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The Patriot 2000

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, Heath Ledger
2 hours, 38 minutes

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Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure, Historical
Director Roland Emmerich
Starring Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger
Supporting actors Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs, Chris Cooper, Tchéky Karyo, Rene Auberjonois, Lisa Brenner, Tom Wilkinson, Donal Logue, Leon Rippy, Adam Baldwin, Jay Arlen Jones, Joey D. Vieira, Gregory Smith, Mika Boorem, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Trevor Morgan, Bryan Chafin, Logan Lerman
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 10 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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What a strange collection this is. and I make no apologies for the simplicity of the review. If you want details, call up the films individually. Each disc appears to be identical to it's individual disc version [I have the first two and bought this for The Messenger as this was cheaper than purchasing the individual disc] so if it works out cheaper get this, it's virtually buy one get 2 films free.
The Patriot is an American War of independence movie made in 2000 featuring Mel Gibson as a reluctant widower drawn into the conflict after his son is arrested by the British. The film is based on four 'heroes' of the revolution but historical accuracy is seriously flawed. The film has a number of gruesome fight scenes and contains much violence. A decent *** adventure/action movie, but lacks real substance or accuracy.
Glory is an account of the first 'Afro-American' [if that's politically correct] regiment in the American Civil War and was filmed in 1989 and released at the end of the year. The story is seen through the eyes of their white commanding officer, whose real life letters the film is mostly based on. It follows the regiment from formation to its bloodying at Fort Wagner. Well acted [generally] its a moving story and deserves a **** rating. However its not all blood and guts as there is surprisingly little fighting.
Joan of Arc :the messenger is set in France in the middle ages and has nothing to do with the others. This 1999 film version may upset many as it shows Joan [brilliantly played by Milla Jovovich] not as a calm and collected individual but as a deeply troubled one who is led by her deep beliefs and frustrated by those around her.
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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'(Mel Gibson) 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 pricefor the brutality of 'Colonel William Tavington'(Jason Isaacs) 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 portrayal 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 successfully i might add.
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