There is a key ingredient missing in 10,000.C., and that is fun.
They exist simply to be captured when a group of foreign invaders come riding into their peaceful tribe, and kidnap most of them to work as slaves back in their own home colony.
They threw in some sketchy characters that hardly reach two dimensions to inhabit this filler, and called it a screenplay.For anyone wondering, yes, that includes the budget cinema and the price of a rental.The two characters we're supposed to be focused on the planets in our solar system powerpoint are a pair of young lovers named D'Leh (Steven Strait) and Evolet (Camilla Belle).The plot, if it can even be called that, is set in the days of early man.Evolet is one of the captured, so D'Leh and a small handful of others set out to find where they've been taken to, and to seek the aid of other tribes that have also been invaded by this enemy.When something eventually did happen, it was usually underwhelming.To those people, I say please do not be drawn in by curiosity.Once the film's main tribe is attacked, the movie turns into an endless string of filler material and padding to drag the whole thing out to feature length.I'd be more impressed if the effects didn't look so out of place with the actors most of the time.
Director and co-writer, Roland Emmerich is no stranger to brainless spectacles.
In order for spectacle to work, even the cheese-filled variety such as this, there has to be something for the audience to get excited about.
The heroes are an unnamed tribal people who speak perfect English, all have the bodies of supermodels, and hunt mammoths for food.
This would make it hard to get involved in the story, but the movie dodges this tricky issue by not even having a story in the first place.
Here is a movie that looks like it cost millions to make, but is saddled with a screenplay that looks like it came from the Dollar Store.
The good tribes are the only people in this movie who have mastered the Queen's English, naturally.
Some critics have moaned that as film technology grows, the storytelling ability of the movies shrinks.Probably would have worked better as a silent movie, or a subtitled one, as most of the dialogue that comes out of the mouths of these people are as wooden as the spears they carry.I have never quite agreed with this assessment, as I believe there is a place for spectacle of any variety, even the mindless kind.Is short on spectacle, short on plot, and short on just about anything that people go to the movies for.There's a very fine line between brainless and just plain brain dead, unfortunately.I kept on waiting for something, anything, to happen.