Mel Gibson's Apocalypto
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From Mel Gibson, director of THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST and the Academy Award(R)-winning BRAVEHEART (Best Director, Best Picture, 1995) comes the thrilling historical epic APOCALYPTO. This intense, nonstop action-adventure transports you to an ancient South American civilization, for an experience unlike anything you've ever known. In the twilight of the mysterious Mayan culture, young Jaguar Paw is captured and taken to the great Mayan city where he faces a harrowing end. Driven by the power of his love for his wife and son, he makes an adrenaline-soaked, heart-racing escape to rescue them and ultimately save his way of life. Filled with unrelenting action and stunning cinematography, APOCALYPTO is an enthralling and unforgettable film experience.
Forget any off-screen impressions you may have of Mel Gibson, and experience Apocalypto as the mad, bloody runaway train that it is. The story is set in the pre-Columbian Maya population: one village is brutally overrun, its residents either slaughtered or abducted, by a ruling tribe that needs slaves and human sacrifices. We focus on the capable warrior Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood), although Gibson skillfully sketches a whole population of characters--many of whom don't survive the early reels. Most of the film is set in the dense jungle, but the middle section, in a grand Mayan city, is a dazzling triumph of design, costuming, and sheer decadent terror. The movie itself is a triumph of brutality, as Gibson lets loose his well-established fascination with bodily mortification in a litany of assaults including impalement, evisceration, snakebite, and bee stings. It's a dark, disgusted vision, but Gibson doesn't forget to apply some very canny moviemaking instincts to the violence--including the creation of a tremendous pair of villains (strikingly played by Raoul Trujillo and Rodolfo Palacias). The film is in a Maya dialect, subtitled in English, and shot on digital video (which occasionally betrays itself in some blurry quick pans). Amidst all the mayhem, nothing in the film is more devastating than a final wordless exchange of looks between captured villager Blunted (Jonathan Brewer) and his wife's mother (Maria Isabel Diaz), a superb change in tone from their early relationship. Yes, this is an obsessive, crazed movie, but Gibson knows what he's doing. --Robert Horton
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Apocalypto soundtrack by James Horner
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One big STAR for the movie; beautiful and exciting. I watched the movie when it was first released in theaters, it was in English sub-titles.
One stinking, rotten star for the seller, Movie Mars, who failed to mention in the description the movie was in Spanish sub-titles. I contacted Movie Mars, and they said I could return the undamaged movie and they'll refund me a $1.50, YES, a whopping $1.50 for the inconvenience. Movie Mars, you must be from another galaxy.
Give this roller coaster of a ride a chance. Worth repeated viewings. If Braveheart didn't prove Mel Gibson is some kind of savant, this film surely cements that he is one of a few directors working today that has a vision way beyond most.
For some reason, I felt like Mel Gibson was trying to show us our current state of affair in this move in a subliminal manner. The scene in the big city, people and rules reminded me our current state of operation in our country. Those who know and those who do not know while continue to be manipulated by knowledge owners. Good catch Mel...
I know Mel Gibson missed the Academy Award on this piece, simply he got drunk and said things he should not have. But, the movie should not have been punished. A film is a team work, result of hundreds of artists contributing to every second of it. That is why Academy of MP is piece of crap..Voting based on politics solely, not art..I am awarding the best movie of the year to this film.... Period...
The scenes are simply breath taking, actors are well chosen and acted.
Originally, I watched this on a theater screen, but the Blu-ray I received is showing the film in adjusted cine-action mode, making the film look like day time soap opera. And, I know my TV setting is off for motion enhancement. I never use it. Something about the way the movie as transferred to Blu-Ray. Not a big deal. I think, because the scenes are so fast pace that perhaps, producers wanted to minimize the pixelation issues by using motion enhancement on Blu-Ray
VERDICT: BUY IT !
(Thanks for reading my review...)
I get a bit muddy and tend to digress, and it's been years since I've seen this movie - but it made that much of an impression on me: I'm still talking about it 7 years later!
Buy it - watch it - love it. (If Mel happens to read this review, please know this: "I love you. Always have.") ~ Jackie O