What’s black and white and red all over? “Apocalypto.” By black and white we mean there is no grey area when it comes to this film. The world is ending and the foundation of the Mayan civilization is crumbling. But for one guy, his bad day is about to get worse. Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) is a peaceful hunter from a remote forest tribe whose life is about to be changed forever when his village is raided and he is unlucky enough to be chosen as a sacrifice. (Don’t even bother playing the lottery, dude!) For some reason the Mayan leaders are convinced that his life is needed as a sacrifice to appease the gods; the Mayan deities have demanded it because they are, you know, dicks and now the brave young hunter is forced to navigate a horrific new world of fear and oppression. Jaguar Paw prepares to risk it all in one final, desperate attempt to preserve his dying way of life, his pregnant wife and young son. It’s an action adventure flick that is not to be missed.
Inspired by such ancient Mayan texts as the Popul Vuh, “Apocalypto” marks a comprehensive collaboration between director Mel Gibson (yes, that Mel Gibson), Cambridge-educated screenwriter Farhad Safinia, and world-renowned archeologist and Mayan culture expert Dr. Richard D. Hansen — whose services as a special consultant on the film lent the production an unprecedented degree of historical accuracy. But that doesn’t mean it’s boring. Far from it. It’s an apocalypse film that rivals “Armageddon” or “Independence Day,” but the actors are wearing loin cloths instead of whatever it is Ben Affleck had on his head. Trust us: You’re gonna want to see this.
“Apocalypto” airs on IFC tonight at 10:15 PM ET; Friday, May. 4 at 1:15 AM ET; Sunday, May. 27 at 8:00 PM ET; and Thursday, May. 31 at 8:00 PM ET