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First Published: Sat, Mar 08 2008. 12 31 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Mar 10 2008. 12 50 PM IST
Movie: 10,000 B.C
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Steven Strait, Camella Belle, Cliff Curtis
Genre: Action, drama, adventure
New Delhi: From director Roland Emmerich comes a sweeping odyssey into a mythical age of prophesies and gods, when spirits rule the land and mighty mammoths shake the earth.
In a remote mountain tribe, the young hunter D’Leh (Steven Strait) has found his heart’s passion – the beautiful Evolet (Camilla Belle). But when a band of mysterious warlords raid his village and kidnap Evolet, D’Leh leads a small group of hunters to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her.
As they venture into unknown lands for the first time, the group discovers there are civilizations beyond their own and that mankind’s reach is far greater than they ever knew. At each encounter the group is joined by other tribes who have been attacked by the slave raiders, turning D’Leh’s once-small band into an army.
Driven by destiny, the unlikely warriors must battle prehistoric predators while braving harsh elements. At their heroic journey’s end, they uncover a lost civilization and learn that their ultimate fate lies in an empire beyond imagination, where great pyramids reach into the skies.
Here they will take their stand against a tyrannical god who has brutally enslaved their own. And it is here that D’Leh finally comes to understand that he has been called to save not only Evolet but all of civilization.
Shot in South Africa and Namibia, the movie relies extensively on creative computer imagery, research for which extended to 18 months. The film was slated for a July 2007 release, but post production editing stalled its release by about eight months.
Like most fairy tales there is a message here: good men protect their immediate circle of family and loved ones, but those who are noble go beyond that, extending that circle to bring in their community, tribe and country. This is more than amplified with the evolving of D’Leh from a person with self acknowledged human frailties to a leader who commands respect and a swelling following by the sheer courage and strength of character that he gradually comes to acquire.
A fascinating tale, even if the computerized wizardry begins to get to you after a while , Thankfully the locales are spectacular and they more than make up for the complete grey and brown tones of the costumes and ‘look’ of the actors.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Centropolis Production of a Roland Emmerich film: “10,000 BC,” starring Steven Strait, Camilla Belle and Cliff Curtis. Directed by Roland Emmerich, from a screenplay written by Roland Emmerich and Harald Kloser, the film is produced by Michael Wimer, Roland Emmerich and Mark Gordon. Harald Kloser, Sarah Bradshaw, Tom Karnowski, Thomas Tull and William Fay are the executive producers.
The movie releases today in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telegu.
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First Published: Sat, Mar 08 2008. 12 31 AM IST