Apocalypto (2006)

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Rated: PG12

Released: 3 May 2014 (Japan)

Runtime: 153 Min

Taglines: No one can outrun their destiny.

Genres: Action | Adventure | Drama | Thriller

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Writers: Aaron Guzikowski

Actors: Hugh Jackman , Jake Gyllenhaal , Viola Davis

Country: USA

Language: English

As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, a young man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression.

Plot

A Mayan forest village lives happily and harmoniously, except the mean teasing of Blunted’s inability to sire. When terrified refugees pass, the chief forbids the hunting party to ‘spead fear’, but the real cause soon follows. Their own community is pillaged, the survivors cruelly enslaved and dragged away. The chief’s proud son Jaguar Paw manages to hide his pregnant wife and toddler son, but in an unsafe place. The men are destined for bloody sacrifice to the gods in the raider kingdom’s pestilence-stricken capital. An ‘auspicious’ solar eclipse renders their number superfluous, but the raiders’ captain orders them killed as target practice. Jaguar Paw survives, killing the captain’s son, and may now incarnate an apocalyptic prophecy or still perish without saving his family, while another danger looms unseen.

Set in the Mayan civilization, when a man’s idyllic presence 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.

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