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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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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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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. A. Brown on 21 Jun. 2015
Format: DVD
As a film I think the basic cinematic grandeur of The Patriot - the battles, some of the setpieces and so on - are extremely well done and overall I've watched it on several occasions and always been entertained. However no matter how many times I watch it I still can't get over the rather sinister, nationalist undertones that seem to pervade through the whole thing. It's a bit like the film equivalent of someone who keeps telling offensive, politically motivated jokes down the pub and justifying them with the "it's only a joke mate, lighten up" line. The fact that it succeeds at being light-hearted entertainment doesn't make the basic message of it any less galling.

What annoys me isn't so much that it's a kind of American whitewashing of history, or even that it demonises the British (plenty of dreadful things were indeed done in the name of the British Empire so I have no problem with that per se). Instead it annoys me because it's simply crude, amateurish storytelling. There's so little respect for the audience that the only way the war can be portrayed is by caricaturing the two sides. It essentially sends the message that the war was fought between noble freedom loving farmers on the one hand and deranged child killing sadists draped in Union Jacks on the other. At one point it even seems to be implied that part of the aim on the American side was to abolish slavery.

And yes, much like the offensive joke down the pub, we can justify all of this by saying it's "just a film". True enough, nobody likes a know it all launching into tirades about minor inaccuracies: these two people never met, that battle didn't happen this way, such and such wasn't even born then, etc. But the narrative here is so twisted and so monumentally skewed in favour of one side, that I simply can't watch it with a clear conscience - and for that I have to give it one star.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 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'(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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