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Blood, guts make for graphic story

December 12, 2006|by ADELINE CUMPATA

Review

"Apocalypto" is like a ship without a sail. The movie had all that it needed to float, but it never made it out of the harbor.

"Apocalypto" takes place in Mexico before Spanish soldiers conquered the indigenous people. The dialogue is in ancient languages with English subtitles. The story is about Mayan civilization, highlighting the role of human sacrifice in religion.

Certain aspects of the film's plot, co-written by Mel Gibson, were mangled with bouts of carnage, death, mutilation and utterly destructive revenge. The message woven throughout the fibers of this film was simple: It is proper to die fighting for what is right, for what you believe in. And when in doubt, return to your inner animal, because then your instincts will guide you, making you like a machine - without pain or remorse. If you have a job to do, do it quickly and without question.

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This movie is rated R for graphic violence and disturbing images. It is definitely for a mature audience. If you can stomach historical fiction salted and peppered with blood, enjoy the show!

But if not, perhaps a more family-friendly film with less ketchup would be a better choice.

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