“Apocalypto” is a historical adventure film released in 2006, directed and produced by Mel Gibson. The movie is set in the late 15th century and tells the story of a young hunter named Jaguar Paw, who is captured by the Mayan civilization and must fight for his survival.
The main cast includes Rudy Youngblood as Jaguar Paw, Dalia Hernández as his wife, and Morris Birdyellowhead, Raoul Trujillo, and Gerardo Taracena as the antagonists.
Jaguar Paw lives with his wife and child in a remote village in the Mayan forest. One day, while hunting, they encounter a group of warriors from a neighboring tribe who are fleeing the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. The warriors kill some of the villagers and capture Jaguar Paw and his companions. They are taken to a Mayan city where they are to be sacrificed to the gods. Jaguar Paw manages to escape and begins a dangerous journey back to his village, pursued by the Mayan warriors.
- Academy Award for Best Sound Editing
- Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- Satellite Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Overall, “Apocalypto” was praised for its stunning cinematography, impressive visual effects, and intense action sequences. However, the film was also criticized for its portrayal of the Mayan civilization as savage and violent, and for inaccuracies in its depiction of historical events.
|Directed by||Mel Gibson|
|Produced by||Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey|
|Written by||Mel Gibson, Farhad Safinia|
|Starring||Rudy Youngblood, Raoul Trujillo, Mayra Sérbulo, Dalia Hernández, Jonathan Brewer, Gerardo Taracena, Rodolfo Palacios, Bernardo Ruiz Juarez, Ammel Rodrigo, Mendoza, Ricardo Diaz Mendoza, Israel Contreras,|
|Music by||James Horner|
|Edited by||John Wright|
|Touchstone Pictures, Icon Productions|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
|Release date||December 8, 2006|
|Running time||138 minutes|
|Box office||$120.7 million|