The Patriot 2000

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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.

Mel Gibson,Mel Gibson
2 hours, 38 minutes

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The Patriot

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Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure, Historical
Director Roland Emmerich
Starring Mel Gibson, Mel Gibson
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2007
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fortuna on 18 Nov. 2014
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Okay, let's get the criticism out of the way. This film was about as historically accurate as Braveheart. That is to say, there WAS an American Revolution, and it was fought against the British. The film is formulaic - it's the retired ex Indian fighter being forced out of retirement by dire personal tragedy, forced to commit heinous crimes in the name of justice story. John Wayne did it, why not Mel Gibson? Also, except for minor plot points, this was an off the shelf script, about as predictable as the orbits of the planets. Those are the bad points.

I enjoyed the movie. I liked it, and as an example of cinemagraphic excellence, it shines. Seamless CGI effects make the viewer feel as if they were really on an 18th century battlefield. Mel is a capable and personable enough actor to carry off this grand story with relative ease. Oh, and do they make one HATE the British! Mel must have a personal grievance against the English. The Bounty (where you again can see Mel in a ponytail) was not complimentary to Her Majesty's navy, Braveheart showed us the evil Longshanks, and now The Patriot's Colonel Tavington (Jason Isaacs) makes William Carey seem like Mother Teresa! All in all, an enjoyable film, as long as one doesn't intend to accept it as historical fact.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Aug. 2011
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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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Oh,dear Mr Gibson, whatever did we poor,benighted English ever do to you?First the plus points.The uniforms and weaponry were for the most part accurate.The battle scenes were well portayed as the bloody,messy affairs that they were.BUT!!
Killing 2 red coats at the same time with 2 brown bess muskets,fired on the run is stretching credulity to its limits.It was hard enough for a trained musketeer to hit a standing target at 100 yards,assuming the enemy was being co-operative.
The portrayal of the British command as upper class buffoons is only partly accurate.If the Redcoats had been better reinforced and better supplied,then the War of Independence would have gone the other way.Washington and his generals were in the same position as the US generals in Vietnam, trying to fight a war with politicians meddling and hampering them at every turn.A fact only briefly touched on in the film was that not all the American colonists were on the side of the Revolutionaries.This was as much a civil war as opposed to Britain and the American colonies.Treat this film as a couple of hours of interesting re enactment,but do not treat it as historically accurate.
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