Tuesday, December 12, 2006

A snuff and porn film?

The critics are beginning to weigh in on Mel Gibson's Apocalypto. Several are nauseated by the excessive violence, and more than the historical inaccuracies is the slanting of the message about the Mayan culture.

Just studied Mayan culture as part of a non-Western addition to my philosophy of education graduate course. Certainly what Gibson portrays narrows the focus, as the man appears obsessed by violence, and using violence to make his point, in the flaying of the Passion, and now the (literally!) heart-wrenching and throbbing action of this film.

Some links to reviews here, here, here, and here, thanks to Corax, who is writing on films and ancient Greece and Rome.

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