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Apocalypto (2006)

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4.5 out of 10 Simply epic...
Simon from Leitrim, 20 Aug 2007
Though I have my reservations about Gibson they do not detract from the achievement of this movie. Thoroughly enjoyable and convincing to the point of feeling that you have been transported back to the time of this ancient civilisation. The ability to create dept of character in subject matters speaking an ancient langauge in a truly alien world is a master stroke. This movie is not light viewing and is unquestionably gruesome at times but if you are in the mood for an epic flic, this is the 1
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4.5 out of 10 Courageous film-making.
Ciaran from Dublin, 23 Jul 2007
You can't but admire Mel Gibson's nerve - he doesn't shirk his responsibilities when it comes to the themes of his movies. 'The Passion' is the starkest example but this is another worthy effort. Here he tackles the subject of the fall of the once-mighty Mayan empire. This is truly a stunning motion picture, visually impeccable and thematically challenging. However, I would warn people that those who like their movies easy to digest with simple plots may struggle to enjoy this.
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4 out of 10 Well worth it
Monika from Cork, 01 Aug 2007
If you're squeamish about blood and guts, don't bother seeing this. However, the story justifies it and just emphasizes the horror inflicted on the ordinary Mayans by their ruling class. The film gives a good perspective on what has been interpreted from artefacts to be the life of this society. The personal angle through the main character's experiences and (almost) original language used only enforces this. Very good film, Mel Gibson proves to be an interesting director.
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5 out of 10 Brilliant!
Les from Dublin, 20 Apr 2008
This is a masterpiece. I couldn't fault it. It is all utterly convincing, with fabulous photography, and direction. The tension builds up and lasts right to the final frames, which themselves just beg to start another story. Ok, so it's got subtitles. Don't be scared, they won't bite. After five minutes you are so involved in the action that you are no longer aware of them. Oh, and watch the bonus feature about the making of this film. It's an entertainment in itself.
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4 out of 10 Apocalypto, worth the effort
Brendan from Kildare, 03 Feb 2008
The first half of this movie made me think that Mel Gibson is really sick. It seemed like a lot of violence for no reason, but stick with it. Once you reach the second half of the movie it becomes inspiring all the more because you realize the horrors the hero is up against. The cinematography is spectacular, the jungle is beautiful and so vibrant that you feel that you are there. But if you are squeamish about violence you might want to give it a miss.
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What's it about....
Mel Gibson returns to the director's chair with this thrilling historical epic. Set in the twilight of Mayan culture young Jaguar Paw is captured and taken to the great Mayan city, where he faces a harrowing end. Driven by the power of his love for his wife and son, he makes an adrenaline-soaked, heart-racing escape to rescue them and ultimately save his way of life. Filled with unrelenting action and stunning cinematography, Apocalypto is an enthralling and unforgettable...

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