As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate.
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. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(at around 35 mins) As a teenager, Mel Gibson was once called "almost" by an older boy, a deep insult. That inspired the line in which a headhunter calls Jaguar Paw "almost." See more »
(at around 58 mins) As the captives approach the Mayan city, they come across a girl and her dead mother. Both of them show clear signs of smallpox, particularly the blisters on their face. However, smallpox is a disease brought to the New World by the Europeans and, since the film takes place before the arrival of the Spanish, it's impossible for them to have contacted the smallpox virus. See more »
"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within." W. Durant
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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.
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