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Film Review: “10,000 B.C.”

(Warner Bros. 1 hour, 39 minutes. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence. Directed by Roland Emmerich.) Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis, Joel Virgil, Affif Ben Badra, Mo Zinal, Marco Khan. Narrated by Omar Sharif. Music by Harald Kloser.

Anyone who was paying attention in history class would call this story closer to science fiction. Since I wasn’t paying attention, I was able to enjoy this blend of live-action and CGI. In a remote mountain community (supposedly Africa), a young hunter is devastated when a band of mysterious warlords raid his village and kidnap his true love. He leads a small group of warriors to a faraway empire to save her, encountering saber-tooth tigers and prehistoric predators along the way. The monsters and action scenes are very impressive, and occur often enough so that you don’t nod off during the dialogue scenes. Critics have carped about the (vast) historical inaccuracies, but the audience I saw it with liked it. Hey, director Emmerich’s last movie was The Day After Tomorrow, so he’s already prepped us for the outrageous.