From Mel Gibson, director of THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST and the Academy Award®-winning BRAVEHEART (Best Director, Best Picture, 1995) comes the thrilling historical epic APOCALYPTO. This intense, nonstop action-adventure tr... more »ansports you to an ancient South 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, APOCALYPTO is an enthralling and unforgettable film experience.'« less
Craig S. (InnerMacro) from WAUSAU, WI Reviewed on 3/14/2023...
Apocalypto is essentially a Western action-film set in the Colonial Era of Mexico. Much of the action and storyline contains the usual classic elements of movies where the hero takes revenge for wrongs done and must save his family. Placing the plot in Mayan civilization is what sets the movie apart. The costuming, use of native language, and casting is the best I've ever seen for this type of setting, and at no point does it shy away from showing the brutality of the "sacrifice-thousands-to-the-Sun-god" culture of the Mayan people. The attention to detail is amazing - I didn't find myself losing immersion because someone's teeth were unnaturally white or straight . . . all the dirt under the fingernails is there, as would be expected from a people living in a jungle. So while the action may not be believed at times, the effort to capture the grit of Central American culture at the time is very credible.
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K. K. (GAMER) Reviewed on 12/17/2021...
A must watch, Director Mel Gibson does it again with Apocalypto. The beginning is a bit slow but it builds up quickly and the subtitles do not slow you down with this plotline.
Lee K. from HERNDON, VA Reviewed on 6/30/2014...
I am ordering this because Quentin Tarantino,
whose fav movie growing up was "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly";
who said in an interview he liked The Passion and the scene where Jesus is Scourged made him laugh hysterically (specifically when, after being whipped beyond humanity on His back, was turned over like toast to be whipped on his frontside);
said this about Apocalypto:
"I think it's a masterpiece. It was perhaps the best film of that year." (Interview with Quentin Tarantino, FILMINK Magazine, August 2007.)
I'll let you know.....
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Bill M. from PEMBROKE, VA Reviewed on 1/9/2012...
this movie is solid, great attention to creation of the period as far as the environment, weapons, costumes. A very impressive movie full of action. Gibson adds a measure of blood&gore, but it doesn't detract from the movie being well worth watching.
It is subtitled, which improves the film with the native spoken language. Raoul Trujillo is solid in his role of the vengeful hunter, but all of the actors are very good. Film is full of nice visuals of the jungle and surrounding scenery.
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Edna H. (tessiss) from HUDSON, NY Reviewed on 12/6/2011...
watched it by accident an was amazed. really loved this show watch it often
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William W. (Ozfarm) from AVA, MO Reviewed on 1/27/2011...
Some, most, all reviewers seem to make the same error. Jaguar Paw, a Mayan, was captured by Aztecs, carried to an Aztec Temple. It wasn't a Mayan city. The time line is correct. The Mayans, whose civilization was in the latter stages of decline, co-existed with the aggressive Aztecs only by reverting back to forest-dwelling rather than trying to survive in the cities co-opted by the Aztecs.
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Matthew M. from WAILUKU, HI Reviewed on 5/1/2010...
An excellent movie.
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Kitty A. from HEATHRIDGE, TX Reviewed on 3/3/2010...
Great movie! Very well done. It's very violent and lots of blood, so don't have the kiddos anywhere near it!
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Amy Y. (aimster) from LOWELL, MI Reviewed on 1/5/2009...
Mel Gibson directed this movie of what it may have been like during the Mayan Civilization just before the first white man appeared on their shores. The story is very graphic, showing human sacrifices being made to the Mayan God who's thirst for blood is never ending.
A young hunter's gift of vision spares the lives of his pregnant wife and young child but he himself is captured and forced to make a journey along with the other captors of his village to be the next victims to the Mayan God.
It is an amazing story of vision, bravery and one man's harrowing effort to return to his wife and child. He must return to her but it seems impossible with the powerful Mayan Warriors closely behind him.
I found myself mesmerized by the events and vision of what it must have been like when the Mayan kingdom begins to crumble.
In spite of the very graphic scenes, I highly rate this movie!
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Kimberly B. (TheBookHunter) from SALEM, OH Reviewed on 1/5/2009...
This move was FANTASTIC! Best movie I have seen in a long time!
