Friday, December 29, 2006

CRITIQUE & REVIEW: “Apocalypto" Oscar-worthy?

Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto is a very good movie, perhaps Oscar-worthy. It is very violent and gory, like the Mayan civilization it depicts. No-name actors, foreign (practically dead) language and an alien environment present average moviegoers with a lot of barriers to plunking down their movie dollars. But all who can stomach (honest) depictions of human sacrifice and the proverbial "man’s inhumanity to man" should see this fast paced and suspenseful chase movie. It is well worth the money to see it on the big screen but a wait for DVD is fine.

Look: 8.5
Story: 7
Acting: 8
Goal: 9
Intangibles: 9
Overall: 8.5

The above scores are based on a 10-point scale.

  • Look has to do with the visual artistry of the film.
  • Story rates the how compelling the film’s plot is.
  • Acting rates the overall performances of the actors.
  • Goal measures the success of the film at accomplishing its goal… does a comedy make you laugh, does a thriller cause goose bumps.
  • Intangibles score any special circumstances or accomplishments the movie deserves to be recognized for.
  • Overall rating is not an average of the other categories, just this reviewer’s impression of the entire work and how I would rate the film to a friend.

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