Monday, 22 January 2007

Mel Gibson's Apocalypto

I watched Mel Gibson's Apocalypto yesterday. Even with all the violence and bloody scenes it is a film worth watching. The film didn't bore me for a second during it's 140 minutes' duration. Watching the film it is easy to imagine that something like this (people from an ancient civilization going on a killing rampage) has actually happened.

Apocalypto is set during the last days of the ancient Mayan civilization in the 15th century. Our hero Jaguar Paw (played by newcomer Rudy Youngblood) belongs to a tribe of hunter-gatherers who are attacked by a warring sect. He is captured and taken to another city, where he is to be sacrificed in the name of his enemy's God. (How many innocent people have been killed in the name of God?) But Jaguar Paw manages to escape and goes to rescue his own family, while his enemies pursue him...

And for those who believe that these useless killings only happened long ago, please remember Hitler, Pol Pot, Rwanda, Sbrenica, Darfur, .......

The Romans already knew it: Homo homini lupus.

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