Very naughty boy Mel Gibson’s latest is a violent, epic, action/adventure flick, not short on history and musings on civilization. You know the kind. Whilst some have shouted 'exploitation', certainly no other film in recent memory resembles this.
It chronicles a man’s journey during the times of the Mayan Civilization (Native Americans) - around the same time Columbus was discovering the Americas. The man's idyllic existence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, and he is taken on a perilous journey. 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. Following his most recent The Passion Of Christ, Mel’s quest for authenticity sees Apocalypto spoken in the ancient Maya language and stars a cast of unknown Mexican & Native American actors.
Good ol’ Wikipaedia says of these people: "noted for the only known fully developed written language of the pre-Columbian Americas, its spectacular art and monumental architecture, and sophisticated mathematical and astronomical systems."
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I was loathe to watch this because I'd heard it was half a chase movie. I envisaged another Last of the Mohicans but found two main differences:
mesmerizing cinematography with lush colours, complex scenes, and fascinating panoramas;
and a simple story.
The chase is 50 minutes of 120 minutes but I never lost interest.
This is an amazing film. It is as athentic as it could possibly be.
It depicts the horror of the raids carried out by all of these ancient civilizations to secure an endless stream of human sacrifices.
This film speaks of the love, devotion, courage, and the inexhaustible human spirit when faced with near impossible odds.
It is an incredible film.
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