Roland Emmerich, the director of Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, now goes far into the past to create a prehistoric warfare, 10,000 BC.
The story is rather generic. The young hunter (Strait) and his mates face a series of calamities throughout the movie; you won’t find a lot of thrilling action however. It’s rather a bit messy at times. The hunters move through a large group of running mammoths yet none of them is caught under mammoths’ feet. The hero accidentally kills a deadly mammoth and is hailed for the courageous act. The heroic hunter also faces saber-toothed tiger, and terror birds.
The Stone Age man seems to speak wonderful English and also teaches it to an African tribal leader who picks it up equally well. The hero hunter walks through unexplored lands to rescue his love (Belle) from intruders who take away their women and children along with her. He is believed to be a sacred person throughout the ancient cultures.
The movie is shot in vast deserts and scenic icy landscapes. One would sometimes wonder if this existed in the Stone Age. It also shows the Egyptian Civilization coming up where the captured people are traded as slaves.
A lot of drama packed and a bit funny at times – when the young hunter is about to rescue a trapped saber-toothed tiger, the heroic hunter pleads to the tiger – “If I help you, please don’t kill me”. And what an honor, the tiger gracefully spares him not once but twice. Seeing this, the African tribes hail him for his magical powers and appeal him to lead them.
The story also shows a sort of father-son relationship that rather adds nothing more than an emotional drama to the movie. The movie is all about how the hero organizes a slave rebellion to save his people and more importantly his love.
On the plus side, the sets of Egyptian Civilization are awesome. The sequence of catching the furious mammoth is one of the good parts of the movie. The narration by Omar Sharif is brilliant.