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In the Maya civilization, a peaceful tribe is brutally attacked by warriors seeking slaves and human beings for sacrifice for their gods. Jaguar Paw hides his pregnant wife and his son in a deep hole nearby their tribe and is captured while fighting with his people. An eclipse spares his life from the sacrifice and later he has to fight to survive and save his beloved family.

Also Known As: Апокалипсис, Апокалипто, Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, Apocalypto, Apokalipsis, Apokalipto, Апокалiпсис

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  • rocky
    Rocky

    Hello sir,
    Please fix the link. Can’t watch.

    Thank you

  • jaanus-saks
    jaanus saks

    As much as I hate to admit this about myself, I am a desensitized individual. This film was not as gory as I had imagined it to be, especially when you consider that I have already been exposed to Mel Gibson’s The Passion. The infamous head rolling scene that you’ll hear everyone talk about was actually filmed from a distance, so it’s not like you see that much detail from all the rolling heads. One of the grossest scenes (in my opinion) is actually in the beginning of the film when a bunch of hunters kill a wild boar and start dismembering it in various regions along its body. I think if you can sit through this scene, you’ll do just fine throughout the rest of the film. However, be warned that I didn’t give complete detail about what is dismembered on this animal; I’ll leave that to the imaginations of the readers of this comment. =) With that set aside, I really think this is one of the most creative, innovative, ingenious films done by Mel Gibson. If Mel Gibson is to ever read this comment, which I highly doubt, I must say, “Great job Mel!” I really feel he worked hard, thought hard, and was very passionate about this one. He introduced a new world that is completely unknown to me, alien even. However, what he was depicting was very real and definitely of this world. The historic accuracy of course remains questionable, but there is very little information left today that can tell us a whole lot about Mayan civilizations.In a nutshell, the storyline consists of a Mayan tribe that deals with what could’ve been very typical issues for their time. However, their lifestyles are dramatically changed when their town is ravaged by a group of Mayan warriors who wish to sell them off as slaves, have them ritualistically sacrificed, or do whatever else that they may deem as profitable or entertaining. The parallels that exist between the civilization that these warriors come from and Today’s society are really cool. Within this civilization you see individuals obsessing over fashion, worshipping wealth, and performing acts of cruelty for trite and meaningless causes. The action in this movie is great as well as the acting, cinematography, and musical score. This highly unique movie will fill you with excitement and will leave you on the edge of your seat, but will do so in a way that is unexpected. For these reasons, I give this movie an eight out of ten. Mel Gibson should feel pretty proud about this work.

  • heidi-decker
    heidi decker

    Let me begin by saying I am no fan of Mel Gibson. Actually I am a former fan turned bitter critic. I love his early work as an actor in “Mad Max”, “Gallipoli”, and especially “The Year of Living Dangerously”, but was greatly disappointed by the crap that follow: “Bird on a Wire”, “Air America”, “Maverick”, the “Lethal Weapon” movies, etc. I thought he showed some ambition by playing “Hamlet”, but it seemed more like a desperate attempt by a “movie star” to prove to everybody he could “do serious work”. Then came “Braveheart”, which I think is fairly entertaining but obviously a rip-off, sort of “Spartacus Goes to England”. Of course Gibson won lots of big awards for that film and became the darling of Hollywood, while I stewed about his renewed popularity. Then came more crap like “Conspiracy Theory”, “What Women Want”, “The Patriot”. He became an actor that I actively avoided at the box office. His anti-Semetic rantings and recent DUI arrest just confirmed what a “tosser” he really was. “See, I told you so.”Then I saw the trailers for “Apocalypto”. Against my better judgment I bought a ticket, fully prepared to be duped by Gibson once again.Mel, if you’re reading this, all is forgiven.”Apocalypto” is one of the most exciting, suspenseful, and original films I’ve ever seen. Who’d have thought that a film about Mayan Indians, without a word of English in it, could be so satisfying? The simplicity of the plot, the lushness of the cinematography, the immediacy of the conflict, the brutal honesty of the violence, the dogged determination of the main character, the manic pacing and editing, the thrilling discovery of worlds we’ve never seen before, all combine to make this a fantastic film. Yes it’s violent and bloody, but the violence is appropriate to the subject matter and it’s certainly no worse than most of the artless schlock unleashed upon us every Halloween.Move over Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson is ready to challenge you for the title of best actor-turned-director. For the first time in a long, LONG time, I am now looking forward to the next “Mel Gibson” project.

