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Intense historical epic film
Member Name: mpamike5
Date: 03/01/09, updated on 10/01/09 (60 review reads)
Advantages: Riveting, adrenalin pumping, action packed film
Disadvantages: Quite violent
I wasn't looking forward to this film but when my wife finally convinced me, I must admit, I really did enjoy watching it,
The film is mainly centred around a young warrior called Jaguar Paw, and it is set in the twylight days of the mysterious South American Mayan civilisation. The film follows Jaguar Paw whose tribe is slaughtered by hunters. He is captured and taken to the Mayan city where he faces the same harrowing death as many other prisoners. Driven by the power of his love for his family, he manages to escape, and is pursued by the hunters. A frantic adrenaline pumping jungle chase ensues. To add to the tension, this is all happening while his wife and young son are stuck in a hole in the ground as the heavy rain pours in.
Once the actual chase starts, this film is absolutely 'a thrill a minute entertainment' as it is full of familiar cliched scenes including waterfall jumps, quicksand, poison darts, and head-chopping but all this merely adds to the drama, and somehow makes the film more 'Reality' rather than 'Hollywood'
Whilst this film was written/directed and produced by Mel Gibson it is the quality of the actors, who are all indigenous Americans, that make this film universally first-class.
I strongly recommend you watch this film, and you will be glued to the telly throughout. One word of warning though, there is a lot of violence and there are violent scenes throughout.
Summary: Thrill a Minute