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Set in the Mayan civilization, when a man's idyllic presence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, he is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life.
How this is not considered one of the finest action movies of the decade is beyond me. It is brutal, hard-hitting, exhilarating and contains a world so fully realized that I have to smile. The costumes, the mayan decorations, the jungle, the temples, everything is perfect. Equally colorful and real, the film juggles emotions and violent action wonderfully. It's a powerful movie that never lets up or looks back. One of my all-time favorites. I wish people could look beyond whoever Gibson is as a private person and see him for the brilliant master director he can be. Also, I hope his viking film will see the light of day sometime. It would be epic.
A truly remarkable work of action cinema from a director who really knows how mix together a thrilling cinematic cocktail (2 parts adrenalin to 1 part mysticism, with a turbo-charged shot of viscera for extra kick).
It's essentially a chase movie and it's near-relentless. It looks great, with some rough-and-ready use of handheld and body-mounted cameras. It flows well, with economic character set-up before it all kicks off. It ratchets up the tension and offers some wonderful set piece action scenes at regular intervals.
It's not particularly knowing or an attempt to take action in a new direction but what it is is absolutely solid. However, it is a bold move to keep the original language (for what it's worth)…
Mel Gibson is a sick man. We can all agree. But I usually don't like to judge people's work through the prism of their personal life. It sounds like a romantic idea but Apocalypto is the perfect example of why this is important. Out of the insanity from Mel Gibson, it's hard to deny the talent and creativity of the work on this film. I think it's an underrated masterpiece of the highest order. From the conception, to the casting, to the pace, to the set design, to the historical accuracy, it's amazing.
This movie is worth watching just for the 10 minutes you get in the ancient Mayan city. It's all real sets, it's all real people, and it's…
"Mad Max on foot" - That was how this film was described to me and I was skeptical but aside from the set up this movie really is intense! Watched it over Christmas at my parents house, my mum came into the room and said "Oh this looks like a film I would like.... oh that's scary!"
This movie is fucking awesome! I'm the biggest, most self-centered dickhead that ever walked the surface of the Earth for giving this masterpiece a 4/5 a few years ago. I should eat a tapir's balls sack for my imbecility. Justice has been done!
Mel fucking Gibson. Forgetting any personal views I have of Gibson (which put me off watching this since its release), Apocalypto is a great achievement. Throughout the film, I kept thinking to myself that this is what cinema was made for, like 2001, The Pianist or Lawrence of Arabia, a mechanism to craft adventures and other worlds and tell amazing stories of distant lands and even more distant people. While Apocalypto is a small scale film narratively, ultimately a glorified chase film, the scope it reaches is of epic proportions. Taking us, the viewer, back in time to an almost forgotten age which is extremely foreign but also very human.
While I'd like to drawn comparisons to Braveheart or Passions…
so good story
The third act of this film is one of the most tense experiences I've had in a movie.
Don't let the whole Mel Gibson thing put you off- you will only rob yourself of experiencing one of the most exhilarating action movies of all time. Historically accurate? Probably not but hell I was entertained!
I don't remember a single moment watching this movie where I wasn't on edge. Mel Gibson movies will always be the best for fight and action scenes especially this movie. The 2006 effects are my favorite part aka the jaguar. I could've lived without the ending since it wasn't accurate but still thought it wrapped up well.
I loved Jaguar Paw's chase scene at the climax of the film, following the prophecy of being reborn in mud and earth.
Great all around, and the first completely subtitled film I've seen.
Pure Mayan Gold!
A partir del siglo XX hemos tendido hacia la romantización de las culturas antiguas. Como si fueran santos inocentes aplastados por un paso de la historia que implica, necesariamente, la barbarie. Y si bien puede haber algo de eso, ellos no eran tan diferentes de nosotros. Comían, dormían, cagaban e incluso amaban, odiaban y mataban. Igual que nosotros. Por eso la actitud paternalista de creer que todo pueblo indígena o primitivo fue siempre y necesariamente un paraíso perdido, una suerte de utopía imposible donde todo era pacífico y perfecto hasta la llegada de imperio x —siempre malvado, siempre corrupto—, no sólo hace flaco favor a la historia, sino también a nosotros mismos. A fin de cuentas, en términos proporcionales, nuestro…
A young man is captured by a hunting party after he hides his wife and child in a dry well, who then get left behind and wait for him to come back. The rest of his tribe are either killed or capture along with him.
There was something about this film that was bugging me, and a couldn’t put my finger on it until about halfway through the film. This is a film that doesn’t really know what it wants to be. Does it want to be accurate, gritty, and realistic, or does it want to go in the other direction and give us a more “Hollywood” portrayal that would be less realistic, but have more leeway with what can…
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…