  • jessica-jefferson
    jessica jefferson

    I found the movie EXCELLENT, I’m still in shock, recorded in Veracruz (in many places) gives a very savage/natural environment to Gibson’s story, which it’s able to ‘take you there’ 5 minutes after the movie starts. I would need a vote scale of 11 for giving a fair vote to this movie.I’m from Mexico so I’ll try to add a very particular point of view, for a Mexican person to the movie, since I have read almost every comment here for the movie and (with all my respects) there are three points I’d like to mention.Please forgive my English mistakes.At first, even if it’s not really important, the movie plays (probably) in 1519, since it was in this year when Hernan Cortes reaches Veracruz coast (afther other expeditions, this time 3 years before the Aztec Empire was conquered by his army). Movie ends showing this moment indeed (or it really looks like!), so the story takes place before that moment, when Aztecs lived Moctezuma’s last years reign (I think Gigson tries to show him shortly during the human sacrifices scenes, like a man wearing a very elaborated clothes and a big quetzal plume, sit just behind the Sume Priest who performed the sacrifices in the sacred stone).Second, a lot of people giving their comments here believe is the MAYAN civilization that where warriors conquer, take prisoner and perform the sacrifices and that’s not true, it’s the Aztec civilization. In almost every mesoamerican culture splendor years, territorial extension (conquering), cultural level and social organization reached a very amazing point, and the constant military enterprises were the key for controlling (and exploit, of course) other culture towns. Aztecs were probably the most brilliant at this point, the roman empire in mesoamerica. They exploited commerce, agriculture, the had universities and used a lot of tech and industry advances, but savage and brutal activities was an always present characteristic with this people, too. People submission throughout the force was very common. Mayan civilization had a very similar moment, but not in 1519 (Mayan civilization had their best moment more than 100 years before, but they just suddenly disappeared). In that year, the last Mayan survivors lived probably dispersed in small towns in the Tropical Woods and Jungles in Mexico’s southeast. Jaguar Paw and his village belong to this civilization.Third, in spite of these facts, I understand Mr. Mel Gibson was not interested in clearing facts because movie is not intended to be a History class, but it was a GREAT way for telling a story (filled out of mysticism and magic, of course) in a very unknown environment. This means, he just avoid the history facts in order to tell his argument. I really admire his determination for filming his movie in the Maya and Nahuatl languages, and for showing these cultures moment at natural, it’s a honor for my country. All my respects and my admiration. The BEST movie I’ve seen in YEARS.Best regards

  • katrina-orozco
    katrina orozco

    I’ve been a professional archaeologist for 21 yrs. And despite having only worked on a few projects involving the Maya, I am well aware of the vast cinematic license used in Apocalypto – as well as the many aspects of Mayan life that the film’s creators got right. My purpose however, is not to discuss ANY of this. Rather, I want to appreciate the film for exactly what it is – an entertaining and heroic story set in ancient Mesoamerica with the usual Mel Gibson attention to atmospheric use of details. The actors speak Mayan, but this is not The Passion of Kukulcan. The script nicely shows the range of customs and culture that actually thrived in Post-Classic Mayan times, and for once, depicts Native Americans as people with senses of humor! The costuming and sets are amazing and the warfare is honestly and brutally depicted.Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) is the son of a chief in a small Mayan lowlands forest village during Post-Classic collapse. These Maya may well be ancestors of the contemporary Lacandon. Refugees have been seen in the forest and foreshadow a coming disaster. That shadow is a merciless battalion of mercenaries working for the patron god of a nearby urban center. They are seeking slaves and sacrificial victims. What can Jaguar Paw do to protect his young child, his pregnant wife, and his beloved village? Unlike some of Gibson’s recent films, Apocalypto is a fairly straightforward adventure story with a lot of brutal action. It also hints at subtle but intelligent critique of religious fanaticism, elitism and classism, and displays a great respect (though not exaggerated, worshipful or patronizing) for the living culture it loosely portrays.Acting: A Directing: A Cinematography: A+ Sets: A Costumes: A+ Story: BScript: B Historical Accuracy: C- (but who cares?)Worth seeing for adventure fans, and fans of ancient warfare films. But turn to Archaeology Magazine or Latin American Antiquity if you’re too concerned with facts to enjoy prehistoric fiction.

