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10,000 B.C.




With director Roland Emmerich having seemingly exhausted every futuristic disaster known to man in films like "Independence Day," "Godzilla" and "The Day After Tomorrow," it's only fitting that he turn his world-crushing gaze back in time "? way back, as a matter of fact "? in "10,000 B.C."

The story is thin. Among a peaceful prehistoric tribe, D'Leh (Steven Strait, "The Covenant") is heralded as a hero for his slaughter of a mammoth, although he achieved the feat quite by accident and pure dumb luck. However, he gets a chance to redeem himself when the apple of his eye, Evolet (Camilla Belle, "When a Stranger Calls") is kidnapped by a warring tribe.

In his quest to save her, he and fellow tribesmen "? who seem to have modeled their hairstyles after (or is that before?) Counting Crows front man Adam Duritz "?  must face of litany of computer-generated creatures, including strange bird-like beasts, the cover's sabertooth tiger and raptors that will make you wish you were watching a "Jurassic Park" sequel instead.

"10,000"'s biggest crime is simply being boring, but there are other faults, too: The acting is amateurish; it 's difficult to get into the characters when so many of them look the same; and some chase scenes are so obviously green-screened, they're downright laughable.

For a big-budget spectacle such as this, Warner's disc is lean in extras, with a smattering of extra scenes. However, the effects are unfinished, taking away their appeal.

 "?Rod Lott

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