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Apocalypto - One Minute Review

Mel Gibson, the director, moderately succeeds in trying to tell a compelling moral tale in the first half. In the second half, he cuts to pure narrative and succeeds in telling a simple tale compellingly. Apocalypto opens with a Will Durant quote which says that a civilization rots from the inside. A Mayan village in 16th century, just before the arrival of Spanish ships is the setting. The chemistry between a husband & a wife, between a father & a son, between a family & it's neighbour, between a tribe & the next one is all told in a 'this is how you do it' style by the super skilled director. The essential set-up makes it clear that this is nothing but the calm before the storm. Marauders arrive - the king's army is scraping the nook & corner for healthy men to be sacrificed for their angry god who has let out incurable diseases on men and crops.

The second half is nothing but a lengthy chase scene - Gibson again proves that he can entertain audiences no matter what the setting or period is. To use on of my earlier phrases, this sequence is as refreshing as a splash of cold water on a desert walker's face. Brilliantly brought to life wilderness of the Yucatan region, breathtaking music and high-octane expressions by Rudy Youngblood, the hunter who is being hunted, all add up to a treat for the mind and the eye. Gibson continues his love for blood & flesh here - heads are chopped after the heart if clinically ripped off living men. Deam Semler's camera, James Horner's orchestra and the editor's scissors all come together to produce a thorough entertainment. At the center of this good vs evil drama is love for one's family, a theme that is being avoided by Hollywood except in the animation studios. This isn't a great movie, but has elements of greatness.

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2 Responses to “Apocalypto - One Minute Review”

  1. # Blogger Varahasimhan

    I think that this movie will leave a deep scar in the psyche of the native Americans...the movie should have shown the barbarism of the Spanish Conquistadors too. It may not have any artistic significance, but it has much historic and social psychological importance...


  2. # Blogger Prasad Venkataramana

    Have you seen this movie? You're essentially asking for a new movie. 'Apocalypto' very clearly has it's objectives cut out and does justice to what is sets out to do.  

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