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The Patriot (2000)

Cast: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Tcheky Karyo, Jason Isaacs, Tom Wilkinson, Chris Cooper, Lisa Brenner, Rene Auberjonois

Director(s): Roland Emmerich

Language: English

Genre: Not Selected / Unknown

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The emotionally charged adventure The Patriot tells the story of Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson), a reluctant hero who is swept into the American Revolution when the war reaches his farm and the British endanger what he holds most dear. He takes up arms alongside his idealistic patriot son, Gabriel, and leads a rebel American Militia into battle against a relentless and overwhelming Redcoat army. In the process, he discovers that the only way to protect his family is to fight for a young nation's l... [Get complete synopsis]


Deril wrote on May 12, 2005, 10:42 am
I loved Braveheart, and then when I saw the preview for this, I didn't think I'd like it but I did. This was just as good, if not better than Braveheart. So sad when his son gets shot at the beggining here. What I loved is how Gibson's character starts off as a peaceful, family man (single father with 6 kids)...once war is declared on his family, he INSTANTLY turns into a killing machine. The scene where the villagers are burned alive in the church is very upsetting.
Jefferygn wrote on May 12, 2005, 10:54 am
Mood: Sick of Gibson (and while we're at it Madonna and the Rolling Stones too!)
What is with all the Mel-I'm-a-raging-anti-semite-arch-conservative-MF- Gibson movies?! Especially coming from a nice Dead Sea Pedestrian such as yourself...

The Passion of the Christ was so terrible that it negates all of his previous work.
MasterWoodsman wrote on May 12, 2005, 2:10 pm
Mood: I really should be working now.
I really liked this also. Great story and great action. The bad guy was especially nasty.

Jeffy, I don't think you can put a bomb on a movie just because you didn't like another one. What are you, Mitch?
Deril wrote on May 12, 2005, 2:19 pm
Jeff, I am now NOT a Gibson fan, I refuse to support anti-semetic movies etc... But before he made the Passion (which I refuse to watch) he actually made some good movies, and most of the planet loved this guy.
motleymitch wrote on May 13, 2005, 3:35 pm
Eat my ass 'Master Woodsman'. I can BOMB whatever I want, just like Dubya!
I didn't see this though, mostly because I didn't like Braveheart and it looked basically the same.
motleymitch wrote on December 5, 2007, 4:50 pm
U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
Wait, isn't Mel Gibson Australian??
Anyways, whaddaya take when you throw Braveheart into a blender with the American Revolution and a lot of artistic license? Yup.
The battle scenes were excellent, I liked when Mel went all Rambo on about 20 men, and bonus points for a graphic cannonball decapitation, but in between was tedium. I could've done without the family subplots and would've liked more behind the scenes battle strategies. Tom Wilkinson was amazing as Cornwallis and his face-to-face truce meeting with Gibson was well-played.
What made this more entertaining for me was the fact that I watched on my laptop, and sped up the boring parts so that everyone was moving at Benny Hill pace and talking like chipmunks. It made the movie go faster and was hilarious! I had the captions on so I didn't miss a word. The funny thing is, the final battle scene had so much slo-mo, that the fast forward didn't even seem to be on at points. Maybe this is the way to watch 'The Passion Of The Christ'.
I'm sure had I watched the entirety in regular mode, I'd have been bored to tears during the non-battle sequences.
Oh, and Deril - the younger son getting shot at the beginning? That kid had 'red shirt' tattooed right on his ugly forehead. That'll learn him.
Jason Isaacs was a superb villain, if a little too cartoonish. Oh, those silly Revolutions!

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