Watching 10 000 BC is an enjoyable experience, partly because it is fascinating to see how the film picks and chooses from different eras, selecting present day hair fashions and orthodontistry on the one hand and Ice Age mammoths on the other. Added to this, it has no concern for geographical reality. When the hero, D’Leh, says they have a long walk home, he really means it. 10 000 BC was mentioned in an article in the Times Online as being one of the most historically inaccurate films.
“This tale of a mammoth hunter travelling across the prehistoric globe to rescue his bride, features some surprising revelations. Were sabre-tooth tigers bull-sized? Could man train Woolly Mammoths to help build pyramids? Did we invent sailing boats so early? Unfortunately the answer to all these questions is no. In fact, the filmmakers incorporated so many animals then extinct, or yet to evolve, and so many future technologies and geographical impossibilities that Archaeology magazine was compelled to review – and pan it: “Unsurprisingly, this tribe is starving, but it is hard to have sympathy for them because any culture that tries to hunt mammoths with a net gets what it deserves.”
Times Online: 4.08.09 – Read full article