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Charles
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I was invited to a screening over the weekend by a friend who was involved in creating some of the digital fx for the movie 300. The experience was enhanced with a follow up screening of Apocalypto.

I've seen 300 and enjoyed watching it a second time, but I hadn't watched Apocalypto yet. Wow, what a movie! Brilliant masterpiece! Amazing film.

In my opinion, it beat 300 hands down. The people I was with tended to agree as well. I highly recommend seeing it if you haven't already.

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sykohyko
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I agree Charles, I saw Apocalypto 2 times in theaters and now I'm waiting for the DVD. It sucks that it didn't get the attention it deserved when it came out.

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Greg B
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I can't wait to see Apocalypto. Problem is it wasn't in theatres long enough for me to get to it. With the hatestorm against it's director Mel Gibson I figure that's why.

300 was 'cool' but it just didn't bowl me over like I thought it would.

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Apocalypto is a terrific film. When viewed in comparison with 300 it becomes even better. What 300 lacked as far as historical accuracy is concerned, Apocalypto made up for in spades. It's outstanding at every level.

People will say what they want about Mel Gibson, but he's still a great filmmaker. There's simply no denying it and this movie proves just how good he really is. At least in my opinion. If you get a chance to see it take advantage of the opportunity. It's about as bloody as 300 in parts so if you're sensitive to that sort of thing you might want to consider it. Otherwise I'm certain you'll enjoy the film.

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Greg B
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Yeah, 300 had some nice special effects but it reminded me of an MTV video from Oregon or Seattle.

Apocalypto is a well needed movie to take a glimpse into what the Americas were like before the invasions.

Some of my fellow Native American folks talk about how great things were before the Europeans came and I remind them of the 'heart ripping out of the chest' thing some of the central and south American cultures engaged in.

When I look at the animals my ancestors fought I can't believe it. The Jaguar is pound-for-pound the most dangerous cat on Earth. The giant otter which reaches 6 ft nowadays and used to reach 7 ft is poisonous and ferocious. Anacondas that reached 30-50ft and more. Pirahnas, cave bears, giant sloths, giant beavers, giant armadillos. The giant cave bear/dog. You wonder how a fella made it back then!

Not to mention the massive grizzly bear population back then.

Did I mention the giant wolverines of ancient times?

the Americas were no picnic lemme tell you.

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Greg B
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Okay, finally, finally, got a chance to see Apocalypto.

One word: Outstanding!

Gibson really showed he has it all as a storyteller. Only a wee smidgen of things missing but overall it was a great story, well acted, costumes etc. all brilliant.

It really hit home about things I posted just above about how the Americas were like back then.

It's weird because all week for me has been a big Native American family week of unsuspecting events. I got contacted by some news folks in Central and S. America and we discussed our heritage and it's turned into a big giant family get together. I was being interviewed by one of the magazines in Brazil about some science stuff.

I then scored a copy of Apocalypto and was talking to cousins who had done more genealogy and made more family connections in S. America.

I feel really good because for the past year I've had the opportunity to talk to relatives from several tribes and nations and via the internet communicate with all of them like they're one big family.

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Apocalypto was a treat to watch, even more so ever since I avoid trailers of movies I know are for me. I've been avoiding trailers for years and it is not easy to do but if you can keep movies from being spoiled and you know just from the poster/buzz that it's your cup of tea... then you might want to try this. Like I said, not easy to do, but well worth it.

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quote:
The giant otter which reaches 6 ft nowadays and used to reach 7 ft is poisonous and ferocious.
Giant poisonous otters? SWEET!
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Thought it was really great, ultimately quite a simple film but very well made and incredibly atmospheric. Sure, it took liberties with history (as did Braveheart), but it was a good movie.

My only qualm was the Jaguar...

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Greg B
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Squarejaw, it was a simple movie that was awesome in scope and power.

The payback scene at the end is priceless. Halfway through the film I could predict with precision what would happen next and that made things far more entertaining because it wasn't a matter of 'if' it was a matter of 'when'.

When Jaguar Paw led the pursuers to the small pox infected Conquistadors, that was some sweet ass payback.

It mirrors today's world as well, the story, in that people get wrapped up in bloodthirsts, religions, monarchies, and narcotics. They end up in savage ends like war. How many times in history have we seen leaders hypnotize people with rhetoric and drugs toward bloodthirsty ends?

One humorous note, I kept thinking of Kuzco from "Emperor's New Groove" and kept giggling through the movie.

This flick is a must have and will sit on my top shelf.

I hope Gibson has gotten the treatment and learned his lessson and will go back to making epics like this.

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It really was a spectacular film. Glad you guys saw it and thanks for bringing the topic up. Highly recommend Apocalypto. Mel Gibson proves himself without a doubt a great filmmaker with this.

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I love both films!!!

Although Apocolypto was not historically correct. its about 500 years of Mayan culture meshed together.

both films took mad liberties on the history. but again, loved them both.

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