The Patriot 2000

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(159) IMDb 7.1/10
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Benjamin Martin is a reluctant hero who is swept into the American Revolution when the war reaches his home and threatens his family. Martin had renounced fighting forever to raise his family in peace.

Starring:
Mel Gibson, Joely Richardson
Runtime:
2 hours 38 minutes

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The Patriot

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure, Historical
Director Roland Emmerich
Starring Mel Gibson, Joely Richardson
Supporting actors Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs, Chris Cooper, Lisa Brenner, Tchéky Karyo, Tom Wilkinson, Rene Auberjonois
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 Nov 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Okay, I'm going to nail my colors to the mast here: not only do I like Roland Emmerich's The Patriot, but I also think it's also a damn good film, and not just because so many films about the Revolutionary War are so pitifully bad (Revolution, cough cough). While it is driven by the simplistic revenge motif that all American epics seem to need to stand a chance at the box-office, it does give a good sense of the slow progress of the war as it deteriorated from a `civilized' confrontation waged according to the rules of battle to an increasing vicious guerrilla war for survival. The battles are convincingly brutal and for perhaps the first time in a movie it shows how cannonballs were really used - not as explosives but to smash their way through the flesh and bone of the opposing ranks of soldiers.

Yes, it glosses over the real Swamp Fox's racism in favor of an idealized vision of racial harmony and it invents a church-burning incident redolent of old anti-Nazi propaganda films (revenge on Herr Director's part, perhaps?), but it's not quite as simplistic as that. For much of the first half Mel Gibson's character takes no prisoners himself, taking genuine pleasure in killing surrendering British troops until he persuaded to stop more for propaganda reasons than moral ones. Similarly, it points out that this was initially very much a civil war, with colonial settlers divided among themselves over where their loyalties lay (people tend to forget that rather than Americans vs. British, it was British vs. British at that time). Certainly history gets a better deal here than it did in Gibson's own Braveheart. And give it credit for at least not having Gibson stab the bad guy with Old Glory.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Aug 2011
Format: DVD
The Patriot is based around one Benjamin Martin, an ex-soldier, who now happily living as a family man finds himself thrust into conflict at the break of the American Revolution.

He loves the Brits does Mel Gibson, Gallipoli, Braveheart and here with The Patriot, see the pattern anyone? As with the aforementioned Gallipoli and Braveheart, certain liberties have also been taken with events in The Patriot so as to glossy up for the eager Hollywood contingent. It's not my want to scribble about the facts of Benjamin Martin {Re:Francis Marion}, or William Wallace for that matter, information as such is but a mere click away on the world wide web.

So casting aside the artistic licence factors, is The Patriot any good? Well nearly it is--nearly. Gibson is fine, he shoulders the burden of the film with great gusto and no shortage of emotional depth. It's very easy to accept him as a staunch family man who transforms into a blood thirsty warrior. The problems, acting wise, lay away from Gibbo's central performance. Surrounded by caricature villains {tho Jason Isaacs' Tavington is deliciously vile} and underwritten characters {Chris Cooper wasted and Joely Richardson is but a mere prop}, Gibson has no choice but to hog the screen. So much so it ultimately turns into a one man star vehicle, which for a costume war epic isn't a great thing really.

Roland Emmerich (Independence Day and Godzilla) directs and handles the battle sequences very well, there's lashings of blood as men line up to shoot and dismember one and other. While cannonball's whizz, bang and tear off body parts, it's grim, yet oddly rousing stuff. Not even the overtly flag waving and sloganeering on show can off set the impact of the well constructed battles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Never2old on 27 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
Absolute tatt - does for the revolutionary war what U751 did for the battle for enigma ie complete rubbish. Good cast; appalling script. Fantastical caricatures: all here and present. Some class war there. And WW2 war-crimes sown in too. Hideously inaccurate. More people need to read some history: fiction is fine; blatant anti-British nonsense is another.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Dec 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This for me was another 'Movie' re-visit.
Many States line up to declare 'Independence' from the 'British' occupation
under the rule of 'King George 111'
'Benjamin Martin' a former 'War-Hero' wants no part of the uprising putting
his seven children his first priority, however his elder son 'Gabriel' doesn't
share his fathers point of view, he enlists to fight the British.
'Benjamin' will not be able to ignore what's going on around him for long, a
change of heart comes when his home is violated and his 17 year old son is
shot by a British Officer without blinking his eye, so to speak.
'Gabriel' now seeks vengeance for his loss, the enemy will pay a high price
for the brutality of 'Colonel William Tavington'
The British officer has awoken an adversary that will come to be known as
'The Ghost'
The film depicts some of the darker side of war as well as much in the way of
excellent action and battle sequences.
The action scenes are frequently graphic, a no-holds-barred movie set during
the 'War of Independence'
The film did not really take off here in the U.K despite being an excellent
film, perhaps the depiction of British brutality and disregard for human life
as depicted during the film played it's part.
There is not much in the way of additional features just: 'The art of War
featurette' and 'The true Patriots featurette' (Neither presented in the
'Blu-Ray' format........The film of course has had the Format upgrade
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