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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.
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…
Scavenger Hunt 16
Film #23/Task #16: "A fantasy movie set in ancient history"
It's unfortunate that Apocalypto gets dismissed/overlooked so much, because it's an incredible action-adventure film that really holds up well. The scale it reaches and the amount of people involved in bringing the movie to life is so impressive: the costumes, the makeup, the sets, the amount of extras, the authentic locations, etc. It all speaks to a director with a lot of dedication, skill, a knack for brutality, uncomfortable close-ups, and great storytelling ability. And even though it becomes a a long chase sequence halfway through, it's so well executed that it never felt boring (it also helps that Rudy Youngblood/Jaguar Paw is a charming, badass hero…
The attention to detail and verisimilitude achieved in recreating Mayan Civilization is staggering. Everything else is aight.
Interesting film with an interesting concept. The story felt rather conventional and the historical accuracy probably fails, but Apocalypto is a unique and entertaining experience.
Mel Gibson is clearly insane and in many ways unsavory, but the dude knows how to compose a shot. His entire career as a director seems to be focused on violence and brutality, at this point I’m beginning to think The Passion was an elaborate prank, a scheme to trick millions of Christian conservatives into watching sadomasochistic torture porn. The violence is just as present in this film, but its used in ways that are a lot more fun, this is an unpretentious movie that works best when it’s viewed as a straightforward action movie. It’s a bit slow during the first act, but once it gets going, it really cooks, especially during the climactic long distance foot chase. The film sets its adrenaline charged action during a time and place that has rarely been seen in a high budgeted film. Cool movie.
Un survival original por su ambientación. Gibson sabe dirigir, de eso no hay duda. Formalmente, por cierto, más que notable.
El rigor histórico y ese final con el que casi me caigo del sillón los dejamos para otro día.
Film #20 of the Scavenger Hunt Challenge for July 2016!
Task #27 An action movie without guns.
"And for you Blunted... the balls."
You have to hand it to the man, Mel Gibson is a god at making you care about people you wouldn't usually give a shit about.
Apocalypto follows Jaguar Paw after his tribe are attacked by a different Mayan tribe, he must escape from potential human sacrifice and return to his family before it's too late. I have to say that i really enjoyed the plot of this film. For a decently long movie, it never feels poorly paced. Just enough time is spent on each scene to develop the characters, make us care…
Liked it more than The Revenant.....
Some of the most incredible and vivid world-building in any work of fiction. Garish colors, brutal violence, relentless pacing, and oddly relatable characters give Gibson's vision of the End of the World a spooky and ethereal quality.
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!