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Apocalypto (2006)
USA / Maya
"When the end comes, not everyone is ready to go "
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 (Youngblood), a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate.
Rudy Youngblood Jaguar Paw
Dalia Hernández Seven
Jonathan Brewer Blunted
Morris Birdyellowhead Flint Sky
Carlos Emilio Báez Turtles Run
Amilcar Ramírez Curl Nose
Israel Contreras Smoke Frog
Israel Ríos Cocoa Leaf
María Isabel Díaz Mother in Law
Espiridion Acosta Cache Old Story Teller
Mayra Serbulo Young Woman
Iazua Larios Sky Flower
Lorena Hernández Village Girl
Itandehui Gutierrez Wife
Sayuri Gutierrez Eldest Daughter
Director: Mel Gibson
Producer: Bruce Davey,Mel Gibson
Writer: Mel Gibson,Farhad Safinia
Just saw Apocalypto last night with a free pass ticket. Surely one of the goriest and most graphic movies ever made. In the wake of "Passion," I think it's safe to opine that Mel Gibson likes to dwell on torture a bit too much, and this is my biggest reservation. Not that "first nation" communities in America all made nice with each other before the Europeans arrived. Of course not. There is clearly a cultural message going on, regarding violence, war, and man's inhumanity to man. I was hoping for at least some vague allusion to the Mayan/Aztec calendar, as the predictions of 2012 in the New Age community are revving up and fascinating -- but that's just my own bugaboo. Otherwise, the film-making of Apocalypto is masterful. The authenticity of the Mesoamerican depictions rivals, if not surpasses, Malick's "New World." The make-up and prosthetics, tattoos, scarification of the cast, as well as the overall look and texture of the movie, make for one of the most vivid and haunting movies you will ever see. Though it contains some earthy humor, this movie is definitely not for the fainthearted. It is a Class A adrenaline churner. Perhaps Gibson will redeem himself in the public eye after this work. Bound to be a blockbuster.

Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:DVD
Imdb rating: 7.9
Musician: James Horner
Running time: 139 min
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:37:2