Apocalypto

Apocalypto

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

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

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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.

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.

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 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
John Wright Editor
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

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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Apocalypto 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HORRRRIBLE SERVICE! It has been 2 weeks an no dvd! Also after buying it and receiving my confirmation e-mail, it said I would receive another e-mail when it was shipped. No e-mail. Called barnes and noble to confirm it was shipped and they aren't completely sure and no response back from these people about the status! Find somewhere else to order from....
rushCA More than 1 year ago
Unique, origional, fast moving, full of surprises. Maybe too violent for some.
GVT More than 1 year ago
First of all, this movie is made for a Big Screen. The main reason for a big screen is the subtitles. But, the scenes are stunning when watched on a big screen. The plot is great. This movie is so exciting it can give you a heart attack. I hadn't seen this movie since it was at the theater. But, I recently finished reading "The River of Doubt." The book reminded me of this movie in some way so I rented it and watched it again. If you haven't seen this movie, first of all, buy a big high def TV if you don't already have one. Then, buy this movie and you will be clutching on to your seat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was great. It was so intense and it realy does take you for a ride. Mel Gibson takes his time with the movies he makes and always does an outstanding job regardless of his personal issues which people try to hold against him. He is definitely on top of his game.This is a DVD that you buy and take out everytime someone visits that hasnt seen it. Excellent, excellent film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mel Gibson is a true artist. Everything about the work is true quality - from the casting to the props. The movie pulls you into its fast paced visual action sans a lot of boring dialogue - what the medium is made for (think of Deadwood with all its mindless talk). As a Native American Tribal member, I say it's the best movie yet depicting the beauty, power and compassion of our people!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't able to view this in the theatres but was determined to purchase it....I'm glad I did. This is one of MG's best movies yet. At times I felt like Jaguar Paw....determined to save my loved ones. It's heartwarming and gets you in the gut. Survival is everything.
Izy More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing movie! It's well worth 2 THUMBS UP! I only wish that they would have made a sequel to this film with what happened to Rudy Youngblood and his family, along with the landing of the Spanish. This movie was packed with action, romance and adventure. It's a must have in your movie collection. The movie is like another The Last of the Mohicans film. Basically Rudy Youngblood was captured and condemned to be sacrificed but the love for his wife and children was too great to break his spirit. He fought his way back to them with brutal hardships of being recaptured.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was amazing in every way from the cinematography, to the overwhelmingly touching and emotionally engaging plot. The idea of unyielding progress that threatens your very way of life and world changing events is truely thrust at you here. I've heard some say that the movie was too violent and portreyed the Mayan people as too uncivilized and brutal. This is a fictional account made to intensify emotions and give you a lesson in an in your face way. Historically, it might not be 100% accurate, but human sacrifice and things of that nature DID happen and happened a lot in the last of the Mayan's days on top. Every tendancy a character has in this movie is based on his ideas of peace, war, religion and fear, so maybe these scenes were integral to the story. Take it at face value instead of jumping on the "talk smack" about Mel Gibson bandwagon. Don't think there's a hidden agenda in this or The Passion. Just needed a villian and you sure as hell get one with the misguided Mayans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this i a really good movie, since the day it came out i was told my everyone to watch it i just never came around to it. i saw it the other day and i loved it. it was almost like a graghic love story from when janguar paw fights to save his wife and child. the effects were great you reall felt like you were there watching in horror how these people were taken killed and tunred into slaves. i think it was a great movie
Brii_PrivateI_24 More than 1 year ago
Apocalypto was awesome. It was very interesting, funny, fast paced, and at times sad. The movie has a very good plot and take off. One that most will enjoy.
SonofDavid More than 1 year ago
speaking in their native tongue. I am not an expert on MAYAN culture per se but have seen Discovery Channel et al and had a feel for the quality of life these people must have had. Mel adds personality and drama to the cold historical facts in regard to the MAYA in a way that brought the plight of the Scots under English rule to life in Braveheart. I thougt the casting was right on........the handsome, brave hero and the very ugly, very cruel villain. The story line was very reflective of the times and the reason war was waged by these people. The objective was even more frightening than what we are fighting for today. The story had enough suspense to keep you interested and enough pathos to root for the home team throughout! The ending was profound in its subtleness and I found myself pondering this fact long after the movie ended. A really great movie about a great people that all but vanished overnight.
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