Friday, March 7, 2008
The budget of "10,000 B.C." (USA 2008, 109 min.) is 75 million dollars. Will this much money bring us back to 12,000 years ago? Not a chance. This ridiculous film has little to offer except its expensive CGI work.
As the title suggested, the story is set in 10,000 B.C. D'Leh is living in a tribe somewhere on earth surrounded by gorgeous snow covering mountains, deadly sandstorm desert, and water pouring jungles. Evolet is the woman D'Leh loves, but she and other tribe members are captured by a warlord. Thus, heroic D'Leh goes on a quest to rescue Evolet by awakening the slaves to start a riot.
It sounds like a plot lifted from a children's book, only less convincing. There is not one single believable or interesting character in the film. Never mind how they can go from place to place magically, without helicopters. Actually they don't even carry food and water with them, but they can cross the dessert, climb over mountains, and just show up anywhere the director want them to be.
I am not old enough to listen how people talk 10,000 years ago, now thank this film, I now know that they talk in English with a very heavy weird accent.
When I was watching the film, these characters remind me the homeless people on the streets in the notorious Tenderloin area in San Francisco. They look dirty, hungry, drugged, and confused. These characters have similar hairdos like those homeless people and even babble nonsense continuously. When those slaves bring out a blind guy from underground where they have been hiding (year right!), he looks just like someone randomly grabbed from streets in Tenderloin.
The entire movie is aiming to showing off the CGI work ostentatiously, disregarding stories and characters. At some point, it even brings out a big cat with big teeth. What does the cat do? Absolutely nothing, except to open the mouth to show the big teeth. If San Francisco had this cat, the tregedy would have been avoided.
People should give the money to those homeless people on the streets in Tenderloin, instead of filling the $75 million hole.