Sunday, March 11, 2012

Quest for Fire (1981)

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud. Cast: Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nicholas Kadi, Rae Dawn Chong. 100 min. Rated R. Canada/France/USA. Adventure.

Eighty-thousand years ago, cavemen honor fire as the basis for survival, and the lack of knowledge on how to create it forces clans to clash among one another to keep it in their own possession. So we have a movie which cleverly maintains an entire story without the benefit of any discernible dialogue - which in itself is quite of feat. Strangely, you believe this is how cavemen must have lived. Some wise casting choices, especially embodied in Ron Perlman, whom I always thought looks like a Neanderthal, even without makeup.

PS: Another impressive recommendation by Toast. Thanks.

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