I saw this last night and it was very good. A lot of great action, especially the second half of the movie. Towards the end I wanted to stand up and yell "YEAH!!" for the main character. It looked great visually and made you really feel sympathy or rage towards the heroes and villains. I had a lot of fun and would pay to see it again.
I'll pretty much second everything you said. I saw it a few nights ago and was very pleased with it.
My friend and I got into a debate about it, though. Without spoiling the movie for others, I'll ask this:
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All of the promotional materials and reviews and interviews etc. for this movie say it's about the Mayans, but aren't there some elements in the movie that make that impossible and/or make it seem like the movie is about the Aztecs? There are a couple of things here and there, but I'm mainly talking about the 15th century Spanish ships that show up at the end.
Either way, I'd recommend the movie to anybody. Plus, there are no traces of Mel Gibson actually in the movie (if that sort of thing bothers you).
Saw it last night and have to say it's overall an excellent film. The history is actually fairly accurate until the end which is really a minor detail as this is entertainment, never presented as fact (you have to get into a bit of sci-fi mode and just sit back and enjoy it.) The queesy should be warned that there is quite a bit of graphic violence, but those were violent times. The Mayans (and Mexica (Aztecs) who followed them) literally believed that the Sun (their chief god) required human blood sacrifice to rise on a daily basis. The whole movie could also be read into as a metaphor of modern times as well, if you are so inclined to make such a connection. I say regardless of what you may think of Gibson, see this movie. His only real hand prints on it are the levity of the begining that may remind some of his Lethal Weapon days, and of course the brutality of stone age combat.
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Might as well bookend it. The series was built around the idea of playing one reality off another, illustrating the differences and using case A to progress in case B, where both cases are standard police procedural.