Apocalypto

Apocalypto

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Director: Mel Gibson

Cast: Mel Gibson, Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez, Jonathan Brewer

     
 

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As the foundation of the Mayan civilization begins to crumble, one man's previously idyllic existence is forever changed when he is chosen as a sacrifice needed to appease the gods in director Mel Gibson's mythic, end-times adventure. The Mayan kingdom is at the absolute height of opulence and power, but leaders are convinced that unless more temples are constructed… See more details below

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As the foundation of the Mayan civilization begins to crumble, one man's previously idyllic existence is forever changed when he is chosen as a sacrifice needed to appease the gods in director Mel Gibson's mythic, end-times adventure. The Mayan kingdom is at the absolute height of opulence and power, but leaders are convinced that unless more temples are constructed and more human sacrifices made, the crops, and ultimately the people, will suffer. Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) is a peaceful hunter from a remote forest tribe whose life is about to be changed forever. When Jaguar Paw's village is raided and he is prepared as a sacrifice that the Mayan deities have demanded, the brave young hunter is forced to navigate a horrific new world of fear and oppression. Fearlessly determined to escape his captors and save his family from a harrowing demise, Jaguar Paw prepares to risk it all in one final, desperate attempt to preserve his dying way of life. However, few who have seen the sacrificial alter of the Mayans have managed to live to see another day. Now, in order to rescue his pregnant wife and young son, Jaguar Paw will have to elude the most powerful warriors of the Mayan kingdom while using his vast knowledge of the forest to turn the tables on those who would rather see him dead than set free. Inspired by such ancient Mayan texts as the Popul Vuh, Apocalypto marks a comprehensive collaboration between director Gibson, Cambridge-educated screenwriter Farhad Safinia, and world-renowned archeologist and Mayan culture expert Dr. Richard D. Hansen -- whose services as a special consultant on the film lent the production an unprecedented degree of historical accuracy.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
An artfully crafted chase film that is as breathless as it is brutal, Mel Gibson's end-times tale of peril is, when all is said and done, a typical action film with some decidedly atypical qualities. Jaguar Paw is a good-natured hunter from a peaceful forest village, but his life is turned upside down when invading Mayans emerge from the trees seeking sacrifices to appease their angered gods and entertain the masses. Despite managing to usher his pregnant wife and young son to safety before being spirited away to an uncertain fate, Jaguar Paw remains determined to escape his captors, rescue his family, and return to the forest where he hunted with his father, and will one day hunt with his children. His desperate quest is complicated, however, by a sadistic group of Mayans who will hunt him to his dying breath. While the subtitles and sweeping trailers may have given some the impression that Gibson's follow-up to The Passion of the Christ was a grandiose epic richly detailing the downfall of a once-powerful kingdom, the fact is that, despite surface appearances, Apocalypto is about as typical an action film as they come. All of the pieces are perfectly in place here -- from the noble young hero on a mission to save his loved ones to the intimidating villain who simply seems too powerful to overcome, his sickeningly sadistic sidekick, and adrenaline-soaked action scenes that will have viewers gripping their seats as they duck to avoid lethal projectiles. It's an absorbing tale of survival punctuated by an extended, expertly crafted chase sequence that will likely elicit sweat from the palms of even the most skeptical of viewers. The fact that the cast is largely comprised of unfamiliar faces and that the film is spoken in an unfamiliar dialect goes a long way in allowing viewers to lose themselves in the story, with Gibson's and co-screenwriter Farhad Safinia's strong eye for character offering colorful details for even some of the most inconsequential of supporting players. In an unusual move for such a seemingly serious-minded film, Gibson and Safinia allow the characters to define themselves not only through their actions in times of great danger, but their humor and warmth in times of peace as well. It's an interesting move, and one that makes the horrific massacre which sets the plot into motion all the more effective. Artistically, the film is a feast for the eyes with awe-inspiring sets, fluid jungle photography, and an appropriately primal score by James Horner punctuated by chest-thumping percussion. Assured editing keeps things moving at a brisk, satisfying pace that stealthily belies its somewhat intimidating running time (well over the two-hour mark). For multiplex viewers willing to give a subtitled action flick a fair shake, Apocalypto delivers the goods with fierce abandon and forceful intensity.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
UPC:
0786936705089
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:18:00

