The 5th Annual James Horner Blogathon – Apocalypto (2006)

This is the second of 3 reviews that are part of The 5th Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon hosted by Becca over at Film Music Central  .  Tnx for letting me participate!

“When I catch him, I will peel his skin and have him watch me wear it.” – Zero Wolf

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Aug 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After their tribe is attacked by a neighboring one, a young Mayan warrior tries to find a way to get back and save his wife and child.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I have avoided ever since it came out 14 years ago.

Mel Gibson is a great filmmaker, yet I had no desire to watch an entire movie in Mayan.

Boy did I make the wrong decision, because despite the language issues, I found this story quite engaging and enjoyable to watch unfold.

They do a wonderful job of truly capturing the look and feel of the Mayan civilization and we get a front row seat to learn about the various tribes who must deal with the conflicts between them.

The film has no recognizable stars and that actually helps make things seem even more realistic since they all seem like genuine Mayan Indians.

The film has great cinematography that allows us to be immersed in the rich landscapes of the jungle homes of this ancient civilization.

The film is quite brutal in its violence yet that also enhances the genuine feeling of it all from start to finish.

James Horner’s score is quite spectacular since it is able to transport us to this unfamiliar world and help make it come to life so well through the sounds of everything that happens.

Check out his score here:

Bottom Line – Much more enjoyable than I expected especially given the fact that the entire film is in the Mayan language. The film is able to really capture the look and feel of the Mayan tribes and the various conflicts between the different tribes. The fact that this film doesn’t have any recognizabe stars actually helps make it seem more realistic because they all come across as feeling like real Mayan Indians.  The cinematography is great and gives us a rich view of the world these characters inhabited. The film is unapologetic in its violence and that also adds to the realism of the story. Horner’s score also helps transport us into this unfamiliar world in ways that work so well. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Special care was taken to protect the digital cameras from the unpredictable Mexican rain forest climate. They were covered with space blankets to reflect the extreme heat. Temperature was closely monitored via thermometers added to the cameras. For shooting at a waterfall, the cameras were put in specially-built Hydroflex splash bags designed by Pete Romano. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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3 thoughts on “The 5th Annual James Horner Blogathon – Apocalypto (2006)

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