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  • I like that there is no doubt in their minds that he will return, and I'm sure this keeps him going against all odds
  • Jaguar Paw's drive to rescue his wife and son, and eventually a newborn child, are nothing short of truly heroic

    • by dennismoore2
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      Great pains were taken by Mel Gibson & Co. to get the historical accuracies down, and this TLC shows in this fascinating tale of survival and separation. When a tribe of Indians are attacked and enslaved, Jaguar Paw vows to return to rescue his son and pregnant wife, who spend most of their time in this film down a deep hole, awaiting his return. I like that there is no doubt in their minds that he will return, and I’m sure this keeps

      him going against all odds.

      It is a brutal film. Many of the key village characters are slain, sacrificed on the Mayan altar in the large city. The Mayans are made out to be heartless, cold and cruel. In one scene, forcing the villagers to walk great distances to the Mayan city, while tied by their necks and hands to a pole, one of the men slips and goes hanging over a cliff. Others are pulled to the edge, and the poor man hanging ...


      • is literally doing so, by his neck. The other prisoners have to work fast and furious to get the man back over the cliff and on his feet. The slave guard smiles at all their efforts, then shoves the hanging man over the cliff to his death.

        Our hero escapes becoming a sacrifice, escapes again being used as sport, and the chase is on. Jaguar Paw kills the Mayan slavedriver’s son and is forced to flee for his life. He runs back to his

        wife and son, always with the Mayan slavedriver and two of his men in relentless pursuit. There are a series of scenes, once Jaguar Paw is back in his familiar territory, where the hunting skills we saw in the beginning work in his favor against this deadly trio.

        What I got out of this movie is that family is everything. Without a family a man is nothing. Jaguar Paw’s drive to rescue his wife and son, and eventually a newborn child, are nothing short of truly heroic.




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