Special Features

"Becoming Mayon: Creating Apocalypto"; Deleted scenes with optional commentary by writer/director/producer Mel Gibson and writer/co-producer Farhad Safinia; Feature audio commentary by writer/director/producer Mel Gibson and writer co-producer Farhad Safinia

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rudy Youngblood Jaguar Paw
Dalia Hernandez Seven
Jonathan Brewer Blunted
Morris Birdyellowhead Flint Sky
Carlos Emilio Baez Turtles Run
Amilcar Ramirez Curl Nose
Israel Contreras Smoke Frog
Israel Rios Coca Leaf,Cocao Leaf
Isabel Diaz Mother in Law
Espiridion Acosta Cache Old Story Teller
Mayra Serbulo Young Woman
Iazua Larios Sky Flower
Lorena Hernández Village Girl
Itandehui Gutiérrez Wife
Sayuri Gutiérrez Eldest Daughter
Hiram Soto Fish Hunter
José Suárez First Temple Sacrifice
Raoul Trujillo Zero Wolf
Gerardo Taracena Middle Eye
Rodolfo Palacios Snake Ink
Ariel Galván Hanging Moss
Bernando Ruíz Drunkards Four
Ricardo Díaz Mendoza Cut Rock
Richard Can Ten Peccary
Carlos Ramos Monkey Jaw
Ammel Rodrigo Mendoza Buzzard Hook
Marco Antonio Argueta Speaking Wind
Javier Escobar Vicious Holcane
Fernando Hernandez High Priest
Maria Isidra Hoil Oracle Girl
Aquetzali Garcia Oracle Girl
Abel Woolrich Laughing Man
Antonio Monroy Chilam
Nicolas Jasso Man On Temple Top
Ronaldo Eknal Slave Auctioneer
Miriam Tun Women Auctioneer
Rafael Vélez King
Diana Botello Queen
Joaquín Rendón Head Chac
Terry Edwards Singer
Rahat Nusrat Ali Kahn Singer

Technical Credits
Mel Gibson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Carlos Benassini Set Decoration/Design
Roberto Bonelli Art Director
Fernando Camara Sound/Sound Designer
Iana Carboni Makeup
Mario Cardona Cinematographer
Federico Carretti Makeup
Laura Bonilla Cerón Makeup
Vicki Christianson Executive Producer
Benjamin Cook Set Decoration/Design
Bruce Davey Producer
Ned Dowd Executive Producer
Jesús 'Chucho' Duran Special Effects Supervisor
Ian Fox Camera Operator
David Ruiz Gameros Makeup
Antonio Garfias Makeup
Adrian Grunberg Asst. Director
Carla Hool Casting
James Horner Score Composer
Enrico Iacoponi Makeup
Naaman Marshall Art Director
Richard Merryman Camera Operator
Sergio Miranda Producer
Erick Monroy Set Decoration/Design
MPFX Studios Special Effects
Kevin O'Connell Sound Mixer
Daryn Okada Cinematographer
Giulio Pezza Makeup
Captive Audience Prods. Makeup Special Effects
Guillermo Rosas Camera Operator
Andrew Rowlands Camera Operator
Mayes C. Rubeo Costumes/Costume Designer
Greg P. Russell Sound Mixer
Farhad Safinia Co-producer,Screenwriter
Tom Sanders Production Designer
Dean Semler Cinematographer
Aldo Signoretti Makeup
Vittorio Sodano Makeup
Rulan Tangen Choreography
Gabriella Trani Makeup
John Wright Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mel Gibson's Apocalypto
1. Hunters [:00]
2. Safe Passing [:00]
3. Fear [:00]
4. Sacred Gathering [:00]
5. Ravage [8:18]
6. "Don't Be Afraid" [4:44]
7. Safe From Harm [6:13]
8. Cut Loose [3:52]
9. Prophecy [9:24]
10. Place Built of Stone [5:10]
11. Sacrifice [10:42]
12. Day Becomes Night [8:10]
13. Runi [4:13]
14. Man Who Brings the Jaguar [8:20]
15. "I Am Jaguar Paw" [7:40]
16. Reborn of Mud and Earth [1:17]
17. Warrior's Death [5:02]
18. New Beginnings [6:38]
19. Credits [2:17]

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