Theatrical Release: December 8, 2006


From Academy Award winning filmmaker Mel Gibson comes ‘Apocalypto’: a heart stopping mythic action-adventure set against the turbulent end times of the once great Mayan civilization. When his idyllic existence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, a man is taken on a perilous journey to a world 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.

Dove Review

Mel Gibson does it again with a way over-the-top violent film. He must have a propensity for violence. If you look at many of his films like “Braveheart”, “The Patriot”, “The Passion of the Christ”, and his “Lethal Weapon” films, they are all graphically violent. I feel he would be a much better director if he could get his point across without using the graphic violence. Several people in the theater walked out. I am assuming it was because of the violence.

The storyline is an interesting one that shows the downfall of a civilization because they were torn apart, proving that indeed a house divided against itself cannot stand. I was pleasantly surprised that the subtitles didn’t detract at all from the film. They actually added believability. The all-Mayan cast also contributed to the realism.

This is not a family film. It is one of the most violent films I have seen in a long time. More so than “Saw” or “Saw 2” which is saying a lot since I felt those were extremely violent.

Content Description

Sex: Dialog about how a man can't have children, and if his equipment is working properly. Implied sexual encounter between man and wife; implied oral sex. Implied rapes.
Language: F-1; D*mn you-1; B-1; H-1
Violence: Way too much to mention. Violence was equivalent to "The Patriot" times 2; "Braveheart" times 2. Beheadings, stabbings, throats cut, men cutting out other men's hearts and on and on
Drugs: None
Nudity: Bare breasted Mayan women; men only wear a cloth with buttocks exposed.
Other: Human sacrifice, slavery, man's brutal behavior towards fellow man.


Company: Buena Vista Home Video
Writer: Mel Gibson and Farhad Safinia
Director: Mel Gibson
Producer: Bruce Davey
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 138 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Dave Lukens