All the ingredients for a good time are there, and the film is very easy on the eye, so what’s the problem with Apocalypto? If you want straight-up Friday night entertainment, then absolutely nothing. As clever and topical as it is obviously meant to be, it is really just another action movie with death defying stunts, lots of violence, and the odd bit of cloying sentimentality.
If, however, you are concerned with Mel Gibson’s extreme right wing leanings and his pro-fundamentalist stance, then you have to ask yourself whether you want to endorse something like this, even though superficially it seems pretty harmless.
Gibson apparently took a lot of time choosing the main cast members, so that they closely resembled the archetype their character represented, giving that American audiences may be confused due to the film’s setting, and the language barrier. I have to note then, that the most despicable and sadistic villain looks very Jewish. In any other film this could pass as pure coincidence but, in light of his outburst, and previous films, it is rather sickening.
All in all Apocalypto is not a bad film It’s entertaining with superb scenery, make up, and costumes that all contribute to the atmosphere. The use of Mayan language (yes, this film is subtitled) further helps to transport the viewer inside this ancient and alien world. The question is whether you can stomach Gibson’s politics in return for a fun adventure movie.
- Ivan Sadler
If you're looking for a well made action movie with plenty of gore, then Apocalypto is for you. It's just not the work of cinematic genius so many people expected.
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