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Quest for Fire
A colossal adventure odyssey that turns back the hands of time to the very beginning of man's existence. 80,000 years ago, when man roamed the earth, he was exposed to the many harsh elements of nature. Against the perilous atmosphere of rugged terrain, rival tribes and savage beasts, Quest for Fire examines a peaceful tribe's search for that all important element fire, and the knowledge to create it. Focusing on human dream as well as realistic insights into pre-historic man, the constant struggle for survival is vividly recreated in this sensational production.
Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Quest for Fire" is a rousing, sometimes poignant naturalistic adventure that pits proto-humans against themselves and the most fundamental of Earth's elements. Taking place 80,000 years in the past, the film tells an all-too human story of tragedy, comedy, love, and violence. While it may show its age in some aspects, the film is a worthy and triumphant piece of work.
The story follows a group of four individuals, each on the evolutionary doorstep of humanity, as they traverse the wilds in search of fire. Fire equals survival and advancement, and the group deals with such quest-damaging obstacles as other tribes, dangerous animals, and nature itself as they trek toward the life-giving element. The story is an archetypal…
Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Quest for Fire is an epic adventure yarn set 80,000 years in the past when humanity was in its infancy and still divided between different evolutionary tribes. When one such primal tribe is attacked their source of fire is destroyed which leads three of their men to set out on a journey to find a new source. As the film’s opening explains, fire is both a symbol of power and survival with their quest becoming a metaphor for man’s progress and indomitable spirit.
It is a film that requires a suspension of disbelief as a group of actors caked in prosthetic makeup grunt their way across the inhospitable landscape. The costumes and special effects are rather inconsistent and…
Remember when you were little, and could lose yourself in a movie? Just be eaten whole by a fictional world? I barely do, and truth be told, I can't say I've missed it much, since engaging with a work critically can be just as breathtaking in its own way. But last night I found myself back there again, like a kid, gawking at the screen.
I was stunned by how strongly La guerre du feu affected me, especially in the first ten minutes or so; an overwhelming sequence where a tribe of early humans are attacked and massacred by apelike aggressors (and wolves!). The film has plenty of such set-pieces, impressive in spite of their reliance on simple practical effects…
It was neat to see Ron Perlman and Rae Dawn Chong (by the way, whatever happened to her?) towards the beginning of their careers. According to IMDB, this was Perlman's first movie and it doesn't show. He gives just as strong a performance here as he has in any movie since.
I was amazed to see just how much story can be told without words. The characters were rather complex and unique while staying true to being cavemen. The movie runs the gamut of emotions. There are moments of suspense followed by humor that leads straight into sorrow. All of the actors are great and pull you into the film. Looking at the director's filmography, I have only seen two other films by him and that is an oversight I will be sure to correct.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Now here is a movie that has been on my radar that I've wanted to watch for a few years now but have never really had a chance to see it until I recently noticed that it was on Netflix so I decided that after all this time it was finally time to give it a watch. I was not disappointed. Sure it wasn't the greatest movie in the world but it lived up to my moderate expectations of it.
I always wondered just how good the movie could be when none of the characters speak aside from their caveman talk but they did a great job with it, you may not of understood the words they were saying but…
A movie about a group of Neanderthals who go on a quest to return fire to their village and learn about the female orgasm along the way. What's not to like? Also, I'm a sucker for any '70s/'80s fantasy movies that involve actors in elaborate makeup acting in muddy, gray locations in Europe, and this is one of the best.
This film is a classic and gets better with each viewing. There is no english speech so it is all open to intepretation. This is one of it's strengths and the story unfolds with a few twists and turns.
The film shows mankind and the creation of the pecking order. Whether it is fire or the latest mobile phone, if you have it people want it. Another strength is the humour and how the characters develop their own sense of humour and understanding. Perlman will make you laugh out loud with his facial expressions.
There is also a tribe in the film that have ginger hair, eat people and have no women. Who do they represent...answers on a postcard. Clue - if they did not evolve Braveheart would have looked a bit different. As I said open to interpretation.
A veces seguir a una mujer hasta el fin del mundo tiene sus ventajas.
Who are we ?
Oral in a non-oral world... speaks volumes.
Down where? Down... there.
Pretty much of a hoot, though its macho romanticism and pseudoprofundity are close enough to the sword-and-sorcery genre to appeal to teenagers. It's the dawn of man, and one tribe's eternal flame—the symbol of evolutionary superiority—has been extinguished; a squad is sent out to find another light, and they meet a young woman from a still more advanced tribe (everyone in the area seems to be evolving at a different rate). Performed largely in mime, with dialogue grunts authored by Anthony Burgess and “body language” by Desmond Morris. If this kind of instant mythmaking is to succeed, it needs to be backed by an epic tone and visual impressiveness; Jean-Jacques Annaud's direction has neither (1982).
A mostly language free tale of prehistoric cavemen on a journey to find fire. Features Ron Perlman in his debut role, one he was born to play, he's the most convincing troglodyte I've ever seen. Plus you get to see Rae Dawn Chong give the world's first blowjob AND invent the missionary position. What a woman.
I felt drawn to Quest For Fire ever since I first heard the premise. The film follows a group of neanderthals whose survival is dependent upon keeping a small fire (which probably originated from a lightning strike or something similar) lit because they haven't yet learned how to make fire themselves. After they are attacked by a rival tribe and their fire is extinguished, a search party is sent out to find more fire, and thus begins the quest of the film's title. What makes this concept all the more interesting is that the entire movie plays out with no subtitles or discernible language; just grunts, hand gestures, and body language.
The performances are quite good, the plot is simple…
Recommended by Eric Turner.
Film Club Score (2.85/5.00)
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