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Apocalypto

Apocalypto Mel Gibson follows up "The Passion of the Christ," his entrée into directing schlock B-move horror films with high production values, with an even more gory study into bodily torture and death. Sold as a mythic action/adventure about the fall of the Mayan empire, Gibson presents a blood simple tale of fear and savageness set amid a village of Mayans that are attacked by a rival group. Most of the community are massacred except for a group of adult males that are taken through the jungle to a Mayan city where their hearts are cut out and displayed before they are publicly decapitated as a sacrifice to the gods. Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) hides his wife and baby at the bottom of a well near his village, and spends the movie attempting to return there to try and save them.

Rated R. 125 mins. (C) (Two Stars)


Posted by Cole Smithey on December 5, 2006 in Action/Adventure | Permalink
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