  • mark-potts
    mark potts

    Mel Gibson has been called an Anglophobic (“Braveheart”), anti-Semite (“The Passion”) and racist (after this one), besides “a disgrace to the United States” (where he was born). He’s the son of a so-called Holocaust denier and a devout Catholic who has allegedly expressed views that his film-making is partly directed by God. According to Wikipedia, he is also a known prankster who likes to gift-wrap a dead rat.All of the above serve to illuminate why his movies are so controversial – and watchable. It takes a rebel to make those films. And a good director with a self-serving, uncompromising moral view to counter the politically-correct, but nevertheless slanted whitewash – by omission – we usually see. I didn’t like “Braveheart” (for artistic reasons), but I’d want him to make a film about the Spanish Inquisition or a remake of “1492” (to be prepared, read “Lies my Teacher told me” by James W. Loewen).”Apocalypto” is another mythical-historic epic about basic good and evil where the innocent get drenched in blood. All of Gibson’s films have been criticized for historical inaccuracies, always with political overtones. But yes, the English did rule Ireland and Scotland with an iron fist for hundreds of years, both Jews and Romans wanted Jesus gone (or so I was taught in school), and human sacrifice was indeed practiced widely in South- and Mesoamerica by Incas (Mexica) and Aztecs, as numerous archaeological findings show … I wouldn’t pin it especially on the Maya.The spoken Mayan language (Yucatec), the actors and the incredible detail is what gives “Apocalypto” its air of authenticity and positively distinguishes it from “Hollywood” cinema in the bad sense, where foreigners still speak in broken English rather than in subtitles. The story is less complex than it sounds: Jaguar Paw, a forest hunter and his entire tribe are enslaved by a band of fearsome warriors. The women are sold as slaves while the men are destined to be sacrificed to the god Kukulkan in order to make the land fertile again and defeat the terrible plague that ravages these people – or if you prefer, because they’ve developed the habit. On their way they meet an infected child that prophesies the following: the sun will disappear, all warriors will be killed by ‘a man who runs with the jaguar’, and ultimately their whole civilization will fall… well, I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t read a history book lately.The violence and gore are not simply “sensationalistic”, but essential to the story. Those people believed in blood as the essence of fertility. I recommend the BBC’s “Ancient Apocalypse” or “Blood and flowers: In search of the Aztecs” as entertaining background info; drought was a problem in food-cultivation and may even have led to the Maya Collapse, hundreds of years before the Spaniards arrived. The blood-letting of the band leader and the reckless way the fictional Maya behave towards their own lives is also concurrent with the alleged Maya belief that life was just a dream. They were renowned as great lovers of poetry – or so we’re told.Revulsion towards their savage sacrificial practices today is exactly what the ancient Europeans must have felt. It gave them a good reason (and native support) to mount the moral high horse and exterminate or enslave most natives within 50 years, another rich field of sorrow that has never been explored by a major movie (“1492” is hero worship and a whitewash of Columbus). I’m rather glad that Gibson precluded all comparison by omitting the Conquista – this is a native story with native characters and themes.A definite must-see and talk-about!

  • biruta-strazdins
    biruta strazdins

    Apocalypto is certainly Gibsons finest work. The end product is a masterwork displaying his true prowess in film making. The visuals are beautiful equaled only by the clever camera display in producing a truly entrenching experience. One can’t help but feel supremely involved with this movie, as the viewer is lead through a vivid culture and world of which I personally believe (although perhaps not historically accurate) produced an accurate image of life and its intricacies. This film is relentless, and the violence is not easily avoided by the camera, only adding to the grasping nature of this film, as the viewer is forced, as the Mayans are, to watch the massacre and demise of there brethren, ones own visceral responses in key with those of the suffering (albeit to a much lesser degree, something conjured only within the viewers mind). The only thing that bothered me viewing this film were the immature audience members to my flank, giggling gaily at the sight of an almost bare bottom, or a partially exposed bosom. I feel the gore in this movie was appropriate given the circumstances. I mean, what would one expect from a human sacrifice? Or two people at battle? This film simply more accurately depicts the events that take place during such trying times, and it is this unrelenting quality that I believe the majority of viewers who do not like this movie are maladaptive to. Certainly worth dishing out the seven dollars to see this one, both for psychological viewers, as well as action chasers. 10/10

  • patrick-croad
    patrick croad

    The movie was well filmed, on a great location, with fantastic backdrops, and is Mel Gibson accurate on all accounts? No, but directors and cinematographers must make changes and put in their montages what they see as a visual story.A small tribe being abducted to be sacrificed did indeed happen in the time of the film 1517 & 1518 the Post Classical Maya period. Even though it was the Aztecs who were the strongest in the time portrayed by the film, “they ‘the Mayas’ were close allies of the Aztecs, they shared ideas and religion; and there were trade routes throughout Mesoamerica.’ (Adams,1998)Were there all kinds of sacrifices going on? Yes, the Mesoamericans were going through all kinds of bad prophecies, such as the hundred year drought and there had been very little rain for the crops. People were starving, the moon ate the sun, and wild animals were attacking the villagers more and more. Since the Europeans had already landed in the Antilles and had already ventured into the Yucatan coast; there was an epidemic of measles and chicken pox that were heavily affecting the American Indigenous, who had no resistance for such diseases (the little girl in the movie). These were all signs that the gods were displeased.For the Aztecs, Mayas and Incas blood was life. It was the flow of life, the liquid that provided life for them, and for the gods as well; and if the gods did not get enough blood the gods were unhappy. So the Aztecs and Mayas were sacrificing at an alarming rate trying to please the gods. This was unfortunate for the villages and tribes in and around the Aztec and Mayan major cities. Since the sacrifices had depleted the population in the larger cities (they could only sacrifice so many of their city people without creating chaos within the city) and most of the citizens and families had already donated a child or an adult male or female to the gods. Worriers were ordered to go outside the larger cities and abduct by force several individuals (young, old, women, and children) from the surrounding villages and tribes. The Spaniards were very much astonished when they witnessed their first human sacrifice, talk about cultural clash.Most of the surrounding villagers did not want to partake in the sacrifices and several of the small villages had already donated a number of their kinfolks to the city leaders for sacrifices. Hence the bloody mess at the temples throughout Mexico in those times was horrendous, “approximately 40,000 individuals had been sacrificed in one year in Teotihuacan alone” (Adams, 1998). Imagine about 100 sacrifices per day.This is why Cortés had no problem recruiting 50,000 to 100,000 Indigenous fighters to help his 400 Spaniard eventually defeat the Aztecs.The thrill of seeing a young father and proud tribesmen going to save his wife and children is what movies are made of. The setting in the jungle, the animals, the danger, the trill of victory are all in this film, and even better because of the Mayan background.See it, let the true or untrue facts rest (were the Mayans savages or not?), and the movie is no more gory or graphic than the video games our children here in the USA play.

