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Apocalypto Review

Love it or loathe it, nobody can take away the ambition found within Apocalypto and the controversial director behind it. Mel Gibson has bold ideas that are presented well in his early works. From an entertaining butchering of William Wallace’s life in Braveheart to a muddled and simple, but emotionally effective look at war in Hacksaw Ridge, the man has clear talent. He puts that to perplexing use in Apocalypto, a feature that depends fully on his ability to visualise a story. Violence and butchery is his way of doing so. Whether that is effective or not is up in the air. It certainly makes for strong scenes and interesting cinematography but the meaning behind it plays fast and loose with the Mayan language and the warlike ambiguity Gibson tries to incorporate.

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