February 03, 2008
Mel Gibson's " Apocalypto"
The other night, I watched Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto" on DVD.
It is one of the most violent movies, I've ever seen, with Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" probably taking top prize in that category. Its probably challenging to a mass audience that there are no famous actors in it--virtually all the acting was done by Mayan Indians, and that all the dialogue is in the
Yucatec Maya language.
The violence, I believe, is historically accurate- the Mayans did wage in constant war, they took slaves, and human sacrifice was practiced. It wasn't just the Aztecs who did that.
I absolutely could not take my eyes off this film. Its a gripping story, that I'm not going to get into, other than to say that you'll never forget Jaguar Paw. And that Mel Gibson is a great director.
Don't see it with the kids. But do see it.