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Director: Mel Gibson

Starring: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Bird, Carlos Emilio Baez, Amilcar Ramirez, Israel Contreras Vasquez
RunTime: 139 mins
Genre: Action / Mythology / History

Rating: M18

Hostel in a Mayan Jungle.

There is really astonishing what Mel Gibson can do. After the award winning Braveheart and controversial Passion of Christ, he has brought us another historical piece of the downfall of Mayan civilisation. Filmed with a cast of unknowns, with a native Yukatak Maya language, he tries to retain as much authenticity as possible as he did with Passion.

Violent! Bloody! Politically incorrect! Racist! Insane! Never mind what historians and critics say. For an entertainment seeking moviegoer like myself, I was thoroughly absorbed throughout the 139 minutes. Not one minute did I find it tiresome and boring, and the intense action kept adrenalin running.

Never mind there were beating hearts (literally) and rolling heads. Mel Gibson wants to shock, and he knows it. Guys will probably not mind it as much as girls who may find it excessively graphic and violent.

Mel Gibson has achieved movie magic with his ambition of crafting a visual spectacle with ancient civilisation. As Jaguar Paw journeys though invasion, fear, courage and hope, you just want to watch the movie again. As for criticisms that the people were too brutal, the truth is: Human haven’t changed much over 3000 years, have we?

Apocalypto – Violent but brillant!

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