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When the end comes, not everyone is ready to go
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.
Definitely one of the most brutal, epic and heart-pounding (on the literal sense lol) journeys about overcoming your own fears that you will ever take!
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…
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…
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!
This movie is super weird to me. The set design, costumes, and overall art direction is pretty awesome. But the writing is so amazingly westernized and bizarre, clashing terribly with the time period and overall feel, that I don't know how to rate this movie. Certainly too long, but not a complete waste. Glad to have crossed this off my list, anyway.
Gibson brings a extinct civilization back to life.
And how. Very detailed. To begin with the language. Just like in The Passion a bold choice to bring a movie like that. Like that you start to believe in the movie magic. But not just the language is detailed but everything else as well. The locations are fantasticly chosen. De junge is a character itself. The village really looks like there have lived people for a long time. And the city is really a work of art. What a lot of layers are there to be discovered. Beautiful how the city was build for real and all the people that live there in their costumes and with their make-up. All done…
Apocalypto feels like a visceral tour through human brutality guided by a confident and masterful director who knows how to use the visual aspects of the film to tell the story clearly and stylistically. Mel Gibson doesn't shy away from the gore and the schlock that is inherent in the story but is able to utilize it to some great effect, even though it does border on gratuitous sometimes. With this film, Gibson proves that he has a lot of talent as a director and can create an effective, tense, visceral tale in a very compelling manner.
Yet, at the same time, I wish some of the other elements of the film were stronger than they were. The underlying assumptions…
Very impressed with the historically accurate dick humor
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Third viewing. I regret not seeing this in theaters as a teenager in 2006. I remember going to the movies one night with my dad and having the choice of seeing either this, "Casino Royale" or "Blood Diamond". I chose "Casino Royale" because it was all the buzz with my best friends at high school, and while I don't necessarily regret that decision, I do remember running into some of my other friends at the theater that same night who were raving to me about how great "Apocalypto" was. I didn't finally get around to seeing it until 2010, but goddamn: it only gets better with age.
This is just a masterpiece -- one of the best movies of the…
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
This movie is brutal. Plain and simple. We follow Jaguar Paw as he fights for survival by overcoming his fears. I think what makes Apocalypto work so well as an action film is how fully realized and developed the world and characters are. Unfortunately, I think the very same things are what hold the film back from being great. While I appreciate how much detail and effort is put into getting the audience embedded in the Mayan culture, I think Gibson spends too much time on the setup and not enough time on the action. If more of the movie contained what was in the final 20-30 minutes, I truly believe this would be a great film.
In my opinion,…
The oldest story ever told. The cycle we as humans can never break out of until mother nature brings us to equilibrium.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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