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(2008), PG-13 [Hard PG-13*] (1hr 36min)

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March 9, 2008
March 13, 2008

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2008), PG-13 [Hard PG-13*]

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, Mark Gordon Productions, Centropolis Entertainment, The Mark Gordon Company
Distribution (US): Warner Bros. Pictures
Director(s): Roland Emmerich
Producer(s): Aaron Boyd, Aaron Boyd, Sarah Bradshaw, Cheryl de la O, Roland Emmerich, William Fay, Murray Francis, Mark Gordon, Tom Karnowski, Harald Kloser, Sarah Koplin, Scott Mednick, Thomas Tull, Oswald von Richthofen, Michael Wimer, Kirstin Winkler
Written by: Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser
Cinematography/Camera: Ueli Steiger
Music: Harald Kloser, Thomas Wanker
Film Editing: Alexander Berner
Casting: Mali Finn, Liz Mullane, Christa Shamberger, Mito Skellern
Production Design: Jean-Vincent Puzos
Art Direction: Heather Cameron, Marc Homes, David Warren, Fleur Whitlock
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

10,000 BC? How can that be since non-ape biped life is only about 6,000 years old? Only in the movies. The title would be more accurate if it were, say, 3,000 BC. Or 2,000 BC. At any rate, 10,000 BC is a very violent film. With a final score of 57 it earns a CAP scoring equivalence to hardcore PG-13s in the comparative baseline database.

D'Leh (Steven Strait) is an outcast, the son of a coward. D'Leh's father (Kristian Beazley), a master hunter who held the White Spear, left the tribe when D'Leh was but a boy at a time when he was needed the most. The tribe was soon to be endangered by the four-legged demons. But what seemed to be an ignoble reason for leaving the tribe is indeed noble.

There is one who does not hold D'Leh in contempt for his father's alleged misdeed, the same-age blue-eyed Evolet. Though desperately in love, the love between D'Leh's and Evolet (Camilla Belle) will remain, for a time, unrequited since tribal mores deny that the two shall become one. In spite of forced social segregation, D'Leh and Evolet are destined to save the tribe from the four-legged demons.

But the rescue of the tribe comes not without a setback. As the relationship between D'Leh and Evolet grows a band of brutal marauders capture most of D'Leh's tribe for sale into enslavement. Evolet is taken in the melee but D'Leh escapes. D'Leh vows to rescue Evolet. There begins a long journey into ... boredom.

While an artistic feat in its own right, 10,000 BC is not one I would want to see again. There is nothing particularly offensive about it except the R-equivalent violence and murder. But that is just it. There is not much to the movie at all. But that is just my opinion. Let the report now move into the main reason parents, grandparent, pastors, youth leaders and others come to our pages.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
This film is intensely violent. It portrays how life was expected to be for the era. But accurate to the era or not, this film portrays graphic killing by blade and spear. Several sequences of action violence present some rather invasive imagery. These matters plus deaths by animal attack, abductions to enslave and "Let my people go" whippings combine to cause the loss of all of the starting 100 points in this investigation area. [Prov. 16:29, 1 Cor. 15:33]

Impudence/Hate (I)
There is not one utterance of any samples of the three/four letter word vocabulary nor of the most foul of the foul words. Not one. But other matters of impudence and/or hate provide the basis for the area score of 69 out of 100. An adult attacking and whipping a boy. Peddling flesh. A general theme of interracial/tribal hatred and behaviors representative of hate. [Rom. 12:18]

Sexual Immorality (S)
There are only two matters of sexually oriented attention in the entire 96 minutes of this film. A single crotch hit of a boy (he fell straddling a tree limb which may not seem "sexual" but any forcing of attention to the privates on the part of the writers makes it "sexual") and a few scenes of excessive cleavage by Evolet. Though she is portrayed in nuptial garb, there is only one reason for exposing so much of a woman's chest. [1Tim. 2:9]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
Not one instance of possession or consumption of illegal drugs, of smoking, of drinking alcoholic beverages or of abuse of prescription drugs was noted.

Offense to God (O)
Now here is where it gets a little more rocky than in the other areas. Speaking to spirits [Deut. 18:10 - 11]. Seeing the future [Eccl. 8:7]. Prophesying through unholy powers [2Pet. 1:21]. Unholy resurrection. Granted, the story is based in witchcraft/sorcery by the Old Mother (Mona Hammond) and the Pyramid god (Tim Barlow), that a story depends on witchcraft and/or sorcery does not make such demonstrations acceptable. Even the Bible tells us about witchcraft but the Bible does not demonstrate it at all let alone in and as entertainment. [Eph. 4:27, Deut. 18:10 - 12]

On a positive note, not once was heard God's name in vain, with or without the four letter expletive.

Murder/Suicide (M)
There are eight murders in this 96-minute film. By blade. By spear. By sacrifice. By arrow. [Ex 20:13] Not only does God rule that we shall not murder, He warns us, repeatedly, that the [unforgiven] murderer will not make it to Heaven. [Rev. 21:8, Gal. 5:21, Rev. 22:15]


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence, no matter how "small" it might seem, and its effect on an observer. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women/characters demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen. Knowing of Prov. 16:29 you now know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Rom. 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
  • 1Tim. 2:9 I also want women to dress modestly, ... [And what is fair for the goose is fair for the gander.]
  • Deut. 18:10 - 11 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.
  • Eccl. 8:7 Since no man knows the future, who can tell him what is to come?
  • 2Pet. 1:21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, ...
  • Eph. 4:27 ...and do not give the devil a foothold. [Embracing witchcraft, even in and as entertainment, is doing just that.]
  • Deut. 18:10 - 12 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination [witchcraft], or an observer of times [soothsayer, sorceress, conjurer], or an enchanter [diviner, interprets omens], or a witch [one who practices sorcery, magical arts], 11 Or a charmer [user of magic charms, casts spells], or a consulter with familiar spirits [one who communicates with/invokes the dead], or a wizard [one who has a familiar spirit], or a necromancer [consulter of gods]. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD:
  • Ex 20:13 Thou shalt not kill. (NIV) You shall not murder.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers {sexually immoral], and sorcerers [all forms of evil/magic to force or do harm], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Gal. 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things [who are unforgiven] shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Rev. 22:15 Outside [of Heaven] are the dogs [animals], those [unforgiven] who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    10,000 BC (2008) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • adolescent fight
  • action violence, repeatedly, of varying intensities
  • physically brutal treatment of a woman
  • beating brutality
  • abduction of many to enslave
  • four deaths by animal attack
  • additional brutality
  • additional abduction
  • animal gore
  • whippings of those enslaved, repeatedly
  • order to kill
  • fight
  • battle scenes with many individualized assaults
  • spear killing, defensive
  • knife killing, defensive

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • adult attack of a boy
  • whipping of a child
  • peddling flesh, slavery for money
  • facial mutilations
  • a sub-theme of hatred for other peoples

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • crotch hit
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D)
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • speaking to spirits
  • seeing the future
  • prophesying by unholy power
  • seeing the unseen
  • unholy sympathetics
  • unholy resurrection

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder by blade
  • murder by sacrifice
  • murder by spear, repeatedly
  • murder by beating and impalement
  • murder by arrow

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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