Apocalypto
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As the foundation of the Mayan civilization begins to crumble, one man's previously idyllic existence is forever changed when he is chosen as a sacrifice needed to appease the gods in director Mel Gibson's mythic, end-times adventure. The Mayan kingdom is at the absolute height of opulence and power, but leaders are convinced that unless more temples are constructed and more human sacrifices made, the crops, and ultimately the people, will suffer. Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) is a peaceful hunter from a remote forest tribe whose life is about to be changed forever. When Jaguar… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Apocalypto demonstrates two things: that Mel Gibson is a hell of a filmmaker and that his imaginative world borders on the Neanderthal."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"[Gibson] has learned how to tell a tale, and to raise a pulse in the telling. You have to admire that basic gift, uncommon as it is in Hollywood these days, though equally you have to ask what obsessions goad it on."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Apocalypto isn't simply an effective movie, but an immensely powerful one: a benchmark and a foresight seemingly all rolled into one."
‑ David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org
"Shot with digital camera on location in Mexico, Mel Gibson has created a visually stunning action/adventure epic that although has divided many with its historical accuracy, has spared no expense in bringing life to a world before European colonization."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Mel Gibson follows up "The Passion of the Christ," his entrée into directing schlock B-move horror films with high production values, with an even more gory study into bodily torture and death."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"This is by no means a boring film, then, but it is a grotesque one, and that brings it pretty close to camp."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"Mel Gibson is a real artist as a director."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Damn if the movie, through Mel's sheer determination, doesn't almost turn from a fight-n-flight gore fest into a moving meditation on a civilisation in the throes of decline. Almost."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Nothing if not visceral"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The middle of the film, though, finds Gibson at his sadistic best, depicting monumental savagery with a surreal cinematic glee that puts the Apocalypse in Apocalypto."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"As a piece of filmmaking it's certainly strong enough to restore his commercial viability. Whether that's to the good is another question entirely."
‑ Tom Charity, CNN.com
"It's unlike any other movie to reach theaters this year and, because it is as visual an experience as it is visceral, it is best seen on a large screen."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Ignore Apocalypto's symbolic hubbub and instead view it for Gibson's perverse sense of entertainment. His passionate spectacle of human destruction and doom packs a terrific visceral punch."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"All in all Apocalypto is probably Gibson's best film to date, because it's almost free of any of Hollywood's tainting."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"What this thing turns out to be is a skimpy action flick."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
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