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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…
"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!
do not be afraid.
I watched this in English class and it was probably one of the loudest cinematic experiences of my life.
Whilst not being a perfect film, Apocalypto's powerful visuals and emotional pull make it one of the best in Mel Gibson's directorial career. It suffers slightly from some inconsistent writing and a couple of scenes (the opening one in particular) that undermine its serious tone and call into question the accuracy of it representation of the Mayan people. However, Gibson's ability to build suspense and keep a frenetic pace ultimately make it a success.
Some glorious moments (everything leading up to the eclipse is spectacular) but I questioned the historical accuracy (did such bloodthirsty soldiers really exist?) and was led to see the film as succeeding mostly as an action film.
It sort of has the logic and themes of one of Mel's 80s hits (persecuted hero, pure evil villain, girl and kids to protect) transposed to a late Mayans, which is fine, but a bit of a let down when a truthful portrayal of this mysterious ancient culture is suggested.
Always a bit suspisus of Mel Gibson because of his Braveheart type nonsense. But Apocalypto is a fine movie, all very exciting and edge of your seat type stuff. As we watch the hero try to escape and rescue his family. It has quite an old fashion narrative, it is execute with a fine directors eye.
A peaceful village is ravaged for slaves and male warriors to be sacrifice to the gods. As we see a Mayan kingdom, with it's decadent royalty and the poverty of the under classes, struggling with it's poor crops of the season. Was this a political message, who knows! The best way the film works is as an action movie. We want to see Jaguar…
Vond hem zeer indrukwekkend de eerste keer dat ik hem zag, in de cinema. Misschien dat die herinnering me wat teveel gefossiliseerd was.
Vond de beeldtaal erg jaren '90, de setting wel érg ge-Amerikaniseerd, en de nadruk op fysiek afzien vermoeiend. Ik denk dat het hoofdpersonage ook wel heroïsch geweest was zonder dat er 2 pijlen doorgevlogen waren.
Het is bewonderenswaardig dat Gibson een onbekende cast een onbekende taal laat vertolken. En de sets zijn ontzettend indrukwekkend. Maar het verhaal overdreven gemeen en weinig meeslepend.
Zie hem één keer, op groot scherm, en verwacht bloed.
What a phenomenal film.
I can honestly say I haven't seen anything quite like it. Story wise it is a simple revenge action thriller, but what sets it apart from other films is the time period. I don't know much about Mayan culture, but it has always fascinated me. Like the days of the gladiators I am shocked by how ancient people were so desensitized to violence. This is an extremely graphic film, however I don't think that is necessarily a bad thing. It is extremely realistic in its portrayal. The Mayans were an aggressive and violent group of people and this accurately displays that. One of Mel Gibson's other directorial endeavors that gets praised often is Braveheart . I…
Mel Gibson created a very interesting film with Apocalypto. I think there is a hint of brilliance with the dynamic between the different Mayan groups but it's not explored quite enough. Gibson once again shows he can stage an action scene and provide beautiful imagery simultaneously. The performances he's able to get from many non-actors is equally as impressive and proves his eye.
Overall, I'd say Apocalypto is definitely worth the watch. I think if Miller ever wanted to pass the directorial reins over on Mad Max, Gibson would be a great choice. Regardless, I think it'll be interesting to see how Gibson comes back this fall with Hacksaw Ridge.
I once saw the last third (approx.) of this movie in a Chinese restaurant, and since I have no plans whatsoever to revisit it, I am going to say that I watched it.
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