To say that the movie is over the top is a vast understatement. Gibson creates a world of almost unimaginable cruelty, brutality and inhumanity, and Jaguar Paw's journey is filled with more cliffhanger situations than "The Perils of Pauline."
Indeed, the movie's world is so extreme that it's almost ludicrous. And yet, through Gibson's bravura feat of epic filmmaking, it's also so bizarrely alien, so visually stunning, so interesting in every frame that it's totally hypnotic.
"Apocalypto" is also a movie with a disturbing psychological impact. Like the better films of Stanley Kubrick and David Lean, it takes us on a unique odyssey through a big slice of history and leaves us with an uneasiness that is difficult to sort out.
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