Long ago, in a land far away, there lived a young buff hunter D’Leh (Steven Strait). He had a simple life killing mammoths, listening to the latest prophesy from the village shaman and falling in love with the beautiful Evolet (Camilla Belle). When some nasty slave raiders turn up and put most of his mates in chains, D’Leh realises he has a greater calling - to free the slaves from an evil Egyptian style empire many miles away and to save his beloved.
Two years in the making Roland Independence Day Emmerich’s new blockbuster is a kind of cross between last year’s Apocalypto and Kubrick’s Spartacus, but it seems to have been written by a three year old and performed by the prettiest but very worst unknown actors in Christendom. Things are saved from total tedium by some pretty good action sequences featuring the lesser spotted dino-bird, sabre tooth tiger and woolly mammoth. Admittedly the prehistoric action drama, from Don Chaffey’s ropey One Million BC to Jean-Jacques Annaud’s boring Quest for Fire has yet to spawn a masterpiece and this certainly isn’t it.
Yet as Godzilla and The Day after Tomorrow proved, Emmerich has a knack of making films that are critically lambasted and then go on to become huge commercial successes, such is the way of the world.
General release from Fri 14 Mar.