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Apocolypto Summary The film begins with a boy, Jaguar Paw, his father Flint, and their fellow tribesmen hunting tapir in the Mesoamerican jungle. Then they encounter a procession of traumatized and fearful refugees. The procession's leader explains that their lands have been ravaged, and asks for Flint Sky's permission to pass through the jungle. When Jaguar Paw and his tribesmen return to their village, Flint Sky tells his son not to let the procession's state of fear seep into him. The next morning, Jaguar Paw wakes from a nightmare to see strangers enter the village and set the huts on fire. The raiders, led by Zero, attack the villagers. Jaguar Paw slips out with his pregnant wife and his little son Turtles Run, lowering them on a vine into a small cave to hide them. Jaguar Paw returns to the village to fight the raiders but is subdued with the rest of the tribe. A raider whom Jaguar Paw attacks and almost kills, the vicious Middle Eye, slits Flint Sky's throat while Jaguar Paw helplessly watches. Before the raiders leave the village with their prisoners, one suspicious raider severs the vine leading into the ground cave, trapping Jaguar Paw's wife and son within. The raiders and their captives travel toward the Maya city, encountering razed forests, failed maize crops, slaves producing plaster, and the sick and dying. A small diseased girl prophesies that a man bringing the jaguar will bring the raiders to those who will scratch out the earth and end their world. In the city's outskirts, the female captives are sold as slaves and the males are escorted to the top of a step pyramid. The high priest sacrifices several captives by decapitating them after pulling out their beating hearts. When Jaguar Paw is about to be sacrificed, a solar eclipse stays the priest's hand. He looks at the king, sitting nearby, and the two share a smile while the uneducated commoners

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