  • katelyn-flores
    katelyn flores

    Mel Gibson obviously has some major demons but maybe that is what makes him such a masterful storyteller.Apocalypto is his latest and IMO his greatest film, this film plays out like the bastard freak brother of the Fugitive, it is wildly entertaining and violently sick, it also is an allegory of todays society.The images in this film are breathtaking, shot with the genesis digital cameras this is the best looking digital film out to date, the cinematography is superb, the costumes,make up and art direction are top notch.The acting is a real surprise since Gibson casted actors with no experience at all, yet they are convincing.What Mel Gibson has directed here is like an ultra violent yet very entertaining action/adventure chase film, the best one in years, this is a must see, and for people worrying about subtitles, do not worry, they are simple and brisk.I give this film my highest mark, its one of the best films of 2006.

  • devon-kelley
    devon kelley

    I liked the movie and before writing a review I read only negative comments on IMDb to see why people hated the film.Most of them claim that the movie is historically incorrect,based on false facts.Here are two arguments of the haters of the movie:1.The Mayans didn’t make human sacrifices and didn’t rip off the hearts of the victims.That is something the Aztecs did.2.The Spaniards arrived 500 years later.OK, I didn’t know if that was true so I decided to take 20-30 min. of my time and do some research on the internet.And guess what!!It turns out that Mel Gibson did his homework right and those who write the hate it reviews didn’t!The Mayans DID make human sacrifices, they DID rip off the hearts of their victims, they were no better than the Aztecs. They began with human sacrificing about 300 A.D.This is a fact known since 1973(the year scientists managed to encrypt the Mayan hieroglyphs).Besides:who sais that the bad guys in the film are too Mayans?!!They may be Aztecs or Toltecs!The Aztecs were at that time at the peak of their civilization, their territories went deep into the south.”The Spaniards arrived 500 years later” You really don’t know when the movie takes place until the end when the conquistadors show up.Then we see, aha: the year is 1511 + something.Is this possible?Why not?The end of the great Mayan civilization was about 900 A.D. After that we have the post classic period until 1511 (the year of the arrival of Cortes).Gibson doesn’t claim that the occurrence’s in the film take place in the early Mayan history.To all the haters of the film who have a problem with not presenting the great achievements of that culture(mathematics, astrology an so on):That was BEFORE the happenings in the movie!And besides, that was not the story of the movie.Not showing the greatness of the culture doesn’t mean that Gibson denies it! “The Mayans were presented as savages” – that is because they were(check out their rituals), or what is your definition of a savage?There is another moment in the film:the bad guy threatens Jaguar Paw he would skin him alive and then wear his skin.I first thought, well that was original of Gibson, but then I found out on the internet that skinning your enemies and wearing their skin was an ACTUAL RITUAL of the Mayans.Yes they were savages, and I don’t care how many Mexicans(who think they are the legacy of the Mayans, which they are not) feel offended by this movie.Another point is the gore in the film.After reading some reviews I noticed that people who liked “The passion of the Christ” have a problem with the gore in this movie…Excuse me!?!!So you don’t have problems watching the Romans beat the crap out of Jesus but mind some Mayan heads being cut off!My recommendation to all who want to write a negative review: make some research before doing so!That is the only way to find out how much truth there is in this film!I, for example found also out that they were using exact the same type of weapons at that time, like knifes made of obsidian. I would also recommend to see this film along with another great film:The Mission(1986).If you liked “Apocalypto” and want to see a true story about what happened next, you should see “The Mission”.If you saw “Apocalypto” and hated it, “The Mission” will make you fell better. Yes, I agree that Mr. Gibson is a Christian fanatic, but unlike many others I wouldn’t interpret the ending as pro-Christian.Why?Because there was a priest on a boat?The film is not perfect though.Mr. Gibson, if you want to make a realistic movie, you have to stick to this idea the whole way:No human is faster than a puma!There were hundreds of beheaded bodies in that pit, that was too much to be believed!The little girl having the plague(!!!where did that come from?) and making prophecies was also unbelievable.But this is still a movie! And in my opinion it deserves 7 stars for being good but not special.

  • adolf-eberhardt
    adolf eberhardt

    Apocalypto is still one of the most underrated movies to this day, IMHO. If any other director had done it, it would have instantly been declared a masterpiece. But, because it was Mel Gibson, it hardly got any recognition at all, let alone the accolades it deserved. This movie is The No.1

  • irine-bigvava
    irine bigvava

    Absolutely thrilling movie with non-stop action. But what thrilled me most was not the action. It was the blunt portrayal of a violent culture, and an acknowledgement that slavery, violence, and war were part of many cultures years ago. I’m sure the Hollywood critics hated this movie since Gibson made it and they fail to see fault in any culture other than mainstream white America. People who think it’s too violent are sticking their head in the sand as far as what it was like to live in many time periods throughout history. This really is a historically significant movie that unfortunately will probably not get the credit it deserves.

