Written August 04, 2014
I was looking forward to this movie. The previews were spectacular. Finally, Saturday came and I was on my way to the theater full of excitment and expectation. Flash forward 2 hours later; as I walked out of the theater, I was nearly tempted to ask for a refund. This movie is a monumental failure. It will most likely earn a Razzie. Just awful. But, the odd thing is, I REALLY want to be able to say it was good. It TRIED to be good. It WANTED to be good. It just WASN'T even CLOSE to good. The script was laughable - I sat there wondering if this was a "spoof" type movie (like the Scary Movie or Airplane type movies); had I misunderstood? Was this SUPPOSED to be funny and I just misunderstood the previews?? No. Sadly; no. You children might like it (I would suggest 7 to 12 yr olds - any kid older than that will see through the sillyness of this movie.) The mammoths and giant cat were interesting to watch - but for me that wasn't enough.
Written March 11, 2008
JUST SAW THE FREE PRESS PREVIEW OF THIS ENTERTAINING MOVIE. GREAT!!!
A WELL-CRAFTED COMING-OF-AGE TALE OF A YOUNG HUNTER ON HIS JOURNEY TO MANHOOD AND EVENTUALLY BECOMING A WARRIOR AND LEADER OF HIS TRIBE.
THEMES EXPLORED IN THIS FAST-PACED MOVIE ARE GOOD VS EVIL, TRUE LOVE, VALOR/COURAGE/LEADERSHIP, SLAVERY, FRIENDSHIP, HONOR, COMPASSION, DIVERSITY, AND REDEMPTION.
GOOD MAKE-UP AND COSTUMES - GOOD CGI.
ABOVE ALL, DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/CO-WRITER EMMERICH IS A REALLY GOOD MOVIE-MAKER. CHARACTERS AND PLOT DEVELOP GRADUALLY SUFFUSING THE STORY WITH CREDIBILITY AND DRAWS THE AUDIENCE IN. YOU CAN'T HELP BUT TO ROOT FOR OUR YOUNG HERO ALL THE WAY.
SORRY BUT I AM NOT GOING TO GIVE AWAY ANY MAJOR PLOT DETAILS - YOU'LL BE GLAD TO ENJOY THE MOVIE AS IT UNFOLDS GRADUALLY AND LOGICALLY.
THE ENDING SUFFERED SLIGHTLY FROM A DOSE OF HOKEY. I HOPE THERE WOULD BE A BETTER ALTERNATE ENDING WHEN THE DVD COMES OUT EVENTUALLY.
MEANWHILE, BRING ALONG YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY & FRIENDS - ENJOY!!
Written March 10, 2008
This is a shocking letdown. How could the directer be so careless with the history? Pyramids weren't built until 7000 to 6000 years later. MAMMOTHS roam in COLD, I REPEAT COLD, conditions. Though at the beginnig we see the mammaths where they belong, they were also seen in the hot desert in this movie... HUH? And the giant beasts were also helping building the pyramids. Once again a "huh?" Although the acting, dialogue, and the storyline were fair enough, the visual/special effects are the big attention getter for this movie. If you ignore the inaccurate history, then this is a movie worth seeing.
Written March 09, 2008
The trailer of this film led to high expectations for most people who saw this film. Everybody who saw the trailer expected a summer blockbuster when they got a decent film.
The whole point of the movie is to tell the story of a man who risks his life to save the one he loves. Steven Strait and Camilla Belle are both great actors who are very early in their career.
I think most people who saw this film expected an action film. Be a little realistic here, do you expect a small man to take on a saber tooth tiger with a spear?D'Leh is a mammoth hunter who knows how to get mammoth's to "charge". He used that to his advantage to defeat a stronger enemy. He didn't go around with a spear killing hundreds of guys, he did not kick guys off the pyramid. It was a realistic action film. Yes the script was not great, but it was not horrible. Good movie unless you expect a hunter/gather man take on a civilization more advanced without help. This movie is good, trailer made it out to be more action
Written March 17, 2008
I chose not to read any of the reviews. I had no expectations, just saw a few previews. I liked it. It was suspenseful and exciting. The beginning started off a bit corny but ended up rolling into an entraining film. I would like to watch it again just in case I missed anything!