My favourite thing about this movie is also my favourite thing about The Passion of The Christ - how the characters don't speak english, but their actual language, yucateco for Apocalypto, aramaic for The Passion. It's a stimulating movie, entertaining even.. It gets a little bit Home Alone-ish, only with death traps and set in the jungle.
All films should be true to the language spoken in their given setting geographically and historically. I'm not sure how accurate the rendition of ancient Mayan languages is in this film but you have to admire he director for trying.
Very risky film to make. Gotta respect that from such a big-shot Hollywood icon. Very impressed, visually beautiful and very exciting.
Visceral cinema of the highest calibre. The distilled essence of the chase movie, sprinkled with a light but pervading sense of decay and impending doom. There are volumes spoken in the blank, deadened gaze of the king who sits and watches the wanton sacrifices without a flicker of emotion. He doesn't react even to the eclipse. A genre masterpiece.
since everyone seems to be speaking in tongues on here to praise this, i figured i'd mention a couple obvious flaws.although the opening quote makes you anticipate otherwise, there isn't anything subtle or intelligent about this. Gibson cares more about violence than he does about Mayans, and there is very little Mayan about the plot, humor, and unambiguously good/evil characters that come straight from Hollywood
Si conoces bien la historia de la civilización maya y algunas otras características que la rodean, te darás cuenta de uno que otro error, para hacer una película así es muy importante estudiar una cultura de esa magnitud. La utilización de actores indígenas es impresionante, como los escenarios y vestuarios. Entretenida fuera de todo.
Much better than Passion, but only by a few points. It's entertaining, it's filled with more action and it has great jungle backdrops. The film could've benefitted without subtitles (as the actions are easy to understand). This is by no means, an educational film. It's just a less technical savvy film than say... 10,000 BC, but more fun and less camp.
The more I think about this movie the more I like it. The film makers set out to create a classic styled chase movie, and they succeeded wonderfully in my opinion. A Man literally running for his life, while his civilization decays around him. Exhilarating stuff any way you look at it.
Despite some major historical errors (the Maya culture had disappeared by the time the Spaniards arrived to the Americas), Gibson's film nevertheless is exhilarating and visually stunning; a complete anomaly in contemporary Hollywood big-budget productions since it was made in an indigenous language and stars unknown actors.