Apocalypto
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  • In Passion this fact was viewed differently by the audience but the scepticism was not great enough to avoid doing it again
  • This dramatization is another good work by Mel Gibson in my opinion because it preserves a truthfulness to some extent of ancient native indians

    • by Bippo
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      Mel Gibson’s awaited epic drama, Apocalypto, takes place in an ancient indian society in South America before the conquest by the europeans. Like his previous work as a director on The Passion, Gibson has also this time chosen to use actors speaking the native language of the time.

      In “Passion” this fact was viewed differently by the audience but the scepticism was not great enough to avoid doing it again.

      Whereas in Passion they spoke arameic, a language barely surviving today, this


      time in the new Apocalypto, they speak an ancient mayan or aztec language.

      The movie is ofcourse subtitled so you don’t need to worry about that.

      In fact it gives the movie more genuinity and realness to have the actors speak native indian.

      It makes you, as an audience, more involved in the story.

      The movie itself is about a native indian married young man who is captured and whose fate will eventually be more significant than the rest of the society ...


      • expects.

        As you might know, the ancient mayans and aztecs used human sacrifice to please their Gods and more so when the hour of the eclipse of the sun was approaching (they had very complex calendars).

        So the core of the movie evolves around the prophecies of those times.

        It is recommandable to read some mayan and/or aztec history to learn more about these prophecies and how the conquest was intermingled with these.

        This dramatization is another good work by Mel Gibson

        in my opinion because it preserves a truthfulness to some extent of ancient native indians.

        Ofcourse there might be some objections as to details in the movie and its historical accuracy, but all in all Gibson as historyinterested he is, got it right this time.

        In some ways the movie is very terrifying and bloody, perhaps even more than “Passion”.

        This movie is not adviced to a young audience…and remember to check if your heart is in its place once in a while ;)




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