Apocalypto Mini-Review

Let’s try and forget about Mel Gibson and his drunken stupor for this one.

Apocalypto depicts events around the last days and months of the Maya civilization. Specifically, we follow Jaguar Paw and his family. As the movie unfolds, we see his village burnt to the ground, the inhabitants violently abducted to be taken to the city and sacrificed to Kukulkan. Jaguar Paw escapes and then follows a race against time as Jaguar Paw is chased through the jungle.

Apocalypto is brutally harsh, gut-wrenchingly and crunchingly bloody. It feels realistic and one immediately sympathizes with the villagers living in harmony with nature vs. the religious extremists of the big cities built from chalk and stone.

The first half of the movie is a rough but fascinating look at the Maya culture whilst the second part is a thrilling ride towards the inevitable end. Apocalypto is very watchable (though not for the faint of heart) and a generally great movie.

10 thoughts on “Apocalypto Mini-Review”

  1. Chris says:

    way to support Mel, jerk

  2. Joen says:

    Oh yeah I love Mel, didn’t I tell you?

  3. Chris says:

    your review makes me want to experience the movie, but don’t want to give Mel any money, whatsoever.

    suggestions?

  4. Yes, I’ve heard the same brutal reviews around the net. I had a difficult time watching The Passion so I passed on this film.

  5. mark says:

    “your review makes me want to experience the movie, but don?t want to give Mel any money, whatsoever.

    suggestions?”

    um, Bittorrent ?

  6. Joen says:

    um, Bittorrent ?

    Yeah, ditto that.

    Yes, I’ve heard the same brutal reviews around the net. I had a difficult time watching The Passion so I passed on this film.

    Even though I haven’t seen the Passion, I’m convinced this is a decidedly different movie. Sure it’s bloody, sometimes nauseatingly so (why do we have to look out the eyes of a chopped off head?), but it’s still an action movie.

    I should start rating movies for their general quality, and their watchability. A movie can be really good, but not very watchable (Dancer in the Dark, for instance). Not watchable meaning it can be painful to relive it.

    Not so with Apocalypto. I’d give it a 4 of 6 in watchability.

  7. John says:

    Mel Gibson yelled obscenities at a woman who criticized how historically accurate the movie was :/

  8. John says:

    Yeah, this film is not historically accurate. It’s like any other movie that may have elements which are real, but overall, it’s fictional.

    For instance, the scene with the eclipse where every flips out… The Mayan People were/are the most advanced Astronomers on the planet, and they knew full well that an eclipse is no more fantastic than some grass in a field. But oh no it’s the end of days, ahhhhhhhhh….

    Or the scene at the end.. the events that led to the fall of Mayan Society happened long before the Missionaries came to this continent – and let’s be realistic, the things that they did here were just as gruesome as the most horrid moment in Apocalypto.

    Overall, this move is nothing but a statement by Mel on the lack of Morals and Christianity in modern society. It’s a true shame though that in expressing himself he had to exploit a People and even re-write history.

  9. Joen says:

    John (number 2),

    You make some interesting points there. And don’t take this as any defence at this movie at all, because I have no interest in defending it, but I’d like you to elaborate on your last paragraph:

    Overall, this move is nothing but a statement by Mel on the lack of Morals and Christianity in modern society.

    How do you see this? I just didn’t get that message. In fact, I got exactly the opposite message: religion leads to ridiculous bloody sacrifices in the name of a god.

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