Apocalypto is lovely to watch. There are gorgeous shots, and the entire production design is stunning, a paradise of body modification and landscapes. All of the scenes in the Mayan capitol are impressive, especially the pyramids, even when there’s a severed head bouncing down the steps.
So, if you attend, that’s what you’ll get—some gorgeous visuals and an extended jungle chase scene featuring scantily clad dudes sporting tattoos and multiple piercings. But, irony aside, here’s what I suspect will happen: Apocalypto will fare poorly at the box office, and it will be attributed to Gibson’s personal actions. That might a contributing factor, but I think the reason this will happen is because audiences—especially the core crowd that made The Passion of the Christ so profitable—just aren’t so interested in movies in Mayan without stars.