History Film / Apocalypto

5th Nov '16 12:21:54 AM DustSnitch
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* {{Badass}}: Jaguar Paw. While he is not physically impressive, he still manages to outrun his pursuers and uses his hunter skills and affinity with nature to kill them all.
2nd Nov '16 4:26:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Although they did film in Mexico, they picked Veracruz (in the middle of the gulf coast) to double for Yucatan and the Caribbean; this is especially noticeable in the scenes on the beach.
6th Oct '16 5:07:52 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** When the slavers reach a foaming river that there's no possible way the children would be able to cross, they just let the children walk free instead of killing them. Similarly, when an old woman is being sold as a slave but no-one is interested in buying her, the slaver just tells her to run along.
17th Jul '16 7:27:02 AM benda
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** Also, the sheer scale of the human sacrifices plus the practice of raiding smaller villages and settlements in order to capture slaves and sacrifices' victims, as portrayed in the film, are more reminiscent of the Aztecs than the Maya. Although WordOfGod has said that what he wanted to do was to depict the [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything decadence of a once proud civilization, brought by political corruption, environmental collapse, and that was now resorting to sacrifice its own people]]; which, according to archeological finds, were some of the probable causes for the Maya collapse in the southern lowlands. This would not have worked had TheEvilEmpire of the film been the Aztecs, since they were on the apex of their splendor when the Spaniards arrived.

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** Also, the sheer scale of the human sacrifices plus the practice of raiding smaller villages and settlements in order to capture slaves and sacrifices' victims, as portrayed in the film, are more reminiscent of the Aztecs than the Maya. There's also no evidence of slave auctions for the latter. Although WordOfGod has said that what he wanted to do was to depict the [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything decadence of a once proud civilization, brought by political corruption, environmental collapse, and that was now resorting to sacrifice its own people]]; which, according to archeological finds, were some of the probable causes for the Maya collapse in the southern lowlands. This would not have worked had TheEvilEmpire of the film been the Aztecs, since they were on the apex of their splendor when the Spaniards arrived.
29th Jun '16 2:42:50 PM LuciaMoore
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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: A solar eclipse is significant to the action. That night, a full moon is significant to the action.

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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: A solar eclipse is significant to the action. That night, a full moon is significant to the action.[[note]]It's impossible for both of those to occur within 24 hours of each other because solar eclipses and full moons occur during completely opposite phases of the moon, and it takes roughly two weeks to transition between the two.[[/note]]
21st Jun '16 10:52:49 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* OneDimensionalThinking: Played straight, then subverted. When the Mayans make a game of releasing the slaves and having them run to freedom while trying to hit them from a distance, the first two run straight and are easily killed. The next two zig-zag to make themselves harder targets, though they still get hit eventually.



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9th May '16 11:24:32 PM TheBookWasBetter
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**And stranger yet, ''Film/{{Midnight Cowboy}}''
8th May '16 11:53:08 AM Discar
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* OutsideContextVillain:
** The {{Mayincatec}} civilization to Jaguar Paw's forest-dwelling people.
** [[spoiler:The Europeans at the end, though we don't see enough of them for them to be portrayed in a positive or negative light]].


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* TechnologicallyAdvancedFoe:
** The {{Mayincatec}} civilization to Jaguar Paw's forest-dwelling people.
** [[spoiler:The Europeans at the end, though we don't see enough of them for them to be portrayed in a positive or negative light]].
18th Apr '16 8:23:00 AM matruz
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* AluminiumChristmasTrees: Many aspects of the depiction of Mayan civilization were criticized as unrealistic, but some have basis in fact, such as the Maya did practice human sacrifice (only the movie gets the methods wrong: the Maya tended to drown victims or cut themselves to spill blood), did wear blue body paint, and their civilization still existed when the Spaniards arrived.

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* AluminiumChristmasTrees: AluminiumChristmasTrees:
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Many aspects of the depiction of Mayan civilization were criticized as unrealistic, but some have basis in fact, such as the Maya did practice human sacrifice (only the movie gets the methods wrong: the Maya tended to drown victims or cut themselves to spill blood), did wear blue body paint, and their civilization still existed when the Spaniards arrived.arrived.
** The "black panther" was criticized as MisplacedWildlife, in reality like leopards, jaguars are known to produce melanistic (aka: black furred) specimens too.
10th Apr '16 9:56:37 PM Sokudoningyou
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* AluminiumChristmasTrees: Many aspects of the depiction of Mayan civilization were criticized as unrealistic, but some have basis in fact, such as the Maya did practice human sacrifice, did wear blue body paint, and their civilization still existed when the Spaniards arrived.

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* AluminiumChristmasTrees: Many aspects of the depiction of Mayan civilization were criticized as unrealistic, but some have basis in fact, such as the Maya did practice human sacrifice, sacrifice (only the movie gets the methods wrong: the Maya tended to drown victims or cut themselves to spill blood), did wear blue body paint, and their civilization still existed when the Spaniards arrived.
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