Director Roland Emmerich works in a time warp, following The Day After Tomorrow with 10,000 B.C. (PG-13), a prehistoric epic the likes of which we haven't seen since Clan of the Cave Bear.
Of course, that 1986 movie's critical and financial failure is a good reason why.
10,000 B.C. follows the quest of the virile hunter D'Leh (Steven Strait) to find his true love Evolet (Camilla Belle), who was kidnapped by marauding warlords. The path leads through all sorts of computer-generated creatures, including that saber-toothed tiger getting more face time in TV ads than any human actors.
D'Leh gains support from other tribes ransacked by the warlords, making this Emmerich's supposition of how civilization began. I don't think any history professors will be assigning his movie for homework.
A review of 10,000 B.C. will be published Friday on Page 2B.
Steve Persall, Times film critic