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Gibson's Journey Into The Mayan Jungles Makes For An Excitin
K. Harris | Las Vegas, NV | 03/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Even with all the controversy surrounding Mel Gibson last year (and doesn't it seem as if each new week brings another celebrity meltdown?), I still looked forward to seeing "Apocalypto." Why? If for no other reason--the subject matter, subtitles, and lack of star power made it a bold choice for a major studio release. Films of this nature generally go into limited distribution to develop an audience and critical word of mouth before expanding, if they ever do. But with Gibson at the helm, "Apocalypto" debuted with much fanfare and backing just in time to be considered for 2006's Academy Awards. For some reason, though, I still missed "Apocalypto" at the theaters. I have heard every description imaginable from those that have seen the film--from the "best movie ever" to "excessively violent and disturbing." And while I wouldn't go to either of those extremes, "Apocalypto" is certainly an accomplished adventure picture.
Set in ancient Mayan times, "Apocalypto" is essentially the harrowing journey of one man, a youth named Jaguar Paw (a convincing Rudy Youngblood). Living a simple and isolated existence, his tribe are very at home within the forest. One day, the unthinkable happens. They are attacked by another group with apparent intentions of enslaving whomever they don't kill. Youngblood's wife and son are stranded in an underground well, many others are murdered, and Youngblood is among a dozen or so who are rounded up and marched out in bondage. The subsequent journey leads to a fantastical temple sequence, where it becomes clear that the prisoners are not to become slaves--but sacrifices. The remainder of the film deals with how Youngblood can escape this situation. The temple scenes feature a cast of thousands, ritualistic and brutal slayings, and a mob mania that is terrifying and believable. Racing against the clock to save his wife, Youngblood must escape back through the jungle--where all he has to help him are his cunning and an almost spiritual connection to his surroundings. The action is practically nonstop, it's inventive, and it is beautifully staged. Much of "Apocalypto," therefore, is absolutely riveting and wildly entertaining.
For the purists who will debate the film's historical accuracy, I will neither deny or confirm the legitimacy of the events that transpire within "Apocalypto." While there do seem to be some liberties taken with the historical timeline (as evidenced by a surprise in the ending--which I enjoyed despite its implausibility), I really don't think that this film aspires to be a "historical document." Gibson has made an adventure story using a Mayan backdrop. The feel and look of his picture stay as valid as possible to the timeframe, however, I never interpreted this picture as a "true" story. Guess what? Fictional liberties are taken in every motion picture. Otherwise every motion picture would be a documentary--and even documentaries have an angle or slant which make them less than "true" in many cases. "Apocalypto," at heart, is an effective action picture that makes interesting use of its Mayan setting.
I guess "Apocalypto" is not for the squeamish--however, the violence depicted is by no means unusual by modern film standards. You can see much worse in today's "torture" cinema, those films that pass for horror with current audiences. I suppose what makes "Apocalypto" more vivid is that the violence is in a believable context. There are some beheadings and some hunting scenes, but the brutality is intrinsic to the story "Apocalypto" is telling. I don't believe serious minded filmgoers will be put off by seeing some savagery depicted in a film about ancient Mayan cultures--it's not as if this is a Merchant/Ivory production with tea parties and witty banter.
I do recommend "Apocalypto." Beautifully filmed, the technical merits of the film are beyond reproach. The cinematography, score, and editing all enhance this exciting tale. I imagine these elements really shone bright for those who saw this on the big screen. A great action picture that is for adults--check it out. KGHarris, 03/07. "
FINALLY SOMETHING ORIGINAL !
G.V. | Mexico City, Mexico | 02/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A welcome change of pace for us who feel Hollywood keeps making the same picture over and over again. The first part of this film is the most unconventional but also hard to endure as only bad things seem to happen to the characters but once Act II arrives and the chase begins, grab on !. I can't remmember the last time a film had my stomach in knotts like this one. Some people here in Mexico have complained about the film's historical accuracy since by the time the Spanish arrived in America, the Mayan civilization had already been taken over by other groups. In any case, Hollywood films are not the best way to learn about history. When Braveheart came out over 10 years ago I remmember a friend telling me: "who would have thought Mel Gibson was a real director", 2 films later he keeps surprising me with his directing skills. It's too bad the public has let themselves be convinced by the media that he's the most evil person to ever come out of Hollywood which is absurd. I guess they feel the more they discredit him the more they discredit "The Passion of the Christ". Great work Mel !"
