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.
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.