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Apocalypto (2006)
 
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I'm not a fan of this movie even though it has some really good cinematography, sound design, make-up, costumes, locations, and some good action scenes, too. But Mel Gibson co-wrote and directed it to be over-exaggerated and hyper-violent to the point that it is so unbelievable that I just can't take it seriously. The hero of the movie, Jaguar Paw, already wounded and starving, is shot by an arrow that completely passes through his body but he is still able to outrun, all day and night and the next day, a band of not-wounded warriors and a huge black jaguar, then jump over a waterfall, then crawls through a pit of quicksand, and is able to kill off all of his pursuers, one by one. Seriously! |

After Jaguar Paw crawls through the quicksand he is covered with black mud and he has no weapons so he is forced to improvise. One of his makeshift weapons is a dart gun tipped with poison. He catches a poisonous frog, breaks off three thorns from a thorn tree, sticks the thorns into the frog to cover them with its poison, then rolls up a leaf and shoots the darts at one of his pursuers, who dies quickly.

The toad is actually a harmless toad painted yellow and black so it looks similar to one of th species of real poison arrow frog which has poisonous skin secretions that actually were used by indiginous people to poison the tips of their hunting darts. I don't know if the poison worked on humans, or worked as quickly as it does here, but it's not too far fetched because the jungle savage shooting poison darts has become such a jungle cliche that nobody questions it.
 

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