It's so refreshing to see a movie that takes you to a time and place you know nothing about and puts you in the character's shoes, feeling their fear and anxiety. Apocalypto does just this and does it very well. We take a journey through the eyes of Jaguar Paw, as his village is razed and he is led to a different civilization. One plagued with violence in which he barely escapes. The movie turns into a game of cat-and-mouse halfway through that kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what I was going to see happen next. Mel Gibson does a great job of building suspense and making the viewer form a bond with Jaguar Paw making you want him to succeed at all costs. The movie is very violent in nature but this is a plus as it adds to the realism and makes you realize what is at stake for Jaguar Paw.