Continuity mistake: When the group encounters the little girl who foresees the future, the scars on her face move from shot to shot as dialogue takes place. In this same scene her face goes several times from very dirty to somewhat dirty.
In the very beginning, this Mayan tribe that Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) is a part of, is hunting a wild boar. Together with other tribemate, his father, and his brother, then force this pig into a trap that slams spikes into the boar. As they are celebrating the kill, another tribe wanders by only asking for permission to pass. The presumed leader of that passing tribe warns Jaguar Paw that they are fleeing because their campsite was invaded.
On the way back to camp, Jaguar Paw's father warns Jaguar Paw that he saw the fear in his eyes when they were told that the other tribe's camp was invaded. The father gives Jaguar Paw a pep talk about not having fear. That night, the tribe gathers together to hear the elders give a spiritual talk that Jaguar Paw really takes to heart. The next morning, Jaguar Paw, and his wife who is visible pregnant, are awoken by a loud barking dog. When the dog stops barking (because it was killed by an invading tribe) Jaguar Paw becomes suspicious why the dog stopped barking. He sees an invading tribe member with a torch run by and he wakes up his wife and son and they begin to run for cover as the invading tribe kills many men and rape the women while leaving the children unharmed.
Jaguar Paw takes his wife and son to a cave and lowers them into it for safety. An invading tribesman sees Jaguar Paw at the top of the cave and begins to charge to try and kill him. Jaguar Paw fights back and kills him. Even though his wife begs and pleads with him to climb down and be safe, Jaguar Paw's pride takes over and says that he has to help the others and he promises he'll be back. He manages to take out a guy or two, and just as he's about to kill another, the headmaster of the invading tribe stops the fighting. All the men and women of Jaguar Paw's tribe is taken prisoner. Jaguar Paw's father is killed right in front of him after Jaguar Paw accidentally reveals to the invading tribe who his father was. This one member of the invading tribe, seemingly the second in command, takes a liking to Jaguar Paw and deems his new name as "Almost" signifying that Jaguar Paw "almost" killed that guy.
The men and women are sent on a death march to the invading tribe's home camp. Jaguar Paw sees the presumed headmaster of the tribe that was asking for permission to pass earlier in the movie, has also been taken prisoner. Along the way, the run into a little girl who is believed by the tribe to be diseased. When she is denied help, she forewarns and foreshadows that the invading tribe will decline at the hands of a man who knows the jungle and that day will turn into night. When they get to the new camp, the women are sold as slaves and the men are forced to walk up this temple to be used as sacrifices.
Flint Sky: Those people in the forest, what did you see on them?
Jaguar Paw: I do not understand.
Flint Sky: Fear. Deep rotting fear. They were infected by it. Did you see? Fear is a sickness. It will crawl into the soul of anyone who engages it. It has tainted your peace already. I did not raise you to see you live with fear. Strike it from your heart. Do not bring it into our village.
Trivia: As a bit of an easter-egg, Mel Gibson included a single-frame of an actor dressed as Wally/Waldo from the "Where's Wally/Waldo?" book series in the theatrical version of the film. It was reportedly seen as being in poor taste, so it was removed from the initial DVD release. However, he was allegedly added back into the film for the Blu-Ray release.
Question: When they come across the girl crying over her mother's body, one of the guards says she has the sickness, and when they arrive in the city, they come across an old man who has the laughing sickness - what sicknesses are they referring to?
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