Do you think this will have to do with the fact that the Mayans have predicted that the world will end on the 23rd of December 2012? (Since the name of the movie is Apocalypto
The Mayans made no such prediction, The Mayan calendar is the most accurate created by humans. There are no leap years or other types of errors. It does create some odd time periods. There are no "months" or "weeks" in the way you and I might think of them. The calendar is like a series of cogs that turn on each other. It's a stunning achievement, especially considering that it was entirely conceptual, the Mayans did not use wheels as best as we know. So they had to imagine the complex workings unless one were a member of the preistly class. The smallest wheels were days, and the largest were 5200 year cogs. The Mayans charted back 7 of these "mega-cycles," but went no further forward than the current one, which happens to end on the date you have referenced.
The calendar doesn't end, instead it is a sad chapter in our world's history. The Mayans simply didn't survive as a civilization long enough for the priestly class to be able to set the dates of the next cycle.
I asked my professor, Dr. Wihr, one class about why they charted so far back in time, but not forward. His answer was typical of academics; "Why don't you tell us?" It wound up being my undergrad thesis. Simply put: ancestor worship.
The notion that the Mayans predicted the end of the world is a commonly held one, very deeply entrenched in popular culture. Even the modern day Mayans have seized on it to turn a buck.
Whew, now for the thread. This is reportedly spoken in ancient Mayan (which will be conjecture since no one knows ancient Mayan) in the way Gibson had all the dialogue of "The Passion of the Christ" in ancient but contemorary languages. Looks good.
Men who lie, merely hide the truth; but men who tell half-lies, have forgotten where they put it--Samuel Clemens