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Mel Gibson Apocalypto review . . . Nice!

8th June 2007

Mel Gibson Apocalypto review . . . Nice!

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Hi Friends,

 

I’ve been looking for information about Mel Gibson when I found this review of the Apocalypto movie. To tell the truth, I didn’t see this movie, but this review encouraged me to watch it. I’m going to get it soon and watch it. Read the review below, it’s really nice and if you didn’t see that movie yet then just do it. I’m sure that you’ll like it because it’s directed by Mel Gibson and it was nominated the Academy Award 2006.

 


 

APOCALYPTO (2006)

TITLE

Apocalypto

 

STARRING

Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez, Morris Birdyellowhead, Jonathan Brewer, Carlos Emilio Baez, Amilcar Ramirez

 

WHAT THE BOX DOESN’T TELL YOU

Gruesome filmmaking is Gibson’s specialty and this movie does not stray from from that expertise. If you think of his roles as an actor, especially in action and drama genres, there were always many injuries sustained and no lack of violence. In his role behind the camera as writer and director, he’s created some pretty expressive moments, but these are often overshadowed by graphic scenes of humanity exacting its worst upon itself. In this Mayan epic, a young, but somewhat hesitant warrior (Youngblood) must attempt to hide his pregnant wife and their young child from an attacking tribe whose superior combat skills and religiously-inspired motives make for a deadly combination. There’s not a lot of historical meat to the story, so its hard to take issue with this re-telling of the events that ultimately led to the downfall of the Mayan civilization, but what we do know is that they began to build and sacrifice well beyond their means – so Apocalypto does capture those elements.

 

WHY I WOULD RENT IT AGAIN

I find it very difficult to watch films like this for two reasons: 1.) I was expecting more to the story and kept hoping there would be fewer scenes displaying how much Gibson has learned about making pain and torture look real, AND 2.) sometimes the violence is it just too distressing and has ceased to advance the story or plot. I did like the focus on a marginalized culture with regards to cinematic storytelling. The film isn’t in English, which is also a credit to the project and helps to preserve some authenticity. I believe the editing was well done, but again there’s a lot of graphic violence throughout the film, which can be distracting, because it isn’t Riggs getting beat up by the bad guy he’s pursuing or ‘Mad’ Max and his cheesy Aussie kick-ass antics.

 

WILL MY GIRLFRIEND/BOYFRIEND LIKE IT?

I see this as more a guy film, but could be equally enjoyed by women.

 

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Best regards,

Tony Sticks.

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  1. 1 On June 17th, 2007, Ann said:

    The movie “Apocalypto” is expertly directed and visually stunning, but the level of violence is hard to take. Mel has explained that the violence is upsetting because we care so much about the characters, but I disagree. As a woman, I found it difficult to bond with the characters after the opening series of very male-oriented jokes and vinyettes, but I was still shocked by the relentless horror of events that comprised most of the movie. Mel is brilliant, but I hope he will find stories to direct that are more uplifting and inspiring. The world needs gifted story-tellers like Mel to offer us healing dreams, not nightmares.

    Finally, the ending of the movie was disappointing for me. I wanted and expected the protaganist to rise up and make a difference for his people rather than merely disappear again into the forest/jungle and his previous way of life (okay, visions from the unforgetable movie “Braveheart” certainly influenced my expectations). What changed as a result of the protaganist’s heroic experiences? His immediate family was saved (certainly a good thing), but nothing else changed as far as I could see, so what is the point of enduring such a gruesome plot line?

    On the other hand, if I view it as a “psychodrama” depicting some of Mel’s inner experiences on screen, then I hope he truly has escaped those inner demons and now has a much better life ahead. God bless him!

  2. 2 On July 5th, 2007, Alex said:

    I just finished watching Apocalypto, my boys had it under their bed, they swore they did not watch it…:) I loved it, especially since I had just returned from my first trip to the Yucatan in April. The old Spanish catholic colonial architecture down there is amazing.

    The ending of Apocalypto, where Jaguar Paw witnesses the arrival of Cortez (I am pretty sure it was Cortez anyway!) and the Franciscan missionaries enthralled me, as I have been beginning to study about the conversion of Mexico to Christianity.

    As a recent re-convert to the Catholic faith, I hope Mel continues to document the spiritual history of Mexico by making a sequal to this film. He could get into the whole Our Lady of Guadalupe vision incident and show how quickly this beautiful country adopted Christianity. This would fit nicely with his Traditionalist Catholic leanings….Other interesting events that would make great drama was the persecution of the Church by the Mexican government as late as the 1920’s. There are a whole bunch of Mexican martyrs that if not already canonized, probably been beatified.

    Does anyone know how to send Mel an email?

  3. 3 On July 6th, 2007, Tony Sticks said:

    Alex,

    I totally agree with you. After I watched the movie, I was like Wow! the film has many points that was trying to present to its audience. I will be writing a review about this real soon.

    About sending Mel Gibson an email. I’m sorry, I wish I know where to send it.

  4. 4 On January 7th, 2010, Michael McDougall said:

    Who is Michael R. McDougall? I’ll tell you who he is. He is the man with the idea for a sequel. The film Apocalypto to me showed Mel Gibson’s true genius. I love the way he researches his films historically. The reason for the Apocalypto sequel is because only a small portion of the population knows the history of the beginning of the Conquistadors, which ended Apocalypto with the Spaniards coming ashore. Thank you. If you read this e-mail me.

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