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Apocalypto - Rudy Youngblood, Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Trujillo, Mel Gibson

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Movie propaganda

No-one can outrun their destiny.

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Mel Gibson (The Passion of the Christ, Braveheart), comes Apocalypto: a heart stopping mythic action-adventure set against the turbulent end times of the once great Mayan civilization. When Jaguar Paw's (Rudy Youngblood) idyllic existence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, he is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Maya Americas historical meso-america pyramid religion drama adventure human sacrifice revenge

Persons of interest

  • Rudy Youngblood .... Jaguar Paw
  • Dalia Hernandez .... Seven
  • Jonathan Brewer .... Blunted
  • Morris Birdyellowhead .... Flint Sky
  • Carlos Emilio Baez .... Turtles Run
  • Ramirez Amilcar .... Curl Nose
  • Israel Contreras .... Smoke Frog
  • Israel Rios .... Cocoa Leaf
  • María Isabel Díaz .... Mother in Law
  • Espiridion Acosta Cache .... Old Story Teller
  • Iazua Larios .... Sky Flower
  • Hiram Soto .... Fish Hunter
  • Raoul Trujillo .... Zero Wolf
  • Gerardo Taracena .... Middle Eye
  • Rodolfo Palacios .... Snake Ink
  • Ariel Galvan .... Hanging Moss
  • Bernardo Ruiz .... Drunkards Four
  • Ricardo Diaz Mendoza .... Cut Rock
  • Richard Can .... Ten Peccary
  • Carlos Ramos .... Monkey Jaw
  • Ammel Rodrigo Mendoza .... Buzzard Hook
  • Marco Antonio Argueta .... Speaking Wind
  • Javier Escobar .... Vicious Holcane
  • Fernando Hernandez .... High Priest
  • Maria Isidra Hoil .... Oracle Girl
  • Aquetzali García .... Oracle Girl
  • Abel Woolrich .... Laughing Man
  • Antonio Monroy .... Chilam
  • Mel Gibson .... Screenwriter
  • Farhad Safinia .... Screenwriter
  • Mel Gibson .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Apocalypto proves that it doesn't matter what language you speak or in what country you live, religious fundamentalists are the same the world over.

A fundie's first job is to spoil the fun for everyone else; perhaps that's why they're called fun-die. Their second job is to make everyone else live according to their rules, which never include things like laughing, tickling, going to the beach, chilling out or playing sport. Their third job is to find people who are laughing, tickling, going to the beach, chilling out or playing sport and cut out their beating hearts in order to appease an angry god.

Thanks, but no thanks.

Meanwhile, there's a movie about some lightly-clothed, brown-skinned people running about in the paradisaical Central American jungle. Then they move to the big city and all hell breaks loose. (Bloody city-slickers: they'll skin you alive, given half a chance.) That's the story: pretty simple, really.

Actually, there's a lot of subtitling going on throughout the film, too. It's unnecessary as the action and performances are such that you already know what's being said. That's true of a lot of non-English language films but none moreso than Apocalypto.

It's an interesting film from an anthropological point of view but no great shakes from a movie point of view. If this were an all-the-way Hollywood production it would never have been made.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong violence, strong themes)

Surveillance time

138 minutes (2:18 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 11 January 2007

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