  • kimberly-humphrey
    kimberly humphrey

    The effort and attention to detail in the production is evident when you watch the film. Just the authenticity of the film’s location, costumes, weaponry and actors is worth the ticket price. Then you watch the rest of the film, and it simply blows you away. Mel Gibson created a masterpiece. The only flaws are the critics who helped in denying him and the film – the accolades that they rightly deserved.

  • william-warren
    william warren

    I’ll keep this review short. I’m dense as to what “message” Apocalypto may have been trying to send. I’m not convinced it’s a message movie at all. The film’s value lies in its limitless ability to pump adrenaline. The movie belongs in the action section when it goes to video. And in that genre, hardly another movie will be able to hold a candle to it.Apocalypto delivers a rush that does not let up. Once the real action starts, brilliant images unlike any showcased in cinema flash across the screen with dizzying speed. Repeatedly and without letting up, the movie features scene after scene that hits the perfect note, which is always a high-pitched one filled with tension. Apocalypto is the perfect action film, punctuating its frenzy of activity with beautiful and surprising images.

  • aleksander-lindner-hanel
    aleksander lindner hanel

    Say what you want about Mel Gibson, but he knows how to make an authentically real statement about the human condition. The movie is about civilization and how smaller is better. There are some rain-forest dwelling American natives, somewhere in America where there are jaguars and monkeys. Then there are some “civilized” natives, with a huge society of nobles, serfs, slaves and sacrificial victims who get their hearts torn out and heads chopped off on top of a pyramid, for the appeasement of their gods and for the sake of controlling and entertaining the “citizens.” Our noble small villagers of the forest are ultimately hunted down and enslaved by the more organized, and totally vicious, pyramid builders. This is a story of how one of these villagers deals with the horrific trials that his captors heap upon him. The whole movie is in an ancient native language, subtitled in English, and it lends an air of excruciating authenticity to the happenings. One gets the feeling of being a time traveler, as this 500-year-old world seems so real, with every detail of weaponry, cookware, clothing, jewelry, labor practices, buildings, village characters, and sacrificial ceremonies so obviously researched that it made me feel uncomfortably like I was involved in it all. We are constantly getting the crowd’s point of view of all the empire’s activities and abuse of its captives and underlings. There is a lot to look at here, from God’s beautiful nature to man’s nightmarish creations, so it deserves to be seen on a big screen.

  • riekstins-berta
    riekstins berta

    Though I had no interest in the subject, I took a risk and just came back from seeing Mel Gibson’s new flick and it is an exciting adventure which engages from the start with touches of humor that allow us to relate to the characters rather than hold them at a distance.The accusation that it portrays the people unfairly has no merit. Both sides of human nature doubtless existed in each culture from the start. Look at The Fast Runner – a movie about a much smaller aboriginal community in which we see no matter how small your clan is someone will be a criminal and all soap opera elements will be represented.Rudy Youngblood especially stands out here as the hero. Reading the subtitles will add comic relief to your screening, but the story itself plays visually. Again more is made of the violence than there should be. There is violence but it moves the story along and generates suspense.I would give it a ten except that I understand IMDb sometimes discounts the tens and ones. Even if you had political reasons you did not like The Passion – or Braveheart for that matter – if you like a good motion picture Apocalypto is a good bet.

  • edward-chandler
    edward chandler

    Apocalypto is probably one of the ten best movies of the year, a compelling action movie with not only adrenaline, but also brains and heart. Its portrayal of the Mayan culture — including its strange dress, hair styles, costumes, tattoos, body piercing, and decorative scars, as well as its industry, class system, cities, warfare, weapons, myth, and religion — provide a bizarre and fascinating anthropological backdrop for what is, at its heart, a solid, thrilling, fast paced old fashioned struggle between good guys and bad guys. The movie does have a lot of violence. But the violence is woven into a story with characters we care about. It is a realistic part of the culture being described. And it is not shown in a hyper gruesome manner, as is much of movie violence today. Thus, I found it much less offensive than many reviews had led me to believe I would. Unlike in some movies, I found the subtitles in Apocalypto so easy to read that most of time I forgot I was reading them. If anything the strange language only adds to the tone of exotic strangeness that pervades this unusually good and thrilling movie.

