- Director: Mel Gibson
- With: Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Max Trujillo, Rudy Youngblood, Jonathan Brewer, Dalia Hernández,
- Music by: James Horner
- Duration: 2h19
- Platform: Amazon Prime Video
- Rating: 9/10
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.
This movie proves to me that with getting older and watch the same movie again you saw before you watch differently… I saw Apocalypto in bits and pieces when it was shown on tv and I remember seeing a big part of it but I never felt it was such a great movie… until now!
So I finally watched it from start to finish and I have to say this movie is a stroke of genius!
Gibson made a great movie about a civilisation that crumbles upon itself due to the fear mongering the Mayans created upon the lower classes in their society. Fear mongering by killing and kidnapping entire villages, by installing fear for the sun and eclipse and by superstition…
Jaguar Paw is the perfect embodiment of that fear in this movie. His hunters are killed off one by one, as predicted by a little girl, while he himself has to run to survive in order to save his wife and children.
I think Gibson is a good director (proven by the movie The Passion of the Christ as well!)
I loved every bit of this Apocalypto and I think he made a wise choice using Mayan speech instead of having them speak in English, as many others probably would have done!
So yes, my opinion on this movie has much improved by watching it whole and waiting till I was a bit older!
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