A Motion Picture Masterpiece
Scrutinizing Consumer | Los Angeles, CA | 01/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Apocalypto is a story about a Mayan man's, Jaguar Paw, epic journey. His peaceful, content village is attacked by a superior tribe and his people are slaughtered and enslaved. He escapes and has to deal with great obstacles while trying to race back to save his wife and child.
When I first heard what this was about and saw the trailer I feared that Mr. Gibson was losing his touch. The movie looked plain boring.
I can't remember the last time I have been so wrong.
I work for a production company that made a film with Mr. Gibson in the past and decided to write him to share how I felt about his work. Below is a copy of the letter I sent him:
"Dear Mr. Gibson,
I am writing to tell you how beautiful and powerful I think Apocalypto is. I first saw it one month ago and have seen it four more times since. I believe it is one of the best films ever made.
The story was magnificently crafted with characters and emotions I found I could easily relate to. It triggered emotions within me as I watched. I laughed hard with the characters. And I felt their fear, pain, hatred, love and desire. The gaps (between expectation and reality) were opened wider than in any movie I've seen in a very long time. My mind throbbed with contemplation when the old story teller told his people of how man took until the Earth had nothing left to give. I grew uneasy as I realized the similarities between the Mayan narcissism and that of great civilizations since, especially our (America's) own.
The epic chase was powerful and cerebral. Jaguar Paw's exhaustion and need was palpable. It is the greatest chase ever - better than The Fugitive.
The cinematography was bold and vibrant. When combined with the powerful sound and fantastic casting, the story took hold of me from the opening scene right through to the credits.
Mr. Gibson, you have become one of my favorite directors. You now have two films on my short, all-time-favorite-movies list, which includes American Beauty, Braveheart, Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction and RKO 281. Apocalypto not only entertains, it evokes strong emotion and inspires soulful contemplation. Apocalypto is a true masterpiece. You are a master storyteller.
Sincerely, [Scrutinizing Consumer]""
An Apocalyptic Adventure!!
Michael & Angela | Florida | 06/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Mel Gibson does it yet again - bigger and better!
Whether you love him or hate him, obviously the vast majority rule that Mel Gibson can not only act, but direct movies with the best of them. The tale of the tail tells all.
Hoo-hum Box Office sales, but the lead in DVD sales. That's with no doubt due to his ranting and subsequent arrest. But overlying all of this is the absolute high quality of storytelling and savage beauty he can lend to a film. This is without a doubt one of the best films ever made.
Filled with such raw beauty and savage violence, Gibson is smart enough to balance it with showing the love and caring his characters evoke. Not just rely on great action seqeunces, or special effects. The downfall of many a director.
This movie shines beautifully on my 65-inch HD T.V. Better than the theater. If you don't own a huge HD TV, then you must purchase one to get the full effect of such awesome filmed movies.
A must have for your library."
Decent movie, great presentation
Stephen Lerch | Elkton, MD United States | 06/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Since others have focused on the movie itself, I ask you to read their reviews for a review of the content. I want to focus on the quality of the encode instead.
For a short review of the film, I will say that it is action packed and nicely done, though I found the story slightly sparse; like the action took precedence over story.
It's also pretty violent in places, which is fine by me, but may not be everyone's cup of tea.
As far as the disc is concerned, the Blu-Ray presentation is phenomenal.
For video encoding Buena Vista chose to use the AVC/MPEG4 format. The encode is what you'd expect from HD; crisp and clear. There are no compression issues or any other perceptible visual anomalies present. It just looks darn good! The only real issue is the use of different film stocks. What you have is more grain in some areas due to the use of certain film stocks, while in others you have crisp clarity. This is as the movie is supposed to be presented, but if you don't realize why the change in "quality" it can be a bit confusing.
As far as audio is concerned, I commend Mel Gibson for his use of authentic languages on his films. The LPCM 5.1 audio (uncompressed) is absolutely clear and problem free. The channels have good separation when needed and it works really well in the Mayan language. There is also a more compatible Dolby Digital 5.1 track, listed as English, though this is not the case. There is only the Mayan language available on this release; no English language dub. You have to watch with subtitles, so if subtitles aren't your thing, look elsewhere.
Extras are presented in standard DVD resolution (480p). This is somewhat disappointing, but my guess is that the footage was shot on digital and not digital HD equipment. Hopefully in the future companies will record things in HD and present the entire package, not just the film, in HD. The film is what really matters, but standard def extras are slightly disappointing.
Over all I am happy with this release. The movie itself was good, but not "great" for me, while the technical aspects make the Blu-Ray presentation shine."