14 March 2008

Before Heroism

"10,000 B.C." shares its approach to legend with last year’s "300," but it lacks the blood-spattered choreography...and heroism.

Shortly after the arrival of the blue-eyed Evolet, D’Leh’s father apparently deserts the tribe. Though D’Leh and Evolet love each other, the young hunter must emerge from the shadow created by his father’s disappearance and fulfill a prophecy in order to secure his love.

When raiders abduct Evolet, D’Leh and his mentor, Tic’Tic, set out to rescue her and the others. They encounter costumes, architecture, and vegetation from various geographical regions and time periods, but the multiculturalism of the army D’Leh assembles flattens rather than strengthens the characters.

D’Leh comes to understand his father, but even his heroic decisions seem motivated as much by impulse as conviction. William Wallace died for freedom. King Leonidas died for Sparta. D’Leh somehow saves his girl but manages not to grow up in the process.

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