APOCA­LYPTO: RISE OF THE CON­QUIS­TA­DORS

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Film -

Di­rec­tor Mel Gib­son’s phe­nom­e­nal ad­ven­ture was set among the an­cient Mayans. It showed a young man fight­ing for his life in the face of – among other things – kid­nap­pings, the threat of hu­man sac­ri­fice and a jaguar. It also es­tab­lished a ter­ri­fy­ing world and showed the di­rec­tor’s knack for action scenes. But what makes Apoca­lypto most se­quel-friendly was the time pe­riod: the film sug­gests that the chaos was just beginning, as the Mayan civil­i­sa­tion was in de­cline and the con­quis­ta­dors were just about to ar­rive.

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