Everyone should realize before entering the theater that 10,000 B. C. is not meant to recount some historical event. The time frame takes place long before any type of archeologist's findings. But as a fictitious story about prehistoric times it is quite entertaining.
Since the story line covers very different terrain (snow capped mountains, lush dense jungle, barren desert) Director Roland Emmerich and crew decided to film on location in three different countries (New Zealand, South Africa, Nambia) so the effects would be quite realistic. But the main attraction in the making of this film is the computer generated visual effects that bring you roaming mammoths, a kind saber tooth tiger, and what appear to be very large flying turkeys on steroids.
The story begins with a small mountain tribe that survives almost solely from what they are able to derive from the mammoth (huge woolly elephants with tusks) herds that from time to time travel through their region. Among the tribe are a young girl they call Evolet (Camilla Belle), strikingly beautiful because of her rare blue eyes and her handsome suitor D'Leh (Steven Strait) who just became a living legend when he killed a mammoth single handedly.
But as was predicted in prophecy "four legged demons" attack the village. In reality these are bad guys on horse-back rounding up young people they intend to bring back as slaves to a modern (for the time) civilization intent on building a giant pyramid in tribute to their evil emperor. They take away Evolet and others while for the moment D'Leh is helpless to stop them.
But D'Leh quickly realizes he must save his comrades, and along with older tribesman Tic Tic (Cliff Curtis) and youngster Baku (Nathanael Baring) they begin the chase and rescue. Along the way they encounter other regional tribes and form an alliance that will challenge the wicked and free the slaves.
The visual effects are stunning and quite realistic, to the point that while watching this movie you can easily forget the animals are all computer generated. This is a movie that is purely fun entertainment so don't expect intriguing dialogue or awards to be handed out in the future for best screenplay. There is a narration in this movie with a voice that is familiar, but at the same time perhaps difficult for some of us to recognize: it is Omar Sharif.