|Cast: Rudy Youngblood,
Carlos Emilio Baez,
Director(s): Mel "What are you looking at Sugartits" Gibson
Genre: Action / Disaster
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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?!
Um, I believe we just saw human sacrifice in the shamefully underrated, non-Mel-Gibson-esque "Silent Hill".
There was one in "Temple of Doom"
I regularly got sacrificed being the low-level Female Warrior "Tank" in World of Warcraft...
Tasha Yar sacrificed herself to save the Enterprise (and in doing so, Denise Crosby sacrificed her career...)
Sometimes, ballplayers have to Sacrifice an out to bring in a run...
We ALL make Sacrifices in our own little ways...
Don't forget the chess sacrifice...
God knows I've sacrificed a multitude of guys in Archon over the years....I'm looking at YOU, knights and Trolls!
...and Slayer sang 'Altar of Sacrifice'....
....and Sucicidal Tendencies sings 'Accept My Sacrifice'.....
....and then there's, um, this......
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!
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.
That baby scene at the end...yeeesh!
any movie with pyramids has to get four stars!!!
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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