All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
"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 Gibson is sick, bloodthirsty, absolutely stark-raving mad and a fairly decent director.
Beyond obvious misrepresentations of history, this is still a pretty jolting and visceral experience. All the same, it's a bit of an ugly, digital nightmare and tonally stuck between sadistic seriousness and over-the-top goofiness. Why is there a monkey fight? And why do we have to see a jaguar chew a man's face off his skull? Because Mel Gibson - that's why.
Remain objective. Think clearly. Film looks good. Film sounds good. Story is good. Beginning is good. Middle is good. Nearly no lulls. Ending is far fetched. Better than the Revenant. Good acting. Good dialogue. Shakespearian at times. Always interesting. Solid 4. Heavy 4. 4.5 probably. What keeps it from 5, not sure. May be a racial, historical thing. May be some CG. But don't buy that. Don't sell it. Just dig the movie.
#203 APOCALYPTO - I’m mostly blaming whoever told me it was a great action movie, but I hated it #DLMChallenge #366Movies #366Days
The last film that gave me all these goosebumps is Mad Max 4 and this one is even more exhilarating. All these mayan decoration and ritual sacrifice are so fascinating. The jungle scenes, chasing and fighting are just so amazingly plotted and painted. Wooowwww...
Had it not been for Pans Labyrinth coming out the same year, I would have liked that both the Make-up, Art direction, costume and Set decoration Oscars would have gone to Apocalypto. The movie is stunning, the sets look magnificent and most of all real. Except for some iffy CGI, but we can't get away with that these days.
My one big problem here is the opening scene. Where the other Indians are forcing the impotent Indian to eat testicles. The dialogue and situation seems primitive, even for native Indians. Slapstick has nothing to do here.
But looking away from that one thing, this was a ride man. A beautiful ride. I'm thinking that I almost feel the same as most do about The Revenant, about Apocalypto.
Mel Gibson must have a pretty fucked up mind. From the torture scenes in Braveheart, to the violent aftermath in The Passion of the Christ, Apocalypto is one of the most brutal, intense, saddening, and disturbing movies I've ever seen. This definitely isn't for the faint of heart. "Almost". Grade: B+
Underrated. It's far from comfortable viewing like the Passion since Gibson went to such lengths to make it authentic. Actually makes it better in the end.
One of the best of it's genre, this movie directed by Mel Gibson shows the bloody and savage world that was the Mayan culture. Of course in classic Gibson fashion it has been exaggerated to suit his narrative but it's still effective none the less. The acting by these unknown actors were really visceral and believable, like the world had come to life. I think there is much to find in Apocalypto and do take note that the whole film is subbed which I did like as it was more realistic.
A lot can be read into by this film and it sure has a lot of themes and meanings but Mel does seem a little heavy handed at times when displaying that visually, however all round a great watch if you can stomach it. Not for everyone.
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!