Thursday, June 29, 2006

The latest from Hollywood Gibson's 'Apocalypto' tells story of Maya
Mel Gibson is filming "Apocalypto" in a Mexican jungle, a film which may or may not be an accurate historical portrayal of the Maya's ancient civilization.

Regardless, historians and educators are looking forward to seeing his interpretation of the little-understood Mayan culture, which dominated Central America from as early as 600 B.C. to about 850 A.D. Scholars hold differing opinions about how and why the civilization collapsed, whether from war, drought or political failure, USA Today reported.

Couple things in there aren't terribly relevant critiques, such as filming it in a location the Maya never lived in. That's like ripping James Cameron for not filming Titanic in the north Atlantic in April. But one would hope it's not totally fact-free. Hard to think of any mainline movies that have been made of South American civilizations. . .Egypt, yeah. Rome, yeah. The Maya? Terra incognita.