Negative real rates of return, part II

by on December 8, 2006 at 5:50 pm in Film | Permalink

Apocalypto, yes storage costs for goods are positive in the movie.  The film is about theology; virtually frame-by-frame it is commentary on Passion of the Christ, the Bible, or both.  Call it mishnah, if you wish; the reviews I read didn’t get this at all.  The movie’s central question is what the idea of a miracle, or salvation, can mean in a non-Christian world.  I found it remarkable, but I can’t imagine it drawing many viewers beyond the curious, the omnivorous, the Mayan, and the deeply committed.

Here is my previous post on negative rates of return.  Comments are open, but if you wish to simply complain about Mel Gibson, please use this old space.

Addendum: Here are reviews.

Steve Sailer December 8, 2006 at 7:15 pm

Your thoughts on Apocalypto sound fascinating. Could you elaborate?

Bartolome de las casas December 9, 2006 at 12:37 am

Yes. Teasingly allusive and elusive. I’m curious. That moment of cultural collision is one of the most deeply jarring that the world has known, yet is so overlooked. There’s cinematogra[hic treasure there to be mined. Anything there? Or no?

Tyler Cowen December 9, 2006 at 8:03 am

Imaagine retelling the story of the crucifixion, only it is not the son of God on the cross. How would it differ? I don’t want to give any more away.

Note also the story is about the latter Mayans (who of course are still with us), not the Mayans at their peak, so it is not set well before the time of Columbus.

Ray G December 9, 2006 at 2:24 pm

I’m not real big on movies, and will not likely be seeing this one either, but I did notice that the same parties that are usually defending the sex and violence output of Hollywood are focusing like a laser on Gibson’s penchant for gore and violence in getting his point across.

dj superflat December 11, 2006 at 4:37 pm

i thought it was a great movie, like tyler’s reading.

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