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
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The movie, which purports to show the collapse of the Maya, ends with the appearance of the conquistadors. The collapse of the Mayan civilization (through famine, deforestation, drought, and the collapse of center city Teotihuacan) happened in the year 900, at a time when the Spanish (who would not send explorers to the New World until the late 1400s) were under an Islamic caliphate. It is totally impossible that conquistadors would appear during the Mayan collapse (unless time travel). 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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