Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Review of New Mel Gibson Movie

Friend and colleague Traci Ardren, an anthropologist, has written this review of Mel Gibson's new movie, Apocalypto, about the Maya for Archaeology magazine. On November 16, 2006, Traci was featured on Good Morning America in a report about newly designated Wonders of the World, talking about Chichén Itzá. What a gal!

5 comments:

Chas S. Clifton said...

She writes, "I loved Gibson's film "Braveheart," I really did. But there is something very different about portraying a group of people, who are now recovering from 500 years of colonization, as violent and brutal."

A hardcare Scottish nationalist would probably have the same complaint about Braveheart.

Let's face it, all cultures, all tribes, all people have bloody hands somewhere in their history. And many of them had significant achievements too.

It's all part of the package.

Broomstick Chronicles said...

I agree, Chas.

Dharmashanti said...

I just can't bring myself to watch anymore Mel Gibson movies. It's time to send a message that bigotry and prejudice will not be tolerated.

What next? Mel Gibson's The Burning Times? I don't even want to think of what he'd do with that!

Peace,
Dharmashanti

Holli/Sekhmet said...

Here is a Time mag reviewer's scathing comment on Apocalypto:

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1565549,00.html

Yvonne said...

I was living in Soctland when Braveheart came out. I refused to go and see it because it was blatantly unhistorical (e.g. Wallace would not have worn woad) and anti-English. There's enough prejudice against the English in Scotland, without fanning the flames with that sort of nonsense.