Apocalypto

Apocalypto

DVD - 2007 | Mayan languages
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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 is a young man who is captured for sacrifice, but flees to avoid his fate. He is taken on a perilous journey to a world that is ruled by fear and oppression, where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life.

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Shuken_1989
Aug 25, 2020

"Apocalypto" is a unique movie, that's one of the first things I will say about. If I were to name among my top 100 movies of all time it would definitely be among them. "Apocalypto" is a period piece, set just before the arrival of Christopher Columbus (on his Forth Voyage, 1502) in the Yucatan. The film is directed by Mel Gibson, and it shows, an attention to detail, capturing the zeitgeist of a people on the verge of collapse. Gibson also made the decision to film the movie using entirely indigenous actors speaking to one another in Mayan only. Gibson includes landmarks in the film such as the Mayan capitol of Potonchan, in all its splendid pyramids, with careful attention to details given by pre-conquest missionaries to the area. For example the capitol is filled with people, but it ultimately looks out of place, a blight upon the land the forest being cut back for miles and the soil overtaxed by the maize crop needed to feed so many people. Gibson also includes little Easter eggs of the changing world and the plagues that would reduce Potonchan from a bustling metropolis to a ghost city in the heart of the Yucatan Jungle, a little girl covered in small pox sores. It is little details like that that make "Apocalypto" such a gem. The film documents the journey of Jaguar Paw, a young Mayan man who is suddenly plucked from his home by his powerful Mayan neighbors who are ravaging the lands around them to build up their empire and preserve it from toppling. Jaguar Paw taken from the heart of the jungle into this hell scape is the perfect witness. I would highly recommend this movie to film buffs, historians, and anyone who enjoys a well crafted original narrative that has an eye for history. I will, however, warn that the movie is intensely gory as it portrays a people who lived mostly as hunter gathers encountering a people who lived off slavery, warfare, terror, and human sacrifice. I will also say that the gore does not take away from the narrative but enhances it greatly, it brings the viewer off their sofa and into the high stakes world occupied by Jaguar Paw and his people.

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stutew
Jul 15, 2020

It's too bad this came out right after Mel's epic meltdown... it deserved to have at least been nominated for Best Film, Director and a few acting awards. Amazing movie!

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MovieConisuer
Oct 06, 2018

There's a huge demand for this. Order more copies please.

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akirakato
Jun 18, 2017

Directed and produced by Mel Gibson, this is a 2006 American epic adventure-survival drama.
Although all dialogue is in a modern approximation of the ancient Mayan language, all the scenes appear to the eyes of the modern men like genuine actions and scenery.
Set in pre-Columbian Yucatan and Guatemala around the year 1511, the film depicts the journey of a Mesoamerican tribesman who must escape human sacrifice and rescue his family after the capture and destruction of his village at a time when the Mayan civilization is about to come to an end.
It is a profoundly fascinating and edge-at-your-seat epic you would love to see it twice if not thrice.

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fitzsimmons666
Nov 12, 2016

Amazing film !!!! 420

thefriendlygiant24 Jul 04, 2015

Love this movie... One of my all time favourites & a must see!!!!

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hammer59
Dec 20, 2014

One of the best films ever made.

Period.

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RichardPaul
Feb 03, 2014

APOCALYPTO ---- (DVD - 2007)(Mayan Languages) ---- Excellent Story and Acting ---- A Must see for those over 18 Yrs. ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul (Finished twice 2014)

vampiiristah Dec 07, 2013

This is an amazing movie by Mel Gibson, I watched it one and would like to watch it again. ^^ Great image, great cultural interpretation.

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dannor
Aug 19, 2013

One of my all time favorites. A very underappreciated movie. Just completely gripping and fascinating.

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Monolith
Mar 09, 2013

Old Story Teller: "And a Man sat alone, drenched deep in sadness. And all the animals drew near to him and said, "We do not like to see you so sad. Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it." The Man said, "I want to have good sight." The vulture replied, "You shall have mine." The Man said, "I want to be strong." The jaguar said, "You shall be strong like me." Then the Man said, "I long to know the secrets of the earth." The serpent replied, "I will show them to you." And so it went with all the animals. And when the Man had all the gifts that they could give, he left." (cont'd)

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Monolith
Mar 09, 2013

Old Story Teller (cont'd): "...Then the owl said to the other animals, "Now the Man knows much, he'll be able to do many things. Suddenly I am afraid." The deer said, "The Man has all that he needs. Now his sadness will stop." But the owl replied, "No. I saw a hole in the Man, deep like a hunger he will never fill. It is what makes him sad and what makes him want. He will go on taking and taking, until one day the World will say, 'I am no more and I have nothing left to give.' "

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hur74Vety
Jun 25, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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