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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…
Even the best caveman film is still a caveman film.
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 film is bonkers. Everett McGill and Ron Perlman as caveman shouting and howling in a language made up by Anthony Burgess!? How had I not seen this earlier?
This film is as admirable as it is, well, silly, for after a while watching grown men bark and yap and growl while dressed as cavemen becomes comical, no matter how serious they go about it and how beautiful the locations and cinematography are...
Even the best caveman film is still a caveman film.
Quest for Fire. Soft spot in my heart for cavemen/movies. Perlman is amazing. Explains man's love for fire, hunting, and out-of-town girls.
A very cool sort of filmaking experiment. The entire movie is grunting cavemen, behaving primitavely, which is a lot more interesting than people pretending to be cavemen speaking english. They go on a journey through the wilderness and have all sorts of cool encounters. The movie has that great sort of grungy production value that feels realistic that you'd get in the 70's and 80's but not so much anymore. Everything is covered in mud and blood. There are a surprising amount of semi-humorous moments though. A very unique and special movie.
I came out a changed man after watching this. They just don't make films like these anymore and this is one of the lost gems that didn't get enough witnesses for it's time. Sure the science might be a bit off, but 80,000 years ago is a time recently thought up to be around the time humans started killing off their rival and more primal subhuman forms. The acting and make up may trick you into even thinking that you're there in prehistoric time. I love Ron Perlman even more for his performance and feel his pain for not getting that pussy. Even the dumber neanderthallish humans have emotions I can relate to. Fear. Sex. Defeat. Dominance. Greed. Humor. So much being said here. This might be cheesy at times, but you can't avoid how impressive this creation really is.
... 'cause this film is very easy to put in words:
A group of homo sapiens have fire.
They lose this fire through a battle with an opposing tribe so they need to find new fire, since they don't know how to make it themselves.
A smaller group is sent away and start their epic Quest for Fire!
Meanwhile they encounter all the things you expect early humans to encounter: other tribes, wild animals, danger in many, many forms, lot's of sexual intercourse and many moments of alpha male struggles within the group.
Technically speaking I could put this film on my people-being-people list since it does, for a large part of the film, deal with people simply trying to…
The mundane day-to-day life details of this story are incorrect, but that is besides the point. The conflicts and dilemmas presented here are moving and thought-provoking, even if they are depicted in the wrong chronology or timescale.
The visuals are stunning, if a bit goofy and incoherent at times.
The verbal language and acting are first rate. The humor is hilarious.
A better edit would have elevated this film from "really good" to a masterpiece. I can't help but think that there is a modern remake that could be amazing. The bird theme seemed to be the only real theme that made it out of the cutting room. Most of the movie we see is a simple hero's journey.
Still one of my all time favorite movies, one of the first movies I ever saw, and ultimately highly educational in a social sense. I couldn't have been more than four years old, and even then I could feel the emotions and understand the situations through the expression and body language of the cast. That was all they had to give us, so they had to do it well. This was Man learning to become Man. This was Man learning that power wasn't everything, that xenophobia and isolation could be detrimental to survival, and that equality could be found in the understanding of love and laughter. The characters grappled with concepts like grief, remorse, gratitude, the invention of slapstick, and…
A strange and compelling film about prehistoric man, filmed nearly entirely without dialogue.
It's so lacking in any of the traditional elements that would normally make a film a commercial success that you have to admire its chutzpah if you admire nothing else about it.
Fortunately, it's also excellently made, and feels incredibly authentic, thanks to expert camera-work and production design, and quite amazing makeup effects.
The only recognizable actor in the film is Rae-Dawn Chong, but under all that makeup, even she's hard to spot (just look for the woman).
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