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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    National Geographic Visual Splendor with the Historical Depth Needed

    Viewing APOCALYPTO is a visual and visceral experience: some of the most beautiful cinematic depictions of skies, jungles, raging rivers and extraordinary recreations of Mayan temples and peoples fill the screen for a very long two and a half hours. The images include excessive violence (beheadings, punjee stake traps, genocidal type destruction of a village of people, brutalized slaves, etc) and concentrate more on chases than on drama. But the effect presented is richly colorful and imaginative. There is little story to tell. A quiet and fearless tribe spends its time hunting, teasing a fellow tribesman about his infertility and making him the brunt of cruel jokes - just the ordinary camaraderie we are led to believe - until our main character Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) hears a shudder in the jungle that results in his tribe being overtaken by a more aggressive, human sacrificing tribe. The village is burned, Jaguar Paw manages to hide his pregnant wife and child in a well, and he and the remaining villagers are taken into slavery and marched to the Mayan capital where they are sacrificed by Mayan priests to appease the gods to save their crumbling empire. A sun eclipse saves Jaguar Paw, he escapes, and after an interminable chase through the jungle reunites with his wife and children just as the Spanish conquistadors sail into harbor. The cast responds well to the direction of Mel Gibson. Outstanding among them are of course Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernández, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead, María Isabel Díaz, Espiridion Acosta Cache, Raoul Trujillo and Rodolfo Palacias among others. But nearly as much credit goes to the costumer and hairpiece design (Mayes C. Rubeo) and to the set builders (Jay Aroesty) of the Mayan Temples. Visually the movie is stunning though in a graphically gross sort of way. The problem lies with the lack of significant information about the fall of the Mayan Empire, one of the more advanced civilizations known: Gibson would have us see only the brutal savagery of a highly sophisticated body of people. A sad depiction of a great nation. Grady Harp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Maybe this will read as more of a response than a review, but I think it is unfair to call this movie racist. This was a work of fiction set in the time period of the height of the Mayan Empire, historical inaccuracies and all. But I don't think anyone would dispute the "signs of the times" in that point of history, where human sacrifice was real and power thru religion held dominance over a civilization. Every civilization rises and falls, makes mistakes (minor or serious) along the way, the United States and other present nations included among them. This is a movie that conveys those errors at the basic human level, exactly where it has the most impact. It's hardly exploitation to point out mistakes: it's an essential part of understanding history. I do agree that people should dig deeper in cultures, but for what it's worth, the movie was entertaining and helped me reflect a little more on human nature, good and bad. BTW, wars begin at the conference tables of our leaders, not the in the foxholes of our soldiers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Well it goes without saying...this was destined to be an excellent movie from the time the ink was dry on the script. Gibson has some excellent notches on his directorial belt so you should expect nothing less than a premium and emotional experience when reviewing one of his films. This is no exception and may be his most well made film to date not to mention, MG doesn't exactly spare expense on his movies. While some, especially those with related ancestory, may find something to pick apart and complain about because of some historical inaccuracies....let me remind you this type of film is not meant to be 100% historically accurate. Those are called documentaries and really don't have much success on the big screen. Try the discovery channel. In fact if one of the most well known actors/directors took the time and expense to dig a story, that included my lineage, out of dusty old history books and make a movie about it...I would probably feel honored. Is this movie overdone in some repects? Is it exagerated here and there? I invite you to name a major movie, based on actual events that has not been. Entertainment value for Apocalypto is top notch, it's easy to follow and it keeps you interested for the duration of the film. Anything is worth watching one time, this movie is worth owning for repeated viewing so go ahead and order a copy and prepare to be entertained.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bloody

    Far exceedingly the bloodiest film I have ever purveyed before with such savagery that nothing could possibly shock me now, or could it? Set in the crumbling days of the Mayan Empire, there is a texture and an analogous story for our age that is far deeper than any in the other Gibson canon.

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