Apocalypto

It is the most violent, savage, cruel yet fascinating and passionate movie which will surely affect you in more than one way. It is a film that stays with you forever all attributed to it’s story telling that is just absolute perfection. There’s a savage magnificence to Apocalypto, with a kind of relentless excitement that only a few filmmakers can deliver.

Filming in the state of Veracruz and on the Yucatan Peninsula, Gibson and his production team transport viewers six centuries back in time to create an amazing ‘you are there’ effect. From the minute the movie starts till it ends you feel you are transported there. This movie is a visual communication between you and the Mayans. It almost creates an effect as though these Mayans actually existed and thrived today and they just made a movie out of them.

Apocalypto has all unknown, no-named actors. The movie itself is not over filled with dialogs or an other intrusions. It is to the point of being transparent, letting the actors and the scenery tell the story. The use of the Mayan language, with subtitles adds authenticity.

Here’s the gist : During the Mayan civilization, a peaceful tribe is brutally attacked by warriors seeking slaves and human beings for sacrifice for their gods. Jaguar Paw( the lead charector played brilliantly by Rudy Youngblood) hides his pregnant wife and his son in a deep hole nearby their tribe and is captured while fighting with his people. He then realized he is going to be sacrificed to Kulkakan, the Mayan serpent god, their hearts cut out of their bodies, their heads chopped off. An eclipse spares his life from the sacrifice and later how Jaguar Paw escapes from this fate, and his breakneck journey back to the ruins of his village is one of the most exciting sequences ever put to film.

I have no words to describe the grandiosity and magnitude of this film. For all the flak Mel Gibson has been getting in the last year, he is one genial filmmaker and he proves that over and over again. Be sure to watch the extras and bonus features in the DVD you rent. It is astounding what level of sophistication this movie deals at.

Apocalypto, like Mel Gibson’s previous films is very violent throughout. It isn’t merely fascinating, it is nothing less than one of the very best movies I’ve seen so far, and it contains some of the best foot chases in cinematic history. The whole movie will keep you hooked for the entire two hours. Ever scene will churn and twist your gut and your brain.

This movie about a civilization that is so ancient so ironically has so much relevance to times today where we desperately seek balance between violence and peace, war and life. This civilization that is said to be the most sophisticated, as depicted in this movie teaches us resilience, pride, patriotism, courage and just sheer will power. Read more about the fascinating Mayans.

Needless to say this movie gets a 10 out of 10.

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