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.