Movies about history can be both fascinating and exhilarating. Not only are we entertained by the characters and the drama, but we get the chance to look into the past to see how people lived and the events the experienced. Yet, some of these films focus more on the entertainment aspect of the story rather than the historical accuracy. While this is just fine at times, it’s important that the movie’s creators don’t try to pass a film off as historically authentic when it’s far from it. Now, read on to see if some films you thought had historical truth behind them were actually misleading you the whole time.
Can you guess which movie about early humans might as well have had magic in it?
Apocalypto Gives A Wrong Impression Of The Mayan Civilization
Apocolypto is a film directed by Mel Gibson and released in 2006. The film follows the story of a hunter named Jaguar Paw as he is involved in a violent game of cat and mouse during the fall of the Mayan Empire. While the actors speak in true Mayan dialect for authenticity, there are numerous historical inaccuracies throughout the film. One of the biggest issues was the use of human sacrifice and violence in Apocalypto. The Mayans were a relatively peaceful people and weren’t well-known for human sacrifice like other groups such as the Aztecs.
The film depicts the Mayans as bloodthirsty and savage, with little to no regard for human life. The cherry on top is when the movie ends with the arrival of the Spaniards, something that didn’t happen until 400 years after the Mayan collapse.