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Old 05-31-2008, 05:52 PM
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Apocalypto is a silly movie. Yep, that's all. Spoilers.

I saw Apocalypto and yes it is expensive and everybody's talking some native language etcetera, and it seems real enough everything. Hooray and exiting.

However, there're some major problems with Gibson's movie: While well made, the director plays on cheap strings here: Abandoned children, raped women, humiliated men. While watching, being admitedly disturbed, I found myself asking: Why am I exposed to this, what is the movie trying to tell? Granted there's no value of and in itself of watching a movie with actors acting tortured, why wade through this when the story itself is so shallow and uninteresting?

Aside of some really dumb scenes and a couple of not too trustworthy characters, the main problem is the bad story. If it wasn't for the violence nobody would care. The film maker seems to have nothing to tell.

The moment the protagonist hides his family (pregnant wife, cute little kid with her) in a cave - or, in the biggest hole you ever saw a few yards from the village... go figure - you get the feeling this is but another dumb American action movie you have to sit through.. Set in the jungle, though. Of course, when the hero is close to help his family out of the hole in the end, being oh my god! hunted by evil mayans... ... ... it starts to rain... ... ... and the hole fills up... and the pregnant woman with the cute kid may drown... ... ... and she starts to deliver... ... ...

Jesus.

I don't know how it ends, because the silliness of this moron movie went through the roof about here and finally I flipped the channel.

That's all.

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Old 05-31-2008, 05:59 PM
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It kept me interested and entertained all the way through. I don't care much for Mel Gibson but I liked the movie quite a bit as an escapist-action-chase thriller set in a time and place not often seen in movies.
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Old 05-31-2008, 06:20 PM
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I agree.
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Old 05-31-2008, 06:27 PM
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Previous thread. I think there were others.
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Old 05-31-2008, 07:27 PM
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I thought it was pretty good. Just because the plot was thin doesn't stop the rest of it being entertaining. And stylistically I found it very impressive.

It's not one I'd seek out to watch again, but the same can be said of many Oscar winners, so that's certainly no count against it.
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Old 05-31-2008, 07:48 PM
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you get the feeling this is but another dumb American action movie you have to sit through


Somebody was holding a gun to your head, skippy? What was preventing you from turning it off or walking out?
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Old 05-31-2008, 09:23 PM
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Somebody was holding a gun to your head, skippy? What was preventing you from turning it off or walking out?
He did!

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I don't know how it ends, because the silliness of this moron movie went through the roof about here and finally I flipped the channel.
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