3.5, United States/Canada


2006 / Mel Gibson > It’s not nearly as profound as it would like to be, but Apocalypto is nonetheless a small triumph in filmmaking. On the surface, its entertainment value is immense, with heart-wrenching moments that gnaws past one’s level of indifference. For over two hours, Gibson succeeds in keeping our attention and making us wonder what will become of our protagonist. It’s finely crafted, with enough attention to detail to stave off everyone but the best of historians. If one can get over the small awning of preachiness, the film rewards the viewer with a surprisingly believable thrill ride.