Despite the clear fictionality of the “history” that is portrayed in this film, it was a decent film. I didn’t know what to expect and was hoping it wouldn’t be a horrible film. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised.
What I liked was the plot. I think this film does what Babel cannot: show the TRUE interconnectivity between people who “seem” to have no connection with each other, other than being purely human. (As a side note, I have always severely disliked Babel and apparently find any opportunity available to me to point out how bad the film is). This is a laudable goal for a director to convey to the masses: that despite our seeming differences, we are all human and we should all be working WITH each other, not against each other. In the film, working together accomplished more than anyone could have ever imagined.
The plot led the viewer through the interconnectivity between the people in the film. The Mammoth Hunters were connected with the first African tribe by one man (D’Leh’s father), and the father then created the next connection with “Egypt.” But it was D’Leh that got the ball rolling as far as bringing everyone together to free the captured slaves. And, the Mammoth Hunters were connected with the group of Egyptian slaves by their similar prophecies, both of which turned out to be individuals from the Mammoth Hunter tribe. This shows how one group of people is integral to another’s survival, or even well being. And, ultimately all groups of people are integral to the survival of everyone.
The only downside to the film is that it’s very difficult to figure out where the Mammoth Hunters are from, and the viewer tends to want to know (or be able to figure out) those things. They appear to be Near or Middle Eastern??? But they do not cross any major waterways until they get to what I assume is the Nile River. They cannot be coming from the “East.” And, because they run into a bunch of African tribes, and they are traveling toward Egypt, they must have originated in the Southern part of Africa. Really, the geography doesn’t add up, and neither does their “ethnicity.” So, one must simply chock this up to fiction and not worry about who they are or where they came from. It’s not a “true” story. And, the mountain shots seem to have been filmed in New Zealand, and other shots filmed in South Africa, so go figure.
Either way, it was an enjoyable film with a nice love story, a story of one man’s (D’Leh’s father)misunderstood devotion to his people, and an unexpected Hero (D’Leh) who rises from the ashes of cowardice to free many people from many different “tribes” and restore confidence in his own people. In the end, the Hero takes down even the “God” in order to set the people free. A miracle, truly.
Pleasantly surprised, I was. Small world, it is, that we live in. Figure out who the “God” represents, we must. Work together to take him down, we shall.