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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…
You don't need guns or vehicles or star power for a good action movie.
This movie is excellent.
That is all.
I'll admit, the idea of a violent 139-minute Mel Gibson-directed action adventure in which the characters speak Yucatec Maya, an ancient (though not completely dead) language, seemed like a lot to handle. While I definitely wanted to see it, I just managed to put it off for ten years.
Now I'm kind of sorry I waited so long. Yes, it's violent and bloody, but as action films go it's probably one of the best ... tension and suspense remain high throughout but it's modulated enough to keep you from getting saturated and worn down. The protagonists, members of a small tribe taken prisoner by a band of marauding slave traders, are sympathetic and well-delineated in a way that keeps us…
When looking for a film foretelling of 2017: TRUMP's AMERICA, look no further than Apocalypto.
A visceral blend of breathless action and simplistic melodrama. If the latter sounds like a criticism, it's not. Not really. Apocalypto unashamedly favours storytelling significantly more than the actual story itself, and the way in which this film is executed makes up for its arguably shallow script (more attention to the characters and it could've been a masterpiece). Mel Gibson has an undeniable eye for cinematic storytelling, and here he pulls out all the stops. If judged on its technical merits alone, and excluding the odd questionable effects shot, Apocalypto is pretty much perfect. The cinematography by Dean Semler (of Mad Max: The Road Warrior and Dances With Wolves fame) is beautifully immersive and realistic. The opening scenes in particular…
Film #13 of Scavenger Hunt #20.
#19: A pre-2010 film shot on digital.
I think this is close to a good film, but it really drags towards the middle. The first third and last third are really strong (especially the last 20 minutes), but once the plot leaves the forest, it's really weak. This film works better as a grindhouse inspired thrill ride, than an actual deliberation on Mayan civilization. Overall, this is definetely not Gibson's strongest work, but it's certainly not bad. It's certainly got the Gibson trademarks of spirituality and heavy violence.
Grindhouse: Mayan Edition
A film about a civilization decaying and on the brink of collapse/takeover was probably not the best thing to watch this week. Or maybe it was?
A jaguar (I realized I can't say this word well) eats someone's face off. And a bee hive gets chucked at some Mayans. God damn.
Thumbs up to Mel Gibson for making a movie that portraits an era and a reality which few directors actually dare to. I dont understand why but there are very few movies about these themes. Anyway the cinematography is quite unappealing for a guy who gives a lot of value to cinematography but doesn't actually know what it is (im joking, or am i). I feel like the movie could be a lot better aesthetically speaking instead it focus a lot on its special and pratical effects which are a mix btween awesome and awful like the violence, awesome and awful.
Man asses. Man asses everywhere.
Really good movie. Strong performances, solid story and the part was easily that it felt like they went back in time to shoot this film. Really good job at selling this time and place
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