  • gianantonio-leone
    gianantonio leone

    I missed this on first run but just caught it.Easily one of the top 100 films of all time, maybe even one of the top 10.Boy is it hard to reconcile this brilliant piece of work from writer/director Mel Gibson in 2010 with the same Mel Gibson who in 2016 came out of retirement to bring us Blood Father.But I digress.This is a treat for the eyes the ears and the soul. I do not think movies get any better than this.I did note that the cynics said this film reflects Gibson’ penchant for violence…? Give me a break! There is little known about the Mayans — thanks to the Christian friar who became their friend and then decided the world would be better off if he burned 99.9% of their books — not to mention the core paradox THAT THEY ACTUALLY HAD 1000s of BOOKS READY FOR BURNING? — but their artwork clearly shows that, whatever their mysterious origins, by the end of their empire they had devolved toward an addiction to human sacrifice.(Much like other more recent empires I could name … but again I digress).Given what he had to work with — a mysterious people with a lost history — Gibson not only created a glorious film but also a really neat revenge tale as well.Highest rating. Recommended.

  • angela-campos
    angela campos

    I have to respectfully disagree with the reviewer who was trying to minimize the violence of this movie as not more than most action films. The reviewer had asserted that the descriptions of “brutallay violent,” “sadistic barbarity,” and “unrelenting violence” were inaccurate. Well, it’s more than that……in fact, I would say that it takes barbarous violence to a whole new level…..but, what would you expect from a movie that is about human sacrifice and village plundering!!! A Disney movie about a Native American, this movie is not! The difference between this movie and say a movie like Saw is that Saw uses needless violence just to titillate audiences, this movie takes you back in time and you shows you what it was like, blood and all. I’ve always hated movies that go back to a historical event and wimps out by not showing how bloodthirsty and cruel a certain ritual was–somehow trying to sugarcoat the ugly parts of history.I admit that I didn’t like the first 45 minutes of this movie…in fact, I was thinking “oh. oh. this looks like a dud.” But, something happened when the movie moves to the incredible Mayan Civilization. The incredible majesty of the tower, the exotic looks of the people with face tattoos, brightly colored dress, and menacing piercings is a sight to behold. Whoever did the casting should get a pat on the back because the faces were very convincing. It felt like you were watching Mayan people rather than out of work actors from Central Casting Extra agency. At that point in the movie, you feel like you are transported back in time to this period and watching the real thing….. when the people are lined up to be the next human sacrifice, you can feel the fear. From there, you are taken on a pulse-pounding ride that never lets up. I kept thinking “wow” wished I had watched this in the theaters instead of on DVD. It’s incredible. Nothing was cookie-cutter. Nothing was pandering. Gibson and his DP showed some of the most creative ways to film back to back action sequences while not making it redundant like some of the Matrix sequels. Obviously, Mel Gibson has some demons and I did not appreciate his recent remarks, but I just can’t deny his work. This was a masterpiece and one that I didn’t even expect to find. I expected something good, but it totally blew me away. I really hope that more movies are made about this civilization. It’s really fascinating. I was always intrigued when reading about this period and would love to see more movies like Apocalypto.

  • ivan-aanei
    ivan aanei

    Mel Gibson’s “Apocalypto” is not a normal movie but a big make-up movie… From the moment the film starts to the moment it ends you feel you are transported into the ancient Mayan civilization, seeing full body tattoos, body art, multiple piercing and jewelry… It is a very exciting motion picture to look at, so strange to watch… It has the esthetic that began to appeal and it fills you with wonder… Our hero Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) is a cunning hunter whose father requests him not to tell of what he saw in forest today… He is warned to strike fear from his heart and not to bring it into the village…His wife, Seven (Dalia Hernandez) is pregnant, and their small son, Turtles Run (Carlos Emilio Baez), live modestly in a village surrounded by a tranquil rain forest… After a night of frivolity, the peaceful existence of this small community of hunters collapses when savage outsiders begin torching and burning everything in sight killing most and taking away dozens left… Going undetected, Jaguar Paw hides his wife and child in a deep, waterless well promising to return when the attack has passed… However when he is captured by his fearsome aggressors, he is tied to a pole and marched with his friends and fellow villagers to a forsaken land, stone-built, where the earth bleeds… A fortuitous switch provides Jaguar Paw with an unexpected opportunity to escape and get back to his family in peril… But for that he has to make his way home through a killing field and a dangerous jungle, racing against sadistic captors hot on his trail… “Apocalypto” transports the viewers to a strange and unreachable world, to a civilization in decline, to an infernal vision of a city and its inhabitants, to shocking images of human barbarism which has always existed throughout the ages

