Mel Gibson’s Mayan epic garnered quite the Oscar buzz, almost as much as Gibson himself, and looked to be something quite unique and spectacular. Sumptuous and utterly gorgeous in terms of visuals, Apocalypto (sounds like an early Vertigo title) loses the plot, what little there is, early on.
Now, with a tagline like “No-one can outrun their destiny”, I was expecting the toppling of Empires and maybe a UFO dropping off a calendar, but end up getting this: a standard, if incredibly violent, chase movie.
The plot, such as it is, revolves around Jaguar Paws who must escape from his captors and rescue his wife Sugar Tits and their son. They’re stuck in a well, by the way.
He succeeds, and in the happiest of all endings, his enemies are all killed in horrible ways and then the conquistadors arrive on their shores and nothing bad happens in South America ever again.
- Director: Mel Gibson
- Cast: Rudy Youngblood, Raoul Trujillo, Mayra Sérbulo, Dalia Hernández