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Apocalypto

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2006
  • Mel Gibson
  • 132 mins
  • 18

Summary

Period action adventure starring Rudy Youngblood. In the forest of the Yucatan in the early 16th century, a peaceful Mayan tribe is attacked by marauders. But after managing to hide his wife and young child down a well, Mayan warrior Jaguar Paw is taken prisoner and led away for sacrifice.

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Review

At first sight, writer/director Mel Gibson’s Mayan epic seems intimidating. It’s 140 minutes long, has subtitled Yucatec Maya dialogue and is set in pre-Spanish Mexico. Yet despite appearances it’s no pretentious art house film but a thrilling chase movie in which Mayan warrior Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) is pursued through the jungle by a vicious rival tribe eager to use him as a blood sacrifice. Stocking up on sadistic violence, Gibson matches The Passion of the Christ’s bloodsoaked tableaux with a catalogue of astonishingly gory beheadings and impalements, all set against the forbidding backdrop of Mayan pyramids and lush tropical undergrowth. He directs the set pieces with style, creating an exciting, exhausting action adventure that’s like a strangely compelling hybrid of Mayan mythology, Cannibal Holocaust-style video nasty and Tarzan.

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Credits

Cast

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Jaguar PawRudy Youngblood
SevenDalia Hernandez
BluntedJonathan Brewer
Flint SkyMorris Birdyellowhead
Turtles RunCarlos Emilio Baez
Curl NoseAmilcar Ramirez
Smoke FrogIsrael Contreras
Cocoa LeafIsrael Rios
Middle EyeGerardo Taracena
Zero WolfRaoul Trujillo

Crew

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DirectorMel Gibson

Details

Theatrical distributor
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Released on
2007-01-05
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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