Errors as old as “10,000 BC”

The movie 10,000 BC is based around the desperate efforts for love of a man who loses his woman to a group of person-snatching strangers. Set in the time indicated by the movie’s title, this film identifies various prehistoric features of a young world. This is one of those movies where it is clear that the filmmakers were not after total accuracy, and where the audience is assumed to have no consideration for the actual facts of the world as we know it. Though many such aspects from the picture certainly do predate the aged world we know today, they do not all quite go back as far as 10,000 BC. The very means by which our main character was separated from his lover do not coincide with the known developments of early civilization. Though the hero had his girl stolen away by horseback riding hooligans, the time of utilizing horses for transportation is far in the future to come for this movie’s setting; horseback riding is understood to have begun closer to 14,000 B.C. Tools presented in the movie brought up a similar incoherence with researched records. Metalworking of any sort did not come about until more than five centuries later! A particularly bizarre error that flies right in the face of all conception of a mentally processing audience comes at the very start of the movie. The writers wasted no time in clarifying the lack of effort towards timely accuracy. In the first scene, one of conflict and some violence, one of the tribe members reacts with surprise to the angry events happening before them with the whispered phrase, “Jesus.” The falsehood so plainly evident in this film put it down as a ridiculously inaccurate movie, one not even worth viewing in our class alongside movies as erroneous as Absolute Zero and The Core.

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3 Responses to Errors as old as “10,000 BC”

  1. Tom E. Lehman says:

    Well, I think you intended as horseback riding date of 4,000 BC, rather than 14,000 BC. Other than that, yeah- this film sucked for two reasons: 1) it was very chronologically inaccurate, and 2)- which is my greater gripe- a LOT of Americans don’t have any idea about the specifics of anything BS, except films like this– So Hollywood is compounding ignorance yet again!

  2. Tom E. Lehman says:

    I think it would be really cool to do an ACCURATE film about 14,000 BC– or, at least a story… Say…I think I’ll write one!

  3. Tom E. Lehman says:

    I am also annoyed by how everyone in these BC movies is always wearing ‘only’ furs- as if we didn’t know anything about fabric-crafting until like the Egyptians or something. We have evidence of fabrics as far back as 27,000 BC, and netting as far back as 50,000 BC. Some even suggest that ‘our’ invention of the sewing needle was what gave us a thermal advantage in our clothing which the Neanderthals never mastered, which may have played a small part in why they ‘disappeared’, and ‘we’ survived.

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