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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grand old-fashioned epic
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...
Published on 10 Nov 2007 by Trevor Willsmer

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3.0 out of 5 stars Here's Mel to give the Brits an inaccurate historical thrashing, again...
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...
Published on 11 Aug 2011 by Spike Owen


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5.0 out of 5 stars A grand old-fashioned epic, 10 Nov 2007
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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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.

Don't use it as a history lesson by any means, though it's not quite the travesty outraged tabloids have implied, but as a lavish, old-fashioned epic, complete with a cast of thousands (even if many of them are digital), glorious widescreen photography and a fine score by John Williams. Unfortunately, while the theatrical cut boasts a good array of extras, not all of them - the audio commentary by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, stills gallery and trailers in particular - have not been carried over to the extended cut.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic, predictable, historically questionable, but fun., 18 Nov 2014
This review is from: The Patriot [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Here's Mel to give the Brits an inaccurate historical thrashing, again..., 11 Aug 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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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. There is of course lots of tragedy to be found in the film, and these are some what surprisingly, tenderly handled by Emmerich, but mostly it's via an on song Gibson, who remains one of the few modern day male actors capable of believable grief. All of this given a John Williams score that suitably flits between rousing and ethereal, and things are further boosted by the sumptuous photography from Caleb Deschanel.

There should have been more thought given to the racial {slaves} aspects in the conflict, and this coupled with the bad errors of under developed characters hurts The Patriot. Not so as to stop it being entertaining, but more to stop it being a one man show. But as it is, thanks in the main to Gibson, and in spite of its faults, it's an above average drama. 6/10
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gibson's obsession does not always work !, 28 Jan 2014
This review is from: The Patriot [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
A few years after his blockbuster triumph "Braveheart" Gibson apparently decided that ,since being a Scottish legend proved to be a very lucrative idea,why not become an all American legend as well ? After all Americans outnumber the Scots about 70/1 ( and they also are slightly more gullible....) so success must be an inevitability .
If only movies (....and real life...) worked that way.But they do not.
Patriot is not a bad movie.It is not a very good one,either.It simply is "viewable".It is a pseudo historical tale,meant to appeal to the average American.And it does-to a point only.But quality wise it idoes not even come close to Braveheart.
Oddly enough(,,,,perhaps not so much...) what enthused me most was the supporting cast.Tom Wilkinson is Lord Cornwallish reincarnated ! What a pleasure to watch this great actor hold the legendary British actors tradition so high ! Jason Isaacs gives an outstanding performance as Colonel William Tavington:And the untimely demised Heath Ledger is,as usual,an excellent Gabriel Martin:(,the "hero's" son).
Apart from that,as well as a couple of beautifully orchestrated battles,there is nothing else really meriting mention.
You may watch this movie.You will have a pleasant couple of hours.Nothing more than that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'BEFORE THIS WAR ENDS - 'I WILL 'KILL' YOU', 25 Dec 2013
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rbmusicman (U.K) - See all my reviews
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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' 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes, 19 Mar 2010
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Peter M. (Queensland, Australia) - See all my reviews
Excellent Blu-ray transfer of a film that was always good to look at.The colours are vibrant and the detail clarity is of a very high order for a Blu-ray transfer. Forget the historical accuracy and simply enjoy the film for it's broad sweep and fabulous cinematography. Highly recommended.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Patriot..., 19 Oct 2008
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Grev (Brighton) - See all my reviews
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...Wherein a German filmmaker by the name of Roland Emerich makes a film where evil British Redcoats commit a vile atrocity against American freedom fighters... an atrocity that in reality was perpetrated by German troops against French villagers in WWII. Nice one Roland. What are you going to do next - make a film where the British gas 12 million people in Auschwitz before the plucky German freedom fighters come to the rescue?
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Historically Hysterical, But The Cavalry Save The Day!, 18 Nov 2005
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As the biographer of a Scots officer killed in the Southern Campaigns of the American War, and having visited one of the locations during filming in 1999, I can say this film is historically hysterical. The script is trite, every plot 'twist' more or less signposted in neon lights, and the white-washing (I use that word deliberately) of slavery and the attribution of WW2 SS atrocities to the British Legion despicable and morally irresponsible. The geography is a little odd and the chronology is off-beam (the British occupying Charleston in 1778 instead of 1780? The battle of Cowpens in October 1780, instead of Jan. '81? ). There's the usual confusion of referring to 'England' and 'the English' when 'Britain' and 'British' are meant, which really annoys the rest of us over here! Even the uniforms of the Legion (a Loyal American unit) have been changed from green to red with green facings so US audiences will know which side they're on! - exactly as happened in Alan Alda's comedy 'Sweet Liberty'! 'The Patriot' is a flag-waving farrago (literally - there's a lot of homing-in on flags and crosses, and a flag gets used in what I'd've thought the US would consider a most disrespectful way versus a hapless SFX horse!). It's deeply offensive to those of us whose families suffered at the hands of the real-life equivalent of the film's 'heroes'. It has also annoyed the fellow-citizens and family of the former Liverpool MP on whom the anti-hero is clearly meant to be based, who was by no means as bad as Rebel propaganda and the film portrayed... However, it gets 3 stars from me for the following: a) The cinematography is beautiful, as are the women's costumes (though Charlotte (Joely Richardson) doesn't dress like a widow!). b) It does have some thrilling cavalry charges. There's a lot of boring jingoistic schmaltz to wade through between the bits where the Dragoons turn up, but they make it worthwhile... Just listen for the hoof-beats! c) There's a cracking swashbuckler of a scene in a small-scale skirmish, with the young Dragoon Colonel Will Tavington (Jason Isaacs) getting stuck into the Rebs with sabre in one hand, pistol in the other. In the '1066 & All That' phrase, "extremely dashing in all directions", and looking very, erm... Byronic (hair down, shirt open)! (Why I went to see it *twice*!) 'The Patriot' will improve on being watched in a double-bill with Alan Alda's 'Sweet Liberty', which I know the crew were watching on video while they were making it! That film was truly prophetic!
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Specifications, 24 Jun 2009
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Good movie - but not as good as Braveheart.

All official EU-Languages are as subtitles on this Blu Ray beside Italian, German and the Baltic Languageas.
I can't understand Columbia Pictures why Italian and German are missing....

Audio: English PCM 5.1, Czech 5.1, French 5.1, Polish 5.1

Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean, Norwegain, Polish, Portuguese, Romnanina, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

Special Features:
- The Art of war featurette
- The true patriots featurette

EAN: 5050629044119
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shake the Pail, 17 Nov 2014
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More Gibson quality, Eastwood and Duvall Wayne and De Niro Walken and Pacino all did similar reviews of American conflict and society and I bought the book as well but if you can stand Ride with the Devil this compliments that deep review and The Outlaw Josey Wales. This does set the USA Independence issues in context as film should and it is well acted correct level, not over stressed, it appears to be accurate and will annoy The British colonialists as should East Africa Mau Mau days information, somebody has to shake the pail and see what cream rises and this is it.
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