  • mhaaviir-sulbhaa
    mhaaviir sulbhaa

    The reviewers are trying to damn this movie with an untruthful and insincere mantra about its alleged excess of violence: “brutally violent,” “over-the-top violence,” “unrelenting violence,” “ultraviolent,” “The Hills Have Eyes in the jungle,” “unpleasant, pointless, gruesome, and exploitative,” “pure, amoral sensationalism,” “blood and gore … so extreme that they provoke titters of ridicule,” “savage cruelty and sadistic barbarity,” “lunatic violence,” “feverish, mad violence.” You’d think from the reviews that you were going to see two hours of babies being fed through a wood chipper. One went as far as to claim that it made the Saw movies seem like Little Women or some such nonsense.It does no such thing. The Saw films were gratuitously and sadisticly violent; they set out to make audiences squirm and blanch at their sick, nihilistic machinations.Apocalypto, on the other hand, is the typical, essentially optimistic Disney story of a happy Indian youth ripped savagely from his rainforest life by ruthless marauders, after which he has to escape and fight his way back to his land and people. That’s it.The violence arises from the fact that these particular marauders are bloodthirsty Mayan warriors harvesting neighboring tribes for their human sacrifices. Even then, much of the violence is Shakespearean and takes place just off-camera. For instance, you see women being carried off in the rape-and-pillage scene and you hear their cries but you don’t see them being raped and murdered. Battles are staged much as they were in Braveheart. And yes, there’s a beating heart lifted from a sacrificed man’s chest by a blood-streaked Mayan shaman, but moviegoers saw the same thing in Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; it got a PG rating and we read no critical hysterics about “lunatic violence.” On the whole, you’ll see as much blood and gore on the average CSI episode.It probably should have been titled Jaguar Paw’s Great Adventure. The glimpses Gibson provides of Mayan civilization are jaw-dropping. You won’t ever see a more convincing cinematic evocation of another time and place in such scope and meticulous detail. Every face seems to have a complete history as Jaguar Paw is marched through the Mayan city. A well-to-do Mayan woman does nothing more than look at the prisoners from her doorway but the story her face tells is voluminous.The last part of the movie is a rousing chase akin to The Naked Prey, and again, no more bloody and violent then the film it resembles. Let’s be plain here. What really has the critics’–especially those of the Eastern Elite variety–panties in a twist is the director, Mel Gibson. He said some things that upset them, plus (and most unforgivably) he’s an outspoken and conservative Christian, so they’re going to practice any sort of mendacity that will keep people from buying tickets to his film. Don’t buy the lies or you’ll miss an amazing movie.

  • claire-nelson
    claire nelson

    One of the roughest, toughest art films I’ve ever seen. Remarkable, sensational. Non a mean task to put aside all the gossip surrounding the man behind this miracle and look at “Apocalypto” for what it is : a startling piece of art done by one of the most startling artists of our time. But I was able to do exactly that and sit there open mouthed, totally transported to the world Mel Gibson had in store for me. I don’t want to get into any spoilers but let me tell you there are, at least, 4 moments – not merely technical but emotional – that are a first for the movies. There is violence in the film yes, but not nearly as much as in “Casino Royale” and definitely more justified. I’ll take my wife next time, she stayed home, brainwashed by the avalanche of misinformation claiming it was one of the most violent films ever made. I know my wife well enough to know she will love “Apocalypto”

  • teresa-lee
    teresa lee

    Having some Mexican-Indian blood in me, I’ve always been interested in what I could read about the Aztecs and Mayans and others. But never did I achieve as elaborate a vision in my head, try as I might, as Mel Gibson has with the beautiful Apocalypto. Is it accurate? I’ve more than just strong doubts in at least one case, but like all good fiction, it probably tells more truth, despite its inaccuracies, than a dozen scholarly tomes. The movie is engrossing and, even more difficult, plausible and quite evocative. I would have bet any amount of money that this movie was impossible to make. And though some have complained that the film’s ending involves an historical inaccuracy, I think there was more than enough reason to put it in.There’s a strong story that reminded me of other Third World folklore I’ve read, only better. In a lot of ways these people could have been North American Indians, but somehow that’s not much of a criticism. And Gibson’s recent PR problems only highlighted, for me, how it took an Australian-reared actor to make an exciting film about natives before Columbus. Clearly Hollywood is incapable of even conceiving of such a movie, much less bringing it brilliantly to life. Hollywood has an agenda and very narrow perspectives. It’s agenda has no room for illuminating the humanity of non-Westerners, and there’s too much relying on the same old set of sensibilities and intuition. I think if Hollywood is up in arms it ought to be because Gibson is making them look inept.But as to this particular subject matter, there’s no doubt in my mind that what fascinates most Anglos about the Aztecs and the Maya is the idea of human sacrifice. Gibson depicts the ritual as having an element of frenzy to it, and he may be right, but what is more convincing to me, at least, is his idea of what a village raid must have been like. His point by point reconstruction is pretty compelling, and I’m quite sure he could make some early American military raids on Indian villages so vivid and unforgettable that grown men would cry. I only hope he does, but as to this film, I would have depicted the human sacrifice with a nod toward a notion most Anglos find completely foreign, namely that these people understood that gain often entails pain, and they were willing to pay the price. Was it really so unreasonable that these people thought God might want them to create pain, and not just endure it, to gain His favor given that life entails so much struggle anyway? That willingness to endure pain clearly survives today, not the desire to create it in others, and that’s the only point I would have added to this wonderful film.

