I recently saw “Apocalypto”. The title of the movie is apt, meaning to “disclose or reveal” a culture in decline—the Mayans. The story follows one central character, Jaguar Paw. It is through his eyes that we see his way of life crushed by raiders who have taken most of his village or tribes people as captives–with the exception of his son and pregnant wife. The look of the film is spectacular. I didn’t hear about this film until I was speaking to a friend about another favorite movie of mine, Pan’s Labyrinth, that I said he should watch. He raved and raved about this movie. I am a fan of history but this movie is a not a doc or is recognized as historical fact in regards to the Mayans and their way of life. Alas, it’s a great film that should be watched just for the sheer imagery of it. Truly outstanding work here. Rent it. Or buy it. Or don’t.
[Tags]Mel Gibson, Apocalypto, Mayan culture, Mesoamerica[/tags]