A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
Mel Gibson can make movies. But the biggest feat in Apocalypto isn't his direction. It's the work of its production design and makeup team. The crowd scenes in the Aztec city are some of the most imaginative pieces of movie costuming and makeup ever. Ever.
Gibson deserves credit for having the horse sense to make Apocalypto an adventure film more or less. Yeah, it’s an adventure film with brutal human sacrifice, but there's a straight-ahead quality to the narrative that keeps it from getting weighted down by tragedy. It teeters on the brink of being overly sentimental but never falls.
P.S. It's fun to watch the behind-the-scenes on this film and see how frenetic and energetic a director Mel is. He's bouncing from one extra to the next giving them direction. I don't know if I've ever seen a director as animated.
I enjoy Mel Gibson's work (I am, afterall, aussie!). This is an impressive vehicle from him, in my humble opinion. Very intense at times, it ticks all the viewer's needs admirably. It's long, but well worth the watch.
A lot of running
Thumbs Up: The power of the chase, simple, visceral, mind-blowing production design, plus the commitment to blockbuster in a dead language and using a non-white cast would be absolutely lauded if this came out today. Mel Gibson may be a flawed person (like the rest of us) but he is also a true cinematic craftsman.
Thumbs Down: Some of the camerawork gets a little digital in parts, a bit too much testicle banter at the start.
Es war schon wieder eine ganze Weile her seit ich Mel Gibsons Apocalypto zum letzten Mal gesehen hatte, doch nach einigen filmischen Fehlgriffen, hatte ich genug der cineastischen Selbstgeißelungen. Ich glaube, dass ich einfach mal wieder einen sicheren Treffer landen wollte und glücklicherweise stellt sich der gute alte Mel als absolut sichere Bank heraus. Apocalypto ist ein zeitloses Meisterwerk dem die verdiente Anerkennung bei genauerer Betrachtung verwährt blieb. Aber dafür ist er halt zu kompromisslos, zu radikal. Natürlich wurden dem mittlerweile unter Generalverdacht stehenden Gibson auch hier wieder die haarsträubendsten Dinge angedichtet, die sich jedoch nicht bestätigen. Den damals vorgeworfenen Rassismus kann ich nun wirklich nicht erkennen und auch die einseitige Zeichnung der antagonistischen Zivilisation ist eine nachvollziehbare künstlerische Entscheidung.…
Mad Max on foot truly is a great description of Apocalypto.
oder Mad Mel: Jungle Road
"Apocalypto" ist eine wunderbare Mischung aus atemberaubenden Natur-Aufnahmen und knallharter Brutalität. Mel Gibson erschafft mit seiner Besetzung aus unbekannten Gesichtern ein Ungetüm von einem Film, der sich durch den Originalton so hypnotisch-fremdartig anfühlt.
Und ganz nebenbei ist der Film ein beinharter Actionfilm mit einem noch sehr unbenutztem historischen Hintergrund - sehr, sehr gut!
In a time where so many films are so similar they bleed into each other it is interesting to travel back a decade to Mel Gibson's Apocalypto. People still talk about Passion of the Christ to this day but Mel's follow up here seems to be forgotten in the sands of time.
It definitely feels like a film from another time as the filmmakers tried really hard to recreate the feel of the Mayans and actually shot in jungles and constructed entire sets. Those sets and locations as well as the costume designs and speaking the Mayan language all help take the viewer to this ancient civilization. A lot of the film is an extended chase scene and contains minimal…
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