  • antupas-khrusides
    antupas khrusides

    A family drama like no other. Two hours plus that rush at the speed of light. This is cinema. I’m sorry but it is. Don’t look for inner meanings. This is the work of one of the greatest artists of our time. Yes, I’m talking about Mel Gibson. And as most of the great artists, he’s bound to be controversial, erratic and infuriating sometimes but, thank God he exists. He’s always going to surprise us for better or worse in sickness and in health. There are no intellectual under pinnings here. This is an adventure flick that takes us to places we’ve never been before. It entertains and moves and startles. Masterfully shot at a breathless pace that never, ever, lets go. And then, of course, the acting – if you can call it that. The most remarkable performances by an ensemble cast of unknowns. Gloroious faces that speak louder than words. Well, as you may have guessed. I’m overwhelmed by the experience. Thank you Mel, thank you very much.

  • kristers-krumins
    kristers krumins

    Without wishing to fall into the trap of critical hyperbole, I can honestly say that this is the most original and impressive American film that I’ve seen this decade, more so than the highly acclaimed likes of The Departed (2006) or No Country for Old Men (2007). Whatever problems you might have with Gibson, from his personal politics to his previous work, there is no denying the determination of his vision, or the sheer sense of daring and imagination in attempting to pull off a project of this size and pitch; taking elements of an already well-documented real life civilisation and abstracting it for the purposes of dramatic tension, to create a once-in-a-lifetime cinematic experience that genuinely takes us to a world that we’ve never before experienced on film.In my opinion, it is the very essence of cinema; developing a story and reducing it to the most simple and iconic of images, placing the emphasis on family and a race for survival, and all captured with a skillful combination of design, editing, music, performance, choreography, photography and character. Admittedly, you could always argue that the narrative is secondary to the atmosphere that Gibson and his crew so skilfully create, and yet, it is no less affecting or exciting as we come to know and respect these characters through the film’s rich and amusing opening sequences – filled with a great sense of character and warmth – as well as a fairly pointed visual metaphor in the killing of an animal that will come to prefigure the subsequent actions of the final film. To counter some of the criticisms levelled against Gibson by historians and scholars alike, it is worth taking into consideration the subtle way in which the director plays with the notions of myths and legends; creating a heightened atmosphere of continual stylisation that stresses the influence of a film like Apocalypse Now (1979) or Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972), with the fevered madness of the jungle giving way to an unforgettable depiction of the Maya civilisation as an infernal hell on earth.The film can also be read as a story-within-a-story construct, in which the film we see becomes an extension of the folktales being told by the tribe’s elder as the men sit quietly around the campfire in the scenes directly preceding the carnage. If we think about this particular interpretation, we can see the that the film is working on a level of fantasy, in which the more recognisable themes of the film create a parable related very much to the idea of becoming a man; illustrated by the journey that our central protagonist Jaguar Paw undertakes in order to prove himself to his wife and young family. More fascinating than even that, however, is the notion of the film as a prolonged nightmare; with the scene of the initial massacre beginning immediately after Jaguar Paw awakes from a particularly frightening dream, rife with subtle allusions and a sub-textual foreshadowing to certain themes further developed throughout the rest of the film.For me, this interpretation makes a great deal of sense, with the opening sequences laying the foundation for Jaguar Paw’s dream – as we are introduced to the ideas of family, loyalty, honour, death, fear and survival – and all represented by the image of the neighbouring villagers fleeing their homes and moving through the jungle as if escaping some foreboding evil; perhaps a foreshadowing to the plague subtext that will appear later? Regardless, the prolonged journey that our heroes take from their own village to the bustling metropolitan world of the Mayan civilisation, with their temples and sacrifices – and the staggering use of music, movement, sound and colour – all mark this out as one of the most richly fascinating and genuinely otherworldly experiences that I can currently recall in a contemporary film. Gibson’s direction is faultless here; extending on the visual landscape and hyper-real approach to time and presentation that was developed in his previous film, the flawed though no less memorable The Passion of the Christ (2004), and continuing the idea of developing and exploring an entirely believable cinematic netherworld with roots in actual, documented fact.Here, the controversial approach to accuracy and truth should be overlooked; after all, the film isn’t attempting documentary realism, as anyone who has experienced the film will know. Instead, Gibson creates an adrenaline fuelled thriller that advances on the well-worn codes and conventions of Hollywood survival dramas such as Deliverance (1974) and Southern Comfort (1980), with an added depth created by the choice of characters and the location, and again, the use of the fireside folktales as a sort of implied framing-device. However, regardless of these notions, Apocalypto (2006) is a masterpiece, purely for its visceral impact and creation of a full-formed world that overloads the senses with its vivid, fever-dream-like atmosphere and truly unforgettable design.

  • john-chapman
    john chapman

    I was lucky to see this film in a theatre in 2006. What an experience man. Went into without watching the trailer or reading any reviews. This is one of the best survival films ever made. Everything is good bah this flick. An awesome visual treat. The best adventure story with a lot of brutal action. An adrenaline filled chase movie. The last 45 minutes beats all parkour n survival films put together. Thank you Mad Gibson for a wonderful cinematic experience. Its a masterpiece. This movie held me on the edge of my seat from its beginning til the end credits. The waterfall sequence is just breathtaking. It beats the scene from Predator n US Marshals. Those cameramen really deserves credit for the chase scenes. The movie has an amazing n breathtaking visuals and landscapes.