10,000 BC and Die Hard 4.0…


I’m not sure what I can say about 10,000 BC. It wan’t a terrible film, it just wasn’t all that good. As Noons pointed out, the time-line was very dubious to say the least.

The thing that bugged me the most was the galloping mammoths. As far as I can remember elephants, and therefore mammoths by extrapolation, can’t gallop like horses. They just walk really quickly. Turns out in 10,000 BC they can do a full-on gallop like a giant race horse. I was also surprised to see them in such hot conditions. I was under the impression they were a cold climate creature, hence the wooley coat. Turns out they were really happy building pyramids in 10,000 BC, even though everyone knows the pyramids were built by aliens. πŸ™‚

Less annoying, but equally misleading was the shape of the sabre toothed tiger. Looked just like a modern tiger to me, but with long teeth. Not much like the sabre tooth tiger pictures I’ve seen before. I guess they were a bit different in 10,000 BC…

I realize I’m being really picky for what is meant to be a bit of entertainment, but I don’t see why you need to tamper with some of this stuff. A stampede of elephants/mammoths would look pretty impressive even without the galloping. As too would a sabre-toothed tiger in its original form. It’s another case of dumbing everything down so much that it no longer has any link to reality.

I watched Die Hard 4.0 on DVD the other night. This kinda passed me by on the cinema and I don’t really know why. Anyway, I really enjoyed it. Totally mindless and ridiculous, just like a Die Hard film should be. Don’t ask me why my standards change with every film I review. They just do. πŸ™‚



Author: Tim...

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9 thoughts on “10,000 BC and Die Hard 4.0…”

  1. “A stampede of elephants/mammoths would look pretty impressive even without the galloping.” Maybe they just copied the code from the ‘galloping horses’…
    I went to an exhibition once on the making of Lord of the Rings. One of the bits I remember about all the software they built to ‘manage’ the animated armies is that, when they first ran it, pretty much all the individuals simply ran away. They had to make them practically suicidal before they’d actually stand and fight.

  2. Well,

    From Trivial Pursuit I did learn that elephants are really the only animals that *can’t* jump πŸ™‚ at least out of all the animals that might be given the chance to jump. πŸ™‚

  3. “Don’t ask me why my standards change with every film I review. They just do”

    Good, that’s why it’s always entertaining to read Tim πŸ˜‰

  4. I didn’t see 10,000BC, but I did saw the trailer more than once (you can’t escape it). The fact that the mammoths were used as workhorses made me realize this movie was not about depicting reality. It is very difficult to train modern day elephants, and only the Indian/Asian type of elephants are used for that. A mammoth is more like an African elephant, but wilder. No chance you are going to tame that beast! So because of the trailer, I decided to skip on 10,000BC.

    Die Hard 4 is on my wish list on DVD (or BluRay). And I agree with you: you have to review a movie by the standards it belongs to! πŸ˜‰

  5. Graham: If it the large number of typos (no corrected) or the random opinions you find entertaining? πŸ™‚

    SwitchBL8: Yeah. When you know something is going to be stupid, you let things slip. I forgive SciFi/Fantasy almost anything, because it’s just not real. I hate mistakes in historical or more serious films because they stand out. I guess my mistake was to watch 10,000 BC without thinking it’s a fantasy film. πŸ™‚



  6. I just started watching the movie a few minutes ago, and had to stop and google galloping mammoths. I thought, “wait a minute…mammoths didn’t gallop”. Oh well, back to the movie.

  7. It’s amazing how something as small as this can freak you out when you watch a film. I was exactly the same. It just goes to show how careful you have to be when making a film.



  8. It’s a movie, let it go. I have never seen a perfect historically correct movie. Things are always added to enhance the veiwers response or feeling towards the film. Besides you can’t apart one film like this one and then give Die Hard 4 a thumbs up, it was the worst one out of the series.(Bruce beats a raptor 22 and beats an armed helicopter with a cop car – give me a break)

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