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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…
I watched this with subtitles, as I do literally every movie that has them, and I found that seeing the gibberish subtitled phonetically to be more entertaining than anything else in the movie. "Ri ri ri" indeed, random caveman. That said, it was nice to see a film where the actors were forced to convey meaning almost entirely physically, heightened further when the characters met those who did not speak the same language. Rae Dawn Chong's performance was especially impressive, expressed as much through agility than anything else.
Others have called the costumes and creatures dated, and perhaps they are. But they date to an era whose effects I adore. Puppetry impresses me far more than computer graphics, and body…
The actual review
The best thing about this film is that it makes you understand the plot without any dialogue or voice-over. Not only does that prove that Jean-Jacques Annaud is a pretty skilled filmmaker, but it also shows how important communication is for humanity.
When it comes to cavemen movies, some of the most important things are the make-up and the locations. That's because a cavemen movie needs to be realistic in order to be good (Nonetheless, there may be some exceptions out there). And even though some people weren't really satisfied with the make-up in this movie, I think they did a really good job with the main characters. Even the look of the Neanderthals hits the spot.…
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.
Simple, honest, and true. This pre-history journey tells how far man has come, and hints at where we still have to go.
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This biopic provides the can't miss story of Ron Pearlmans upbringing.
To be honest, this could be an incredible amount worse. It's a fairly interesting fantasy of the development of man, in terms of relationships, technology and tactics, with just a firm enough interest in the relevant anthropology to keep the script's... creativity with history from being jarring. And it's really quite human, considering its characters.
However, there's a reason they don't make a lot of films about this time period, and that is because nobody wants to try and work out what's happening through 97 minutes of primordial, proto-linguistic grunts.
Also I don't feel Ron Pearlman had to act very hard for this
This movie is like a good camping trip. Until you adjust to being off the grid, it might seem boring and slow. But if you stick with it you'll have a great time. People talk about this being Ron Perlman's first role, but to me the standout performances are from Rae Dawn Chong and Everett McGill who create a convincing neanderthal aura (whatever that means) with just body movements and vocalizations. In case you were wondering, language is almost non-existent in this prehistoric setting. Anthony Burgess was brought in as a special consultant to construct a rudimentary pre-indo-European vocabulary and by the middle of the film you will be able to discern at least one word of it (Atra is…
Yeah, that’s basically most of the lines in La Guerre du Feu (Quest for Fire), a stone-age version of Apocalypto whose most notable features are Ron Perlman in his first starring-role and the complete lack of any real language in the dialogue. That, and the wonderful effects scattered throughout this quest to find a flame.
Sure, some design-choices are questionable (such as the awkward saber-toothed tigers) but for 1981, there’s some really impressive effects here and framed well by a cinematography able to match the stunning landscapes. So whilst the plot of the film isn’t anything special, the interesting design outweighs it and with these actors really going into their grunting, challenging performances it’s always an interesting ride.
A film that admirably commits to its premise of dramatizing the history of early humanity, to the point of not having its characters speak English, or even assigning them subtitles. To an extent this limits their range of expression, but the actors do a lot with the material, and the gestures systems developed (which warrant a prominent credit, alongside the fake languages developed by the author of A Clockwork Orange). Ron Perlman was born to play a caveman.
This movie tells its story really well, but it's impossible to take seriously at times.
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