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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!"
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…
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!
Considering they had barely acted before, Mel gibson creates an epic monster
I finally watched this after reading too many gushing comments on the internet about how much of a masterpiece it is. It's not that. What it is: beautiful, gruesome, and intense.
This shit was pretty nuts.
If only this film had a better cinematographer. Seriously, I respect the effort Mel Gibson put into this, but I really did not like how this was shot.
As for the actors, they were really believable, and this is an enjoyable film. So yeah, I'd definitely recommend it, just so long as you don't mistake this as a documentary. It's a fun action film with care went in to it.
This is a stunning experience. It's only comparable to Mad Max:Fury Road...but this precedes that film by nearly a decade. All guts and vision here, essentially a riveting chase movie with stunning production design and incredible camera work. It's gory as well but that's not the point. This is a roller coaster with some meditations on morality, family and civilization...but most of all it's a roller coaster. Masterful.
For a long time I was kind of "avoiding" APOCALYPTO. For some reason it just didn't interested me much, despite being directed (and written) by Mel Gibson, who I like a lot. But last night was on TV and I finally decided to give it a chance.
Well...I heard a lots of good stuff about this movie, and I know it has a good reputation, so I was kind of expecting/hoping to like it. And I did.
Essentially, APOCALYPTO is very simple and straightforward two hour chase movie about a guy who just wants to save himself and his family. And somewhere in between he had a chance to avenge the death of his father and friends.
As expected from…
Why don't people like this movie? The production value is astoundingly vast with the entirety of Mayan culture fully realized from the setting to the lifestyle of the ancient civilization. It is beautiful to see Mel Gibson resurrect the language as well for the purpose of this film. The action sequences are shots of adrenaline and the last act is intense. The story is not completely original, but really, what story is truly original nowadays? However, its execution is great through its exploration of the Mayans society.
Some parts are highly unrealistic, especially a scene near the end, but I tend to overlook stuff like that if the project is as well-done as this. The film also provides a glimpse into the doomed civilization's impending tragedy, but Gibson ends it in a subtly hopeful manner, which I appreciate more than a completely bleak one.
Apocalypto is Mel Gibson's most grounded, beautifully-shot, and exciting film to date - a brutal peak into a now forgotten civilisation.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!