"...and Prometheus said, 'Let me give you fire,' and humanity saw that it was good..." (by ragana)
A peaceful tribe of prehistoric humans, unable to create fire, loose their only source of flame due to another tribe's attack. Three of the tribe leave their home to search for a new source of fire to bring back to their people before the cold climate can take its toll. Their journey brings them not only into contact with other tribes of prehistoric humans at different stages of evolution but also advances their own humanity, as well as teaching them to be "prometheuses" in their own right.An absolutely fascinating film. Those who are partial to history and anthropology will <more>
especially enjoy this. An honest, un-PC look at the origins of the species and the development of humanity through loss, tragedy, hardship, hostile elements and the beginnings of laughter, morality, community service, leadership, friendship and of course, love. A wondrous feat of body language performances as there is no truly discernible language/dialogue spoken. This is a well done, well made film all around.For those into scenery gazing the beauty of the locations Canada, Iceland, Kenya, Scotland alone are worth a rental fee.Ron Perlman is one of the three male leads/would be prometheuses. Watch the body language! Someone did research! A difficult and impressive first movie performance. Definitely worth a buy the DVD has two commentaries, one with the director Jean-Jacques Annaud, one with producer Michael Gruskoff, Rae Dawn Chong and Ron Perlman .
A journey through the essence of the human spirit. (by Gustav-11)
Jean Jacques Annaud's "Quest for Fire" caught me by surprise. I have always been enthralled by movies that take place in prehistoric times, but I never expected this movie to be filmed with such consistency. This film captures an innocent adventure, in which three men Naoh, Amoukar,& Gaw are selected by the tribe to recapture their snuffed out fire. The journey brings them into many trials of existence, which we modern beings very seldom come in contact with. At points, there scenes that capture a sense of humor that is so basic to our modern way of thinking, but for these <more>
characters they are just discovering such things like the concept of laugher. At other points of the film, these brave men encounter situations that show the true brutal world of the survival of the fittest. The manner in which these characters search for fire gives the viewer a true love for the characters courage and heroic nature. For if they do not succeed, it is surely the end of their tribe and for them. The fire holds the key to survival with its warmth, cooking function, and most of all its ability to ward off stalking predators. Fire is power for beings at this point in time. Just as knowledge is for modern human beings.This film succeeds in it's proportions,direction, settings, music, great special effects,and acting. The acting especially is something to take notice of, since there is no recognizable language spoken. The preparation for such a role as this these is amazing in its own right. "Quest for Fire" will lead you into the reality of what once was and capture the essence of the human spirit.
I recall when this film was released. If memory serves, the hype concerned the efforts to turn an elephant into a mastodon using make-up and an actress running around nude. In other words, the film in my mind fell into the 'One Million Year BC' category and I ignored it.Later, I learned who Annaud was and admired 'The Name of the Rose' for its direction, its translation of a difficult book and its effort at realism. Finally, I rented 'Quest for Fire' on DVD and saw it on the big home screen. In fact, I watched it several months ago and I'm commenting now because <more>
it remains in my mind. Experts can quibble about the realism. But for me, this film makes an intelligent and credible effort to present a world of 80,000 years ago. In this, it raises good questions about who we are as a species. Human genetic code has not changed in that time and any one of the beings portrayed would be perfectly capable of using a computer as I'm doing now. Nonetheless, they lived in a world without numbers, without prices, without trade, without written language and without means to create fire. Everyone alive today had an ancestor who survived those conditions. 'Quest for Fire' is a must-see for anyone curious about the human condition.
Very underrated.. one of my top 20 Favorites. (by jake-87)
Many of my friends laugh at me when I mention this movie. I don't know what makes so many of them hate it so.. Perhaps the lack of understandable dialogue? Too much like thinking to understand what is going on? Whatever it is, I am one of the few I know who feel this is a very underrated movie.. I know it is not accurate from a scientific perspective... The time line is all messed up.. but so what? I sat there in the theater just thinking.. "suppose live in our distant past WAS something like this movie. Fire Life Fire. Along comes a superior tribe and I realize that I could summon <more>
the flames at MY WILL. How powerful I would feel.. Almost G-d like! The photography is lush and there is a tinge of humor when the backward tribe learns to laugh. I enjoyed the story and the acting... everything. Rent it! See it twice if you must. Just maybe... we ARE looking back at ourselves.
Okay, there haven't been many cave man flicks and they were all bad except for Quest For Fire. Yes, the mammoths looked a bit like Mr. Snuffolopogus and some of the makeup jobs could've been done better but it's still a great movie.The story line was captivating and the characters were well-developed. Even though there were no subtitles, I could still understand everything that was being said because of the way the movie was put together.This flick has it all: Action, adventure, comedy, and romance. I loved it.
Unforgettable Masterpiece (by claudio_carvalho)
80,000 years ago, fire had the meaning of power; when a tribe is attacked by another aggressive tribe and their source of fire is stolen, three tribesmen travels in a quest for fire. They retrieve the source of fire from a primitive group of cannibals and a female prisoner escapes from death. She follows the trio, and they discover that she belongs to a tribe in a higher stage of evolution that is able to create fire. Their contact promotes an evolution of their own tribe.This is the third time that I watch this fascinating and unique "La Guerre du Feu", which is an unforgettable <more>
masterpiece of the great director Jean-Jacques Annaud, now on DVD. The story is awesome with amazing performances without words but with a wonderful choreography, and in my opinion Rae Dawn Chong and Ron Perlman deserved nominations to the Oscar in this earlier works. My vote is nine.Title Brazil : "A Guerra do Fogo" "The War of the Fire"
Ignore the idiotic negative comments of the naysayers. This is a great film. It boldly creates a world unlike any we've seen before, with dedicated actors going well beyond the call of duty in portraying a life and death struggle for survival under the most harrowing conditions imaginable. Featuring Claude Agostini's splendid wide-screen cinematography of remote, rainswept landscapes and a rich score by Phillipe Sarde, this movie will take you on a compelling journey that, if nothing else, will clarify the routine creature comforts of our civilized world in a manner more direct than <more>
anything you might have previously experienced in a theater. Jean-Jacques Annaud and collaborators tell their tale with dramatic simplicity and virtually no dialogue, but the points made are powerful. Humanity survives, and will prevail despite our weaknesses and faults. Overall, a remarkable, life-affirming work.
They say there's no accounting for taste... (by nescient)
I saw this film on VHS rental so long ago I might have been in it. My ex wife & friends thought it was stupid - "What's going on? Nobody's saying anything". I found it mesmerising and have been looking for it ever since car boot sales, Ebay etc . OK, if you've two adjacent brain cells, you'll spot the anachronisms and the cheap effects, but credit where it's due for originality and balls - to the director and the backers. If you're sick of hype and tripe, find it. If you're hooked intravenously to Hollywood pap as 99.999% of the world's <more>
population seem to be then give it a miss. Just my 2p.
This is an extremely overlooked film many people should learn about. First, it tells you a very complex story without a single line of dialog successfully.Second, the story is universal: Every civilization on earth can pick up this film and understand it, because it goes to the most basic, primitive issues of a species mainly, survival . Third, it makes the beginning of man interesting. Fourth, it reminds us we were once as savage as any other animal on earth.Fifth, it's like no other movie you've seen before. That one I can guarantee you.