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Apocalypto (2006)

Cast: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead, Carlos Emilio Baez, Ramirez Amilcar, Israel Contreras,

Director(s): Mel "What are you looking at Sugartits" Gibson

Language: Yucatec

Genre: Action / Disaster

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Synopsis

Mel Gibson (BRAVEHEART, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST) tackles the downfall of Mayan civilization in his latest turn as writer/director. Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) and his fellow villagers lead a peaceful life in the forest until a savage, unprovoked attack turns their world upside down. After hiding his pregnant wife and young son from the invaders, Jaguar Paw joins in the fight, only to be taken prisoner with the rest of the survivors. Uncertain of what the future holds and taken from his home t... [Get complete synopsis]

 

Jefferygn wrote on January 3, 2007, 8:35 am
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Not withstanding Mel's bizarre personnal issues, this is a great spectacle of a movie. You have never seen another movie that looks like this. The sheer novelty, set design, production design, make up and costume design of this film make it worth watching. It is very exciting, with not a dull moment during its 2.5 hours.

That being said however, the writing is simple at best, and typically Mel-Gibson-Clunky at worst (ever listen to the dialog in Braveheart? It's attrocious!); the movie seems to lack much of a point - it is a gory and stunning chase movie, but I can't figure out why it was made or what the point of it was supposed to be; and from what I understand there are some fairly important historical inaccuracies (but I am no expert on Mayan history, so I can't truly comment).

But in its favor, the acting is excellent, the visuals memorable, and hey, how many times have you seen human sacrifise of late?!

Jefferygn wrote on January 3, 2007, 8:36 am
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motleymitch wrote on January 3, 2007, 11:44 am
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Um, I believe we just saw human sacrifice in the shamefully underrated, non-Mel-Gibson-esque "Silent Hill".

Papamikey wrote on January 3, 2007, 2:21 pm
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There was one in "Temple of Doom"

Papamikey wrote on January 3, 2007, 2:24 pm
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I regularly got sacrificed being the low-level Female Warrior "Tank" in World of Warcraft...

Papamikey wrote on January 3, 2007, 2:27 pm
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Tasha Yar sacrificed herself to save the Enterprise (and in doing so, Denise Crosby sacrificed her career...)

Papamikey wrote on January 3, 2007, 2:29 pm
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Sometimes, ballplayers have to Sacrifice an out to bring in a run...

Papamikey wrote on January 3, 2007, 2:31 pm
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We ALL make Sacrifices in our own little ways...

MasterWoodsman wrote on January 3, 2007, 11:08 pm
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Don't forget the chess sacrifice...

motleymitch wrote on January 4, 2007, 2:17 am
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God knows I've sacrificed a multitude of guys in Archon over the years....I'm looking at YOU, knights and Trolls!

motleymitch wrote on January 4, 2007, 2:20 am
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...and Slayer sang 'Altar of Sacrifice'....

motleymitch wrote on January 4, 2007, 2:23 am
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....and Sucicidal Tendencies sings 'Accept My Sacrifice'.....

motleymitch wrote on January 4, 2007, 2:24 am
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....and then there's, um, this......
MasterWoodsman wrote on June 4, 2007, 10:05 pm
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LOL Funny Thread!

Dessy and I just finished watching this movie and we were both very impresses. This was indeed an original movie. Gory to say the least, but at least in context. I don't think I've ever seen so many decapitations in my life.

All I got to say is that the hero had one hell of a bad day!

Once the action got going it never stopped. Good
job, Mel, despite your recent antisocial behavior.

Note: The scene below is where the protagonist gets attacked by a mechanical dragon. I didn't expect the olden days to have these, but wow was I wrong!

Deril wrote on November 3, 2007, 11:42 am
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Wow!
This blew me away. Personal feelings towards mel aside, I turned it on LATE last night ( and I was really tired) and once I started watching it I couldn't turn it off. This movie goes full speed ahead and really keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Really worth a watch.


*******minor spoiler*******

That baby scene at the end...yeeesh!

Deril wrote on November 3, 2007, 11:43 am
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MrTTT wrote on November 13, 2007, 1:00 pm
Mood: excited
Rated
any movie with pyramids has to get four stars!!!
motleymitch wrote on August 23, 2008, 3:15 am
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Agreed on all counts.
Beautiful set design/costumes/make-up....just visually stunning. Intense & nail-biting, and yes, pretty much a Mayan chase-scene movie, but very gripping and original in its execution (pun intended). And that jaguar attack scene? *MUAH!*
It loses points for A) bad (subtitled) dialogue. Assuming this is indeed a period piece, I highly doubt the natives' dialogue translations were so slangy and buddy-flick-ish.
And B) the last 30 minutes or so, though exciting, kinda degenerated into a Mayan Rambo scenario (which I predicted to myself would happen earlier).
But kudos to Gibson for taking what was undoubtedly an expensive chance to make a somewhat non-conventional original film & showing more directorial promise than the dreck that was 'Braveheart' (sorry folks, it did suck) and 'Passion Of The Christ' (which was just straight-up BORING).
If borderline insanity and the drunken, racist sassing of female police officers leads to more films like this, then let's keep Gibson out of the nuthouse for a while and see what happens...

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