Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Apocalypto (Touchstone Movie)

“Apocalypto” is a historical adventure film released in 2006, directed and produced by Mel Gibson. The movie is set in ancient Mesoamerica during the declining period of the Maya civilization. The film is primarily spoken in the Yucatec Maya language with English subtitles.

The story revolves around a young hunter named Jaguar Paw (played by Rudy Youngblood) who lives with his tribe in a remote jungle. One day, their village is attacked by a group of marauding Mayan warriors, led by a ruthless ruler named Zero Wolf (Raoul Trujillo).

In the violent raid, the warriors capture many villagers, including Jaguar Paw’s pregnant wife and son. As Jaguar Paw escapes capture, he embarks on a perilous journey to rescue his family and return to his village before it’s too late.

“Apocalypto” is known for its intense and visceral portrayal of survival and the struggle for freedom. The film depicts the harsh realities of the ancient world, showing the brutality of human sacrifice, the perils of the jungle, and the cruelty of warfare.

Mel Gibson’s direction is lauded for its immersive and visceral style, drawing the audience into the vividly portrayed ancient Mesoamerican world. The film features remarkable cinematography by Dean Semler, capturing the beauty and brutality of the jungle landscapes.

The use of authentic Mayan languages and cultural elements adds to the film’s authenticity and historical accuracy, providing a glimpse into the ancient civilization’s rituals and practices.

Upon its release, “Apocalypto” received positive reviews from critics and was praised for its ambitious storytelling and technical achievements. While some critics raised concerns about its violence, the film’s depiction of survival and resilience resonated with audiences who appreciated its intense and gripping narrative.

“Apocalypto” remains a touchstone film for those interested in historical epics, ancient civilizations, and survival stories. The film’s powerful storytelling and portrayal of the human spirit’s indomitable nature continue to make it a memorable and impactful cinematic experience.

Additional Details


  • Rudy Youngblood: Jaguar Paw
  • Dalia Hernández: Seven
  • Itandehui Gutierrez: Wife
  • Jonathan Brewer: Blunted
  • Mayra Serbulo: Young Woman
  • Morris Birdyellowhead: Flint Sky
  • Carlos Emilio Báez: Turtles Run
  • Amílcar Ramírez: Curl Nose
  • Israel Contreras: Smoke Frog
  • Israel Ríos: Cocoa Leaf
  • María Isabel Díaz: Mother-in-Law
  • Iazúa Laríos: Sky Flower
  • Raoul Trujillo: Zero Wolf
  • Gerardo Taracena: Middle Eye
  • Rodolfo Palacios: Snake Ink
  • Ariel Galván: Hanging Moss
  • Fernando Hernandez: High Priest
  • Rafael Velez: Maya King
  • Diana Botello: Maya Queen
  • Bernardo Ruiz Juárez: Drunkards Four
  • Ricardo Díaz Mendoza: Cut Rock
  • Richard Can: Ten Peccary
  • Carlos Ramos: Monkey Jaw
  • Ammel Rodrigo Mendoza: Buzzard Hook
  • Marco Antonio Argueta: Speaking Wind
  • Aquetzali García: Oracle boy
  • Gabriela Marambio: Close-Up Mayan Girl
  • María Isidra Hoil: Sick Oracle Girl
  • Abel Woolrich: Laughing man


  • Director: Mel Gibson
  • Producers: Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey
  • Writer: Mel Gibson and Farhad Safinia

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