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Dalia Hernandez, Raoul Trujillo
||Only for a history
lesson that would give them nightmares.
||Can she handle a
heart being torn out of a chest?
||Hinted and joked
||Lots and lots of
||Lots of chasing
||Mostly at the
beginning of the movie.
||From Stu Gotz:
Ladies, if you think your childbirth was tough, it has
nothing compared to Seven's giving birth. Quit your
||Because it was in
some Mayan language, all I know is that it sounded cool, but
according to Mel it meant "He's fucked," or something like
||Bruce Davey, Mel
Iím usually not a huge fan of films that I have to read,
meaning those with subtitles, but I suppose lots of
gratuitous violence, and lots of running through the jungle,
and a nice story about a couple in love, well, it was able
to get me through "Apocalypto."
A Movie Review
Now Iím not going to go too far into "Apocalypto" because
we are working on an animated review of the movie for our
"Stu & The Dude Reviewiní the Movies for You!" area, but
hereís a quick synopsis, as well as a quick "what I
Pretty much the story is about the time near the end of
the Mayan civilization. Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) lives
in a nice little jungle village, with his wife Seven (Dalia
Hernandez), who is with child, and his son. They live in a
happy village, until one day the mean and nasty Mayans who
live at the giant temples come and raid their village. It
seems it is sacrifice time at the Mayan temple, and you can
bet those mean and nasty Mayans arenít sacrificing their own
folk. Jaguar hides his wife and son, promises heíll be back,
kicks some ass, but then gets captured. Maybe it was fate,
or maybe just luck, but Jaguar finds himself getting away,
on the run, and trying to elude those chasing him while
still trying to get back and save his family before the rains come.
Eventually Jaguar realizes that he needs to change from the
hunted to the hunter, and uses the familiarity of the jungle
he has been raised in to turn the tide.
Look, Mel Gibson and his baggage aside, "Apocalypto"
gives a touching story of a husband/ father doing what he
has to do in order to save his family, along with a boatload of
gore, violence, chasing, and sure, you have to read things
to truly understand what is going on in the movie. People
get decapitated, have their hearts cut out, get eaten by a
jaguar, get their brains bashed in, rapes are insinuated,
and thereís a boatload of blood. Thereís also a look at how
a peaceful village, happy to have their place in the world,
gets uprooted by the nasty tyrant. The film looks great,
with the magnificence of the jungle, the bizarreness of a
culture we only sometimes read about, and the devotion of a
man to his family.
If you get squeamish at the site of blood, might I
suggest you not see "Apocalypto," even though it has a love
story. But if you like action and brutality, mixed with some
heroism, go see "Apocalypto," even though you have to read
during it. I did find the movie about 15 minutes too long. I
suppose I could have done without so many of the "Oh, isnít
nature beautiful" shots. For me itís 3 Ĺ stars out of 5.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!