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Set in ancient Mayan times, "Apocalypto" is essentially the harrowing journey of one man, a youth named Jaguar Paw (a convincing Rudy Youngblood). Living a simple and isolated existence, his tribe are very at home within the forest. One day, the unthinkable happens. They are attacked by another group with apparent intentions of enslaving whomever they don't kill. Youngblood's wife and son are stranded in an underground well, many others are murdered, and Youngblood is among a dozen or so who are rounded up and marched out in bondage. The subsequent journey leads to a fantastical temple sequence, where it becomes clear that the prisoners are not to become slaves--but sacrifices. The remainder of the film deals with how Youngblood can escape this situation.Read more ›
Some people here in Mexico have complained about the film's historical accuracy since by the time the Spanish arrived in America, the Mayan civilization had already been taken over by other groups. In any case, Hollywood films are not the best way to learn about history.
When Braveheart came out over 10 years ago I remmember a friend telling me: "who would have thought Mel Gibson was a real director", 2 films later he keeps surprising me with his directing skills. It's too bad the public has let themselves be convinced by the media that he's the most evil person to ever come out of Hollywood which is absurd. I guess they feel the more they discredit him the more they discredit "The Passion of the Christ".
Great work Mel !
When I first heard what this was about and saw the trailer I feared that Mr. Gibson was losing his touch. The movie looked plain boring.
I can't remember the last time I have been so wrong.
I work for a production company that made a film with Mr. Gibson in the past and decided to write him to share how I felt about his work. Below is a copy of the letter I sent him:
"Dear Mr. Gibson,
I am writing to tell you how beautiful and powerful I think Apocalypto is. I first saw it one month ago and have seen it four more times since. I believe it is one of the best films ever made.
The story was magnificently crafted with characters and emotions I found I could easily relate to. It triggered emotions within me as I watched. I laughed hard with the characters. And I felt their fear, pain, hatred, love and desire. The gaps (between expectation and reality) were opened wider than in any movie I've seen in a very long time. My mind throbbed with contemplation when the old story teller told his people of how man took until the Earth had nothing left to give. I grew uneasy as I realized the similarities between the Mayan narcissism and that of great civilizations since, especially our (America's) own.
The epic chase was powerful and cerebral. Jaguar Paw's exhaustion and need was palpable. It is the greatest chase ever - better than The Fugitive.
The cinematography was bold and vibrant.Read more ›
Whether you love him or hate him, obviously the vast majority rule that Mel Gibson can not only act, but direct movies with the best of them. The tale of the tail tells all.
Hoo-hum Box Office sales, but the lead in DVD sales. That's with no doubt due to his ranting and subsequent arrest. But overlying all of this is the absolute high quality of storytelling and savage beauty he can lend to a film. This is without a doubt one of the best films ever made.
Filled with such raw beauty and savage violence, Gibson is smart enough to balance it with showing the love and caring his characters evoke. Not just rely on great action seqeunces, or special effects. The downfall of many a director.
This movie shines beautifully on my 65-inch HD T.V. Better than the theater. If you don't own a huge HD TV, then you must purchase one to get the full effect of such awesome filmed movies.
A must have for your library.
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Excellent job recreating a preliterate culture. Very dramatic. Won't say anything for the morals or ethics of it producer.Published 2 days ago by Gregory K. Tobkes
It said I couldn't watch it " wrong reign" made me mad I want to return. I live in USA.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a masterpiece. I saw it when it first came out theatrically, and was impressed then. I can't think why I waited so long to view it again... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Anonymous
Great movie! Need the English version, the caption version is not to entertaining.Published 1 month ago by Harvey B.
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|Finally, motion picture with an accurate portrayal of historic FACT !||
"the arrival of the Spanish signalled the best news the Indians throughout the Americas could have possibly had - even if the Indians themselves had no idea of it for several hundred years afterward"
cause without that, how could they have Indian casinos?
it's cool how you can... Read More
Dec 20, 2007 by Hung Yu Ting | See all 18 posts
According to the description, it has subtitles in English, Spanish and French.
Aug 21, 2008 by bcpinguino | See all 6 posts
Hallo Jarrod The Good news Apocalypto will play on zone B players and playstations despite the zone A on the cover.It is obviosly zone free and one of the best Blu-ray film´s from picture quality I have seen to date .Andrew Tyler munich germany.
May 30, 2007 by Andrew Tyler | See all 15 posts
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