Apocalypto

United States
May 29, 2007 10:32am CST
Has anyone here seen Apocalypto? I watched it this weekend and at first didn't think I'd be interested, but once I got into it, I was hooked. I watched it over two days, because of the subtitles - I am sometimes distracted while movie watching and this one deserves your full attention. I can't believe what a great job the actors did and how well the story presented this little known part of Mayan history. Any thoughts or opinions?
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7 responses
• United States
29 May 07
I saw it the day it came out, it was very good. I like the subtitle effectivness, it was very well done. I think that at first it was confusing, however it was a wonderfully exciting movie. I always was worried about the baby, and the mother. I think that they did a very good job acting the mayan history, and that the screen plays were very diverting. They definately outdid themselves, i'd recommend this movie to anyone.
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• United States
29 May 07
The idea of the subtitles was actually a turn-off for me, but mostly because I tend to "listen" to my tv more than watch it. I'm glad I sat down for this one, though!
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@maryannemax (12174)
• Sweden
29 May 07
at first, i was also confused with subtitles since i hate reading them while watching a film. but i understood that it's necessary to deliver the film effectively and as realistic as possible. so, i find it reasonable. you're right silentrose... the subtitle is very effective plus it's not much reading. most parts of the films can be understood through their acts and facial expressions... very much recommended!
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• United States
29 May 07
I think that if you don't watch movies often this is definately a good one to sit down to, the point of having or seeing a movie is watching. Not listening or hearing, but getting into the pictures and movements. Its a very nice experience to not see another movie warped by our english language. I would recommend it to any american speaking person, being that i'm american and enjoyed it emenssly.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
30 May 07
I loved it, it was so real I felt I was back in that time amongst the aztec culture.
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• United States
30 May 07
I'm glad you enjoyed it. It seems like there are very few movies that actually have an impact like that on viewers anymore. I tend to rent movies instead of watching them in theatres for just this reason. I get tired of wasting my time and money. At least when I am at home I can do other things while I watch!
@maryannemax (12174)
• Sweden
29 May 07
i have seen this film with my dad 3 weeks ago. i thought at first that i will be bored with this film since i need to read the subtitles. but no... i was fascinated and stayed focus watching the film. even if i were reading the subtitle, i wasn't confused. the story was so good and the acts were delivered immensely. 10 stars to mel gibson's apocalypto.
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• United States
30 May 07
The movie definitely had a way of keeping your attention. I'm glad you liked it!
@jmcafam (2891)
• United States
29 May 07
I thought this movie was really good. I am not one to go to the theaters to go watch movies unless it is really caught my eye and this one did. I felt the movie just flew by while watching it and was entertaining the whole way through.
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• United States
29 May 07
I really wish I had seen this in theatres. It was probably amazing on the big screen. Unfortunately, time generally forces me to wait and rent movies after they're off the big screen!
@webbuff (926)
• Philippines
29 May 07
Apocalypto is probably one of the ten best movies of the year, a compelling action movie with not only adrenaline, but also brains and heart. Its portrayal of the Mayan culture -- including its strange dress, hair styles, costumes, tattoos, body piercing, and decorative scars, as well as its industry, class system, cities, warfare, weapons, myth, and religion -- provide a bizarre and fascinating anthropological backdrop for what is, at its heart, a solid, thrilling, fast paced old fashioned struggle between good guys and bad guys. The movie does have a lot of violence. But the violence is woven into a story with characters we care about. It is a realistic part of the culture being described. And it is not shown in a hyper gruesome manner, as is much of movie violence today.
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• United States
29 May 07
I agree. I really liked the fact that the actual brutality and violence was kept down to a minimum. There were not any more graphic visuals of bloodshed than actually needed. I only saw one example of bloodshed that was a little over-the-top with movie effect, but it was hardly worth noting.
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
7 Aug 07
Apocalypto was really great, everything was there - costumes were amazing, as well as their religious mind set and cruel nature. The language just brought more authentic taste...and it sounds really funny to me when Americans complain about subtitles because we in Europe have to read them all the time for pretty much 90% of the movies.
@windhair (498)
• Germany
3 Jun 07
I like this one, it is not the one about the maya, but the rules in the ancient time all around the world. Hunting was a way to survive at that time.
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