10,000 BC
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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for 10,000 BC can be found here.

No. 10,000 BC is based on an original script by director Roland Emmerich and composer Harald Kloser with revisions by screenwriters John Orloff, Matthew Sand, and Robert Rodat.

Possibly. There are references to him "flying on the water (cavemen term for 'riding on a boat') when his land was swallowed by the sea", hence the large ship shown in the Almighty's temple. So Atlantis is a possible origin and would explain his (relatively) advanced technology. Also, a map is briefly shown that indicates the Almighty's people came from an island that doesn't exist anymore.

No. 10,000 B.C. cobbles together wildly disparate elements in human pre-history. For example, the geography/climate of the movie is totally incorrect. The movie takes place in Europe in around 10,000 B.C., give or take a few years, which was during the beginning of the Mesolithic era, which was immediately after the end of the Ice Age. The Ice Age ended about 12,000 years ago, caused by a global warming of a temperature increase of around 7C and major sea level changes. All megafauna (saber-tooth tigers) became extinct soon after this period, giving a rise to the hunting of small game. Tundra became forest, but most importantly, nomadic tribes moved closer to the sea, because that is where most natural resources were. It is generally agreed that there was an oral language among humans 12,000 years ago, but it wasn't remotely similar to English, and individual tribes would have had their own dialects and languages.

The most historically inaccurate aspect of the movie is the whole concept of civilization. Around 10,000 B.C., humans in the "Fertile Crescent" of the Near or Middle East were just beginning to create permanent architecture, generally living in pit-structured ("semi-subterranean") houses, and they had not yet developed the technology to create monumental buildings such as the pyramids shown in the film. Complex civilizations and cities did not form until the end of the Mesolithic era about 5,000 years ago (or 7,000 years after the setting of the film): the very first true stone pyramid was built at Saqqara in Egypt in the 27th Century B.C., and the large mudbrick temples of Mesopotamia in the 4th millennium BC were eventually modified to form ziqqurats (stepped pyramids) in the 3rd millennium. On the other hand, recent excavations in southeastern Turkey, at the mountain site of Gbekli Tepe, have uncovered early Neolithic structures containing stone pillars decorated in relief that seem to have been created before the advent of agriculture, shortly after 10,000 B.C. The excavators suggest that hunter-gatherer groups combined forces to build these structures as sanctuaries (since there is no evidence that they were used for domestic habitation), though they are only a few square meters in area and so are much smaller than the structures shown in the film. This may be a case in which fact is stranger, and more fascinating, than fiction!

The film currently holds an 9% positive rating (11 out of 99 reviewers) on RottenTomaotes.com. The consensus is that whilst it boasts slick CGI work and one or two decent action sequences it is none the less too slow and takes itself far to seriously. Metacritic scores it 32/100 suggesting a largely negative feedback from critics.

Some Critical quotes:

"In the realm of heroic historical loincloth adventures, 10,000 is much less than 300." - Colin Covert

"10,000 B.C. isn't only brain-dead, it's completely dead. It's inert and without a heartbeat." - James Berardinelli

"Cheesier than a four-cheese pizza and marginally more accurate than the Flintstones,"-BBC film review, 2008

"Emmerich is more enamored with selling the characters as action figures than human beings, "- DVDTalk, 2008

"catastrophically awful "- Tiscali UK, 2008

"10,000 B.C. will take your money, rob your time and hit your brain like a shot of Novacaine"- Rolling Stone

there are predatory terror birds and saber-tooth tigers, and, of course, the mammoths, but the story also has a spiritual undertone to it "- Sci-Fi movie page, 2008

"sporadically entertaining, if ultimately forgettable, experience"- Mel Valentin, 2008

Mostly at various locations in New Zealand with some scenes shot in Namibia, Southwest Africa.


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