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Buy The Messenger; get others for free!!!
on 12 January 2015
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. The sets and costumes are highly convincing and the politics are not glossed over, showing that all sides; English, Burgundian, French and the various church factions all had high stakes in the outcome -a true travesty of justice. With plenty of action and gore galore, this is a definite **** but I'd like to give it a ***** for its bravery in looking at it from a differing and controversial perspective, even if it does falsify Joans early life and the misrepresented attack on her village.
All-in -all a deserving **** collection.