History Film / Apocalypto

25th Jan '18 7:04:40 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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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.



* 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.
27th Dec '17 1:34:08 AM DoctorNemesis
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* BadBoss: Zero Wolf starts out as a competent chieftain and a AFatherToHisMen, but after his [[spoiler:son's tragic death]], he degenerates into completely AxeCrazy behavior against everyone around him. During the obsessive hunt through the jungle for Jaguar Paw, the slavers are motivated by fear of their boss more than anything else.

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* BadBoss: Zero Wolf starts out as a competent chieftain and a AFatherToHisMen, but after his [[spoiler:son's tragic death]], he degenerates into completely AxeCrazy behavior against everyone around him. During the obsessive hunt through the jungle for Jaguar Paw, the slavers are motivated by fear of their boss more than anything else. [[spoiler: At one point, he stabs one of his minions to death just for suggesting they climb down the cliff next to a waterfall instead of jumping like Jaguar Paw did.]]
27th Dec '17 12:58:52 AM DoctorNemesis
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* WhamShot: One for the characters as well as the audience; both Jaguar Paw and his pursuers stop everything and can do nothing but stare in astonishment at the sight of [[spoiler: the Spanish ships bearing the first Europeans to the Americas.]]
14th Nov '17 2:13:44 PM fruitstripegum
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* MeaningfulEcho: The speech made by Flint Sky about his forefathers and his descendants hunting in the forest, repeated in defiance by Jaguar Paw later on.
* MeaningfulName: Jaguar Paw, the man who brings the jaguar.


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* MeaningfulEcho: The speech made by Flint Sky about his forefathers and his descendants hunting in the forest, repeated in defiance by Jaguar Paw later on.
* MeaningfulName: Jaguar Paw, the man who brings the jaguar.
6th Sep '17 1:31:31 PM matruz
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** The scene of the solar eclipse was criticized because the people of the city become awestruck and fearful of it, when the Mayans were renowned for their knowledge in astronomy; however it's reasonable to say that such knowledge was not widespread among the common people, in fact the movie acknowledges this when it's shown that the priests timed the sacrifices to coincide with the eclipse.
22nd Jul '17 10:44:43 AM fgenzo159
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** A few seconds later, Zero Wolf makes a harder shot on a zigzagging Jaguar Paw (the previous man was running straight ahead), without even taking the time to draw and aim carefully.
1st Jun '17 7:23:41 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** And in the original cut, there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT3woa2INr8 a still frame]] of [[Literature/WheresWaldo Waldo]] lying amongst the corpses in a mass grave.

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** And in the original cut, there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT3woa2INr8 a still frame]] of [[Literature/WheresWaldo [[Literature/WheresWally Waldo]] lying amongst the corpses in a mass grave.
1st Jun '17 7:23:11 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* FreezeFrameBonus:
** At one point in one of the trailers, it turns into a rapid-firing seizure-inducing bombardment of striking images. But a single image depicts Mel Gibson standing around with his buddies on the set with a big smile on his face.
** And in the original cut, there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT3woa2INr8 a still frame]] of [[Literature/WheresWaldo Waldo]] lying amongst the corpses in a mass grave.



* FreezeFrameBonus:
** At one point in one of the trailers, it turns into a rapid-firing seizure-inducing bombardment of striking images. But a single image depicts Mel Gibson standing around with his buddies on the set with a big smile on his face.
** And in the original cut, there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT3woa2INr8 a still frame]] of [[WheresWaldo Waldo]] lying amongst the corpses in a mass grave.
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.
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