A first look at the movie made me feel that this is some insane movie about some arbit tribe in some unknown jungles of Africa. Why did the director even think of making such a movie? But as time progressed, my opinion started changing. And it changed so drastically that as the end of the movie approached, I felt goosebumps all over my body. I felt so happy to see the villain die, to see the protagonist survive. And believe me whenever someone feels like that, it means that the movie has left a great impact on the viewer’s mind. (You can think of Matrix as an example). “Truly genuine master-piece” is the phrase I can associate to the movie.
I agree that the movie has a lot of blood-shed and violence, but I would rather say it was not meant for the weak-hearted audience in the first place. The language of the tribe was the least important thing in the movie and yet the meaning was conveyed successfully. I am already a huge fan of Mel Gibsons’ acting, and now his direction has made a deeper impact on my thoughts.
A few dialogues that I liked the most in the movie are:
Those people in the forest, what did you see on them? Fear. Deep rotting fear. They were infected by it. Did you see? Fear is a sickness. It will crawl into the soul of anyone who engages it. It has tainted your peace already. I did not raise you to see you live with fear. Strike it from your heart. Do not bring it into our village.
And a small story told by the eldest of the village:
And a Man sat alone. Drenched deep in sadness. And all the animals drew near to him and said “We do not like to see you sad. Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it.”
The Man said, “I want to have good sight.”
The Vulture said, “You shall have mine.”
The Man said, “I want to be strong.”
The Jaguar said, “You shall be strong like me.”
Then the Man said, “I long to know the secrets of the earth.”
The Serpent said, “I’ll show them to you.”
And so it went with all the animals. And when the Man had all the gifts they could give, he left.
Then the owl said to the other animals, “Now the man knows much and is able to do many things. Suddenly I’m afraid. ”
The deer said “The Man has all that he needs, now his sadnes will stop.”
But the owl replied “No. I saw a hole in the Man. Deep like a hunger he will never fill. Its what makes him sad and what makes him want. He will go on taking and taking until one day the world will say: I am no more and I have nothing left to give.“
How true! There can’t be a story better than this to describe a man’s greed.