10,000 BC (2008) – 4/10 action movie review

Cast / crew
Director, Producer and Writer: Roland Emmerich
Music, Writer and Executive Producer: Harald Kloser
Steven Strait: D’leh
Camilla Belle: Evolet
Cliff Curtis: Tic’Tic
Narrator: Omar Sharif

10,000 BC (2008)

When D’leh’s would-be wife Evolet is taken away from his village to work as a slave, he pouts a bit then chases after her in rescue.


An instant lack of atmosphere badly hurts this period action adventure and, without that, the tiresome script, always dull drama, largely dull action and dreadfully uncharismatic leads cannot be overlooked. The mammoth hunt is a stand-out sequence but confrontations with big red birds and a speartooth tiger are oddly uneffective. It doesn’t even work as eye candy with every pretty vista undermined by not-quite-perfect blue-screen work (especially early on) and uninspired production design. This is Roland Emmerich’s worst American film and, as writer (with, oddly, composer Harald Kloser), director and producer, he has no-one else to blame. He was clearly going for epic but, instead, just made his 100 minute movie feel really long.

This movie contains graphic spear violence, strong blade violence, strong hammer violence, unpleasant scenes

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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