Rent Apocalypto (2006)

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2h 12min
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Synopsis:
From Mel Gibson comes the thrilling historical epic Apocalypto. This intense, nonstop action-adventure transports you to an ancient Central American civilization, for an experience unlike anything you've ever known. In the twilight of the mysterious Mayan culture, young Jaguar Paw is captured and taken to the great Mayan City, where he faces a harrowing end. Driven by the power of his love for his wife and son, he makes an adrenaline-soaked, heart-racing escape to rescue them and ultimately save his way of life. Filled with unrelenting action and stunning cinematography, Apcalypto is an enthralling and unforgettable film experience.
Actors:
, , Dalia Hernández, , , , Carlos Emilio Báez, , Israel Contreras, Israel Ríos, , Espiridion Acosta Cache, , Iazua Larios, Lorena Heranandez, Itandehui Gutierrez, Sayuri Gutierrez, Hiram Soto, ,
Directors:
Writers:
Mel Gibson, Farhad Safinia
Others:
Fernando Cámara, Aldo Signoretti, Greg P. Russell, Kevin O?Connell, Vittorio Sodano, Sean McCormack, Kami Asgar
Studio:
Icon
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
22/05/2007
Run Time:
132 minutes
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, Estonian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Becoming Mayan: Creating Apocalypto"
  • Deleted Scene With Optional Commentary
  • Feature Audio Commentary
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/06/2007
Run Time:
132 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, French, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Backstage: - Feature Commentary by writer/director/producer Mel Gibson and writer Farhat Safinia - 'Becoming Mayan: Making Apocalypto'
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Movie Showcase

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Reviews (7) of Apocalypto

Visually stunning - Apocalypto review by CP Customer

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11/04/2007

This is a film which is stunning to look at, with its Amazon jungle setting and accurate recreation of Aztec villages and cities. My interest in this period of history was satisfied and I found the whole exploration of Aztec culture fascinating. It is basically a tale of exploitation and enslavement of small communities by the emperor and his wealthy city followers. There is a lot of violence, which can be quite gut churning, but there is also some humour provided by the relationships between the hunters in the small communities. The sacrifice scenes are pretty horrific, as is the destruction of the village communities by Aztec warriors. I think it could have been edited more carefully to avoid the excessive number of scenes involving people running through jungles. However, it is ultimately an interesting historical and cultural drama, with an underlying theme of bravery and loyalty.

4 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Excellent! Unique! Five stars! - Apocalypto review by PV

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02/01/2008

I usually hate mel gibson's work - 'braveheart' is one of the worst, not to mention inaccurate, films of the last 20 years - but this film is sublime! It does, it is true, have some hammy plot twists, but the fact that it is in Mayan and is about that culture make it an excellent antidote to hollywood movies (let's appeal to 14yr old american idiots eh?). Only those who can read and understand complex historical ideas can understand this film - which is probably why some chavvy 'middle-class' morons don't like it. Fine. Go to ikea and bingo and watch jane austen adaptations on the bbc. Leave the real talent to us boys. I LOVED this movie - it is unique.

2 out of 8 members found this review helpful.

Absolutely brilliant - Apocalypto review by CP Customer

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12/01/2009

One of my favourite films - watched it 3 times now - has me glued to the screen everytime. Has subtitles but mainly only at the beginning. I really feel for the characters when I watch this film.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Apocalypto review by Adrijan Arsovski - Cinema Paradiso

Apocalypto is a true marvel in filmmaking not because it’s good, ground-breaking, stellar, magnificent, or anything of the sorts; but rather because it’s a very unique experience and perhaps a one of its kind. Granted, there is no other live feature to compare it to, and this is precisely what makes Apocalypto a true wonder in filmmaking that will remain remembered long after director Mel Gibson will, figuratively speaking, pass the baton (to a younger generation of directors). Yes, believe it or not, Mel Gibson has actually directed this film.

Stripped down to its core, Apocalypto is an archetypal tale of the provisional hero who must embark on a quest after which he becomes reborn and saves the cosmos (i.e. brings order to a rather chaotic world). Strangely enough, Apocalypto is playing with this trope here and there, and postulates “the jungle” as the cosmos, and the “Mayan metropolis as the chaos that lies beyond. Hence, the hero must return to the jungle (the known world) to bring balance to the cosmos, i.e. order. Yes this sounds boring on paper, but it’s actually pulled off in a quite clever manner and kudos to everyone involved for doing just that.

In it, Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) is put to the ultimate test after his village is raided and most of his friends and their wives are captured by another, “urban” tribe. Right from the get-go, we see how Jaguar Paw is determined to persevere until the very end of where this journey takes him: whether that’s the ultimate salvation or an ultimate doom. However, despite being caught like a fish in a net, Paw is a very proactive hero and is on the constant “prowl” for ideas on how to delude his captors and break a free man. Will his efforts lead to fruition?

Apocalypto is also a film about the constant struggle of humanity against the elements and against itself. This is mostly iterated through the ultimate dichotomy between the proverbial rain and the primordial sun (yes I’m stretching definitions here, but bear with me for a second); the sun becomes the ultimate savior of the hero, while the rain (water, mud, quicksand) is the ultimate nemesis against which Jaguar Paw and his closest ones constantly struggle.

The other enemy is other humans: different, yet ultimately the same. They’re afraid of the same potential perils as our hero is, but they choose to subdue them to their will and enact this power upon the masses to subdue them. Not so much different after all, since at the sole beginning Jaguar Paw and his friends were also enacting this “wrath” upon a wild boar during their hunt. The top predator is always the one who has the last laugh.

Ultimately, Apocaypto is a great feature and probably one that will be remembered for a long time to come.

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