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Apocalypto is a brilliantly filmed, if mercilessly bloody, examination of a once great civilization.



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"Apocalypto" is a heart stopping mythic action-adventure set against the turbulent end times of the once great Mayan civilization. When his idyllic existence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, a man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life.


Rudy Youngblood
as Jaguar Paw
Raoul Trujillo
as Zero Wolf
Gerardo Taracena
as Middle Eye
Fernando Hernandez
as High Priest
Maria Isidra Hoil
as Oracle Girl
Aquetzali Garcia
as Oracle Girl
Abel Woolrich
as Laughing Man
Amilcar Ramirez
as Curl Nose
Israel Contreras
as Smoke Frog
Israel Rios
as Cocoa Leaf
Mayra Serbulo
as Young Woman
Iazua Larios
as Sky Flower
María Isabel Díaz
as Mother In Law
Espiridion Acosta Cache
as Old Story Teller
Lorena Hernández
as Village Girl
Bernando Ruíz
as Drunkards Four
Sayuri Gutiérrez
as Eldest Daughter
Hiram Soto
as Fish Hunter
José Suárez
as First Temple Sacrifice
Ariel Galvan
as Hanging Moss
Bernardo Ruiz
as Drunkards Four
Richard Can
as Ten Peccary
Carlos Ramos
as Monkey Jaw
Marco Antonio Argueta
as Speaking Wind
Javier Escobar
as Vicious Holcane
Nicolás Jasso
as Man On Temple Top
Ronaldo Eknal
as Slave Auctioneer
Miriam Tun
as Woman Auctioneer
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Critic Reviews for Apocalypto

All Critics (197) | Top Critics (52)

  • Apocalypto demonstrates two things: that Mel Gibson is a hell of a filmmaker and that his imaginative world borders on the Neanderthal.

    Jun 29, 2007 | Full Review…
  • It's Gibson's taste for carnage that defeats him in the end. The brutality is relentless, and the many ways in which blood is spilt so ingenious, that it's numbing. Once the adrenaline rush subsides, there's nothing left.

    Jan 13, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Pathologically brilliant. It is bizarre, stomach-turningly violent and frequently inspired.

    Jan 6, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This is by no means a boring film, then, but it is a grotesque one, and that brings it pretty close to camp.

    Dec 30, 2006 | Full Review…

    Ben Walters

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • As a piece of filmmaking it's certainly strong enough to restore his commercial viability. Whether that's to the good is another question entirely.

    Dec 30, 2006 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity

    Top Critic
  • [Gibson] has learned how to tell a tale, and to raise a pulse in the telling. You have to admire that basic gift, uncommon as it is in Hollywood these days, though equally you have to ask what obsessions goad it on.

    Dec 11, 2006

Audience Reviews for Apocalypto

If the attraction of films is immersion into another reality, this bad boy fills the bill and then some, on steroids. We go to the heart of the South American jungle at the start of the decline of the Mayan civilization, just before the arrival of invading Europeans, and Mel Gibson's evocation of the times puts to shame nearly every historical epic before, very nearly the history lesson of teachers' dreams, and then there's the story of a simple family man trying to survive in a violent world. Gibson may well be the D.W. Griffith of his time, emboding sensational film making and bad politics simultaneously ... but so what? Hollywood needs to forgive him. I have.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Rent this -- don't buy it. That way you'll feel less digusted with yourself for seeing a Mel Gibson film. Otherwise, it's excellent.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] I was surprised at how much this film has been forgotten. Apocalypto is Mel Gibson's best film. It doesn't look like much at first glance because the trailer is not remotely interesting, and quite dull. But it's actually filled with violence and a great deal of thrills and shocks. It's filmed beautifully, like Passion Of The Christ but has a clearer meaning and a more developed hero. Everything about it is more engaging, affectionate and ironically, more passionate. The environments and set pieces are positively breathtaking and the costume design is absolutely marvelous. I really liked Passion Of The Christ for a lot of reasons but Apocalypto, is Gibson's masterpiece.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Although slow and sometimes difficult to understand, this is truly a visual masterpiece with so many brilliant performances it's hard to choose who to credit first. A fantastic voyage of a story which integrates you with these people and allows you to feel part of the gang; but then that's all spoiled by the ending which confuses my sense of time. At first it seems to be of the Mayan era but then the ships come along with a completely different period of clothing. I'm not sure if this was intentional to show that such barbarism was still in full swing in 'modern' times or to just be annoying. Good film though.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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