The story was good and the way the 'prophecy' came about at the end was nicely handled. The acting was great with emotions, thoughts and feelings being portrayed as much non-verbally as verbally. The fights were graphic enough to feel that we weren't being mollycoddled but not over the top and the pace of the film was just right.
But none of the above matters when compared to the absolutely stunning filmography and attention to detail that is present throughout this film. Mel Gibson must have gone to the Peter Jackson school of making sure that every minute detail is 'just so' and it shows; from the weapons to the costumes to the scenery. And what scenery! Filming in jungles and rain-forests is notoriously hard but the quality of the filming was akin to the best BBC nature documentaries.
I watched this on an upscaling DVD player on a 50" plasma and it was astounding, I am definitely going to get the Blu-Ray version soon.
I recommend this film to all adults, and for once it is actually an 18 for reasons other than drugs or senseless gore. Even if 'this type of film' is not your type of film you will probably like it, there are plenty of emotional scenes, there is plenty of action, and there is more than one perspective to many of the scenes. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it as it is 'not my type of film', or so I thought!