December 14, 2006

War on Iraq = human sacrifice

Mel Gibson criticizes Iraq war at film festGibson, 50, drew parallels between the collapsing Mayan civilization depicted in the movie and the United States at a screening Friday at the Fantastic Fest in Austin, the Hollywood Reporter said Monday.

“The precursors to a civilization that’s going under are the same, time and time again,” the actor-director said after a screening of an unfinished cut of “Apocalypto,” his first directorial effort since “The Passion of the Christ.”

“What’s human sacrifice if not sending guys off to Iraq for no reason?” he said at the festival, which is devoted to new science fiction, horror and fantasy films.
Comment:  Several critics have assessed the alleged parallels and found them to be wanting. But I include them for the sake of argument. <g>

Also note that the Maya civilization may have collapsed through no fault of its own. If that's the case, Gibson's comparision would be false and specious.

1 comment:

gita said...

i thought about the movie, hearing about mel gibson making parallels to the war in iraq, and it made sense to me, but i was thinking of them in a different way. i was thinking more along the lines of the mayans being the iraqis, who were hurting themselves (as the iraqis were doing during saddam's reign) and the conquistadors being america, who seemingly came to help, yet ended up hurting the mayans/iraq even more so.