I am willing to risk everything to change the future!
It takes a lot for me to turn off a film before the end but “10,000 Days” just joined that extremely exclusive club. Granted, it was only just before the end but I had put up with it for far too long by this point and couldn’t take anymore. For me this was one of the worst films I’ve ever watched, even when compared to “Zombeavers”, “Frank” and several others that I have reviewed for this site as at least those films didn’t leave me bored, they made me feel something….anger more than anything….but at least it was something. I was emotionally engaged in those films and as awful as they were, they at least had that, “10,000 Days” doesn’t.
I must admit that I got quite excited about “10,000 Days”. It wasn’t because it looked good, it wasn’t because it sounded like an interesting story (although it did to be fair), it was because it doesn’t, at the time of writing, even have a page on Wikipedia, it is extremely obscure. Even some of the films I thought were obscure that I’ve reviewed previously have had Wikipedia pages, but the only results for the term “10,000 Days” are two albums. The fact I’ve even had to create my own screenshots tells it’s own story about how obscure it is.
Much like many other films that debut on the SyFy channel, “10,000 Days” uses it’s limited budget on poor special effects and has exceptionally poor acting skills, but unlike most of the other films, this isn’t entertainingly bad, this is just outright bad. Films such as “Sharknado” or “The Room” (not from the SyFy channel but is a similar film in terms of acting) are at least amusingly bad, you can laugh at them for being so bad. This is bad without giving you the enjoyment factor of the aforementioned.
27 years ago a comet hit the Earth and created a new ice age. Several families gathered together but then split up after an argument and now fight for control of an indoor facility, especially as the ice seems to be thickening.
One day, following an accident, members of the Beck family find a boy from the enemy group and because instantly suspicious, whereas Remy is convinced that the Becks have kidnapped him.
The Becks soon discover a frozen Air Force One and the control system for America’s old weapons. As the Becks plan to release a nuclear weapon to try and end the ice age, Remy’s group plans an attack to not only reclaim the boy, but to end the war once and for all.
Dull, with an extra portion of bland
Very unusual start as the main character does an opening speech about what happened immediately after the comet struck, but he actually does it whilst being visible on screen. This is highly unusual as it’s usually done as a voiceover in numerous other films, so at least they’re trying something new. It does switch over for a brief moment into being a voiceover for a fight that actually looks visually impressive, presented in a similar style to the fighting in “300” before then ending in a stupid manner.
Infact, the film obviously tries to resemble “300” whenever a battle scene is happening. It’s presented in a similar style and in slow motion and with elements such as snow being shown in a louder definition than what’s around it, which is definitely very similar to the aforementioned, the difference is that the fights in “300” keeps you interested and astounded by them, whereas nothing really happens in the fights or battles in “10,000 Days”. They aren’t tense, they aren’t violent and they are just aren’t enthralling enough.
Whilst you can actually give credit to the film for actually trying in terms of it’s visual presentation, the acting quality leaves a lot of be desired and the effort they’ve put into the fights is not replicated to even a remotely interesting level.
The first discussion between the major characters feels almost rushed, there’s not a gap between characters speaking, no gap whatsoever, and it is hard to keep up in many ways. Don’t get me wrong, in many ways it is an aspect of real life where conversations can just flow well without gaps, but in a film you need that so you can keep up.
That sums up most of the film quite well as it moves as such a pace that you’re barely given chance to catch up with or process what is happening before they’re onto the next cave collapsing, fight starting, argument happening or anything of a similar nature. It’s hard to sit back and enjoy because you’re having to concentrate permanently and not just relax into the film.
For me that is a big problem as there are a lot of films that do require you to concentrate all of the way through to understand what’s going on, such as “Inception” but the difference is that you want to follow what’s happening in that film as you’re engaged into the story.
None of the characters are particularly interesting and Remy, the main antagonist, is one of the least threatening, interesting or emotionally involving bad guys in the history of cinema. The greatest films have amazing antagonists, such as Joker in “The Dark Knight”, Norton in “The Shawshank Redemption” and Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy. They are excellent antagonists because of their impact on the protagonist, the excellent acting or the emotional involvement you have with them, none of those apply to Remy. He is just there. He’s one of the least engaging antagonists in the history of film as far as I’m concerned.
The soundtrack is atrocious, or at the very least atrociously used. Moments that could have been genuinely tense are reduces to mere parodies of anything resembling terrifying because of the music, and there is very few scenes without music in them that actually didn’t require them. It became quite tedious. There’s nothing wrong with having a lot of music but there has to be a purpose to it.
That is easily the biggest criticism of the film that I can throw at it, and is probably the biggest sin of any movie is that it’s boring. It is exceptionally dull and after just 25 minutes I was already counting down time for it to end (the things I do for you lot). I just felt no connection to the characters, wasn’t invested in the story and for lack of words, I was bored.
I’m not even entirely sure what to class this film as in terms of genre. It’s not a comedy (well, other than the acting), it’s not a horror, it’s not a drama, maybe a science fiction so I really have to go with that, and that’s a bad sign when you have to wonder what the genre is.
Just to r0und off all the negativity, there are poor attempts at comedy, such as finding a chocolate bar from a fictional company with an army ranking name and the young adult characters thinking that the soldiers would make chocolate bars in their spare time. It was an attempt at being funny that didn’t really pay off and ultimately fell very flat.
It’s not all negative however and there are one or two moments that I did actually quite like.
An aspect that I did like was that the characters who were around before the comet hit get nostalgic of how the world used to be, such as one character remembering a trip to Aruba, only for the other person to say that it means nothing to them because they weren’t around back then. It’s quite an interesting concept in many ways and is probably very true to what it would be like.
There are several scenes like that, or scenes where the younger members of the groups discover objects but don’t know what they are, such as a young woman, probably around 20 years old, finding a bra in a plane (as you do) and looking at it completely puzzled. Again, this would be quite realistic and is definitely a generational thing.
It’s hard to feel strongly about the film in either a good or bad sense because it doesn’t get me emotionally invested in the story or the characters. The danger feels forced rather than a genuine threat and ultimately it makes it very difficult to feel anything but uninspired.
The antagonists never seem particularly threatening to the protagonists and the characters aren’t very well developed. Even when they’re on a crashed plane that’s plunging into the ice after a tremor, it’s hard to feel anything significant either way and you genuinely don’t care if the characters survive or not.
Films live and die on their ability to make you feel anything, or at least keep you entertained, and this film fails miserably in both respects.