Apocalypto is a movie that's normally called "Mel Gibson's Apocalypto." That's a little ego-maniacal, so I refuse to call it that. Hey... I'm not baggin' on the guy for any of his drunken and bigoted and fundamentally religious flaws because all I care about is a d*mn good movie, and Mel can surely make 'em. The Passion of the Christ, removing myself from all religious opinions, was a great movie. And everyone knows that Braveheart is among the best movies ever, er, created.
In this film, he begins the ending of the Mayan civilization with a gaggle of peaceful natives (and yes, some hot native women) invaded by a hoard of warriors. The movie is detailed down to the skin art and foreign tongue (sub-titled), so you really get the sense of what it was like to be there. And you will be blown away when you see what happens to captives who are taken "down town"... brings a whole new meaning to "some heads are gonna roll." Shocking. And El Centro is literally amazing.
While I really did like this movie, I was a bit annoyed at a 24-hour foot chase that seemed to keep the pursuers trailing at exactly 100 yards behind the entire time (unrealistic for a movie that paid so much attention to realism). And I did, for some reason, expect this to be a much grander and larger picture; but in reality, it was all about the Indian in the photo and his plight to save his pregnant wife and kid.
FilmBender is Funny Movie Reviews. Check out the trailer and then watch the movie and relish in the fact that anyone can invade your village and f*ck up your day -- even Spain. Maybe Monday I'll continue the theme and review an alien invasion movie... I'm curious and all, but let's face it, if history serves us right, that would s*ck.