Apocalypto (2006)


I am Jaguar Paw, son of Flint Sky. My Father hunted this forest before me. My name is Jaguar Paw. I am a hunter. This is my forest. And my sons will hunt it with their sons after I am gone.

— Jaguar Paw

Apocalypto was a movie that flew under my radar, because I refused to see Mel Gibson’s first film — post homeless batshit crazy — The Passion of the Christ. I decided to bite the bullet and watch this film. This movie was very engaging for being spoken entirely in an ancient Mayan dialect.

Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) is a young Mayan villager trying to make his way in the tribe. His father Flint Sky (Morris Birdyellowhead) tries to make him a future fearless. When the men encounter a neighboring tribe traveling through their land, they know that the end is coming.

An rival Mayan tribe called the Holcane invade the village. They kill some of the men, pillage, rape the women and take the surviviors as slaves. The only people left behind are the children and Jaguar Paw’s pregnant wife, Seven (Dalia Hernández) and his son, Turtles Run (Carlos Emilio Báez) who are trapped in a chultun or a makeshift well.

Most of the movie centers around Jaguar Paw’s struggle to survive.

There are things I have never seen in the film before. There are the Mayan ritual sacrifices for the Sun God, Kukulkan.

There are some intense bloody scenes. It’s not for the squeamish.

Judgment: A solid effort from Mel Gibson.

Rating: ****


About Branden

Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on August 12, 2009, in 2006, Academy Award Nominee, Drama, Foreign Language and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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