on the special effects (although not the best we've seen) and thin of character development and plot progression. It is interesting that the trailer shows this as a non-stop action packed blockbuster. In fact it is a heck of a journey where semi-interesting things occasionally happen.
With two dimensional characters it was hard for us to engage with film other than on a superficial level. We had no investment in the characters and consequently couldn't invest in the action when it happened.
If you liked The Mummy, Jurassic Park, King Kong or Land of the Lost... then avoid this film.
Our combined rating: 3.5 out of 10