Sunday, June 21, 2009
I can't believe I had missed this movie when it was released. Its one of the most engaging movies that I have seen. The cinematography, the story, the execution are all simply superb. Mel Gibson surely has an eye for camera angles! While watching the movie I actually thought I was running along with Jaguar Paw (name of the film's hero). The image I have picked for the movie does little justice to the movie's imagery. This is a must watch if you fancy thrillers!
The movie is set against the backdrop of the declining Maya civilization. Mel Gibson intended to draw parallels between the kind of problems that the Mayan's faced during their decline and the kind of problems our society presently faces - such as environmental damage and political corruption.
Feels good to watch a movie that adds to your knowledge of history :)
P.S. - Its funny how history gets interesting only after school. Is it just me, or does anyone else feel this way?
There are so many memorable scenes from the movie! But if I have to pick one, it has to be the one where Jaguar Paw gets Zero Wolf to walk into the trap set up for catching tapir.
Friday, June 19, 2009
IMDB rating for this movie is about 6. Hmmm.. That normally discourages me from watching a movie. But the name of the film, and more so the first few minutes intrigued me enough to go ahead. Well, I completely agree with the IMDB rating of this movie. It definitely isn't a regular IMDB 8 pointer. But despite that, I enjoyed it! I wish I had seen this movie as a teenager. How many "does he really like her? does she really like him?" discussions have I been a part of?!!
All in all, I would say watch this movie with your gal pals! And try to avoid watching it with your spouse ;)
What lingered on in my mind was what Jeniffer Connely's marriage did to her. I distinctly remember her statement "I used to be a fun person you know". She seems so pitiable in that scene - all dressed up for her husband, trying her best to save their marriage; and her husband is distracted by the presence of his young and lovely mistress Scarlet Johansson. Its a scary portrayal of the seven year itch.