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Patriot

A movie directed by Roland Emmerich

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"They can take our lives, but they can't take our freedom!"

  • May 2, 2004
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Rating:
-1
Pros: Heath Ledger is absolutely gorgeous; nice sets and costumes

Cons: script; too much symbolism; plot circles around Mel Gibson and not his character

The Bottom Line: Not my type of movie. Too gory, too long.

Oh. Whoops. That was a quote from a different Mel Gibson movie.

Don't get me wrong; I love Mel Gibson. I liked him in this movie, too. However, he paled in comparison to his costar Heath Ledger. The rest of the cast was relatively bland. There is no need for any other special mention. The plot was the problem.

Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is a legend of a soldier due to his actions in the French-Indian War. He reluctantly becomes a soldier in the Continental Army's Militia, since his eldest son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger), is determined to fight. The Revolutionary War occurs, and Martin is a colonel of his rebel branch of the militia. War happens, as we've read in our history books, and the Continental Army wins. There are lots of subplots, such as the love between Gabriel and Anne (Lisa Brenner), the way the British destroyed villages looking for the Ghost (as Martin was called), and the problems going on with the Martin family.

When my mother told me that The Patriot was based on a true story, I laughed. Of course it was based on a true story! All of the action took place during the Revolutionary War. But, they say that the Benjamin Martin story is real. I'm not a history buff, so I don't know about that. However, I wouldn't claim a movie like this "based on a true story" as it is historical fiction. Much like the dilemma with The Perfect Storm, there's no one alive to verify the movie's facts.

The cinematography was great, but it sometimes got too swept up in the symbolism of everything. For example, the panning up the burning church and focusing on the cross was a little too much. The audience knows what point was getting across. I mean, really.

The script just touted Gibson as a hero. Certainly, Gibson was the star of the film, but there were certain parts that should have been given to Gabriel. I don't want to ruin anything, but watch the part where it seems like Gabriel is the last man standing. it's completely unnecessary.

This film is an epic. I am so glad that I saw this film in the comfort of my uncle's living room. I had to go to the bathroom, and I had no problem getting up and heading to my bathroom. In the theatre, it's a huge pain in the neck. Also, we had plenty of snacks. Three hours is just way too long for a film like this. I felt like I lived the Revolutionary War after this film.

There is a lot of gore, and we had to constantly kick out the younger kids that kept trying to peek in and watch. For example, a guy's head is torn off with a cannonball. oh, yeah. That's quality entertainment.

I didn't like Braveheart. The Patriot is basically Braveheart, only set in America.

Recommended:
No

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review by . May 02, 2004
Pros: Heath Ledger is absolutely gorgeous; nice sets and costumes     Cons: script; too much symbolism; plot circles around Mel Gibson and not his character     The Bottom Line: Not my type of movie. Too gory, too long.     Oh. Whoops. That was a quote from a different Mel Gibson movie.      