posted on Dec, 9 2006 @ 11:13 PM
I had second thoughts about seeing the movie because of the violence I saw in the previews on T.V. I went anyways, and I'm glad I did. There was
about 30 people in the movie theater on a Saturday matinee showing (4:00pm). I thought there'd be more than that on the first weekend. Most everyone
stayed for the whole movie, except for a couple in the back. I think the movie had 45 minutes left in it before they left.
The movie is deninitely grusome and there's suffering and sadness throughout the entire film. The re-enactment is amazing. All the actors were
perfect with the roles they played.
The Maya city looked like the ruins of Tikal. You can tell that one of the major scenes is a reconstruction of the North acropolis, Great Plaza and
Central Acropolis of the ancient city of Tikal. If you've seen Star Wars-A New Hope, then you've definitely seen the temple tops of Tikal (It's the
rebel base at the end of the film.) What is interesting is that Tikal participated in great wars with the surround states. Tikal would make war with
or have aliances with the surrounding states of Calakmul, El Peru, Naranjo, Dos Pilas and Caracol. Certain astronomical events would trigger an all
scale attack on a neighboring state and they called it a "star war. It was common to sacrifice captives at the temples to appease certain gods. The
Babylonians, Assyrians, Vikings and many other nations were just as cruel so don't think that the Maya were the only ones that cruel. When you see
the movie, take note of all the temples and garb everyone is wearing. These objects were once real and they're all shown in mesoamerican books.
I think Mel Gibson did a fine job. He tried to incorporate their human sacrifices, their waring with surrounding peoples, their advanced sciences (I
loved the ant thing), and their knowledge of the movements of the heavenly bodies into this film.
Don't take your date to this film. Remember you're there to watch an expensive documentary and learn some history and see some gore as well.
[edit on 9-12-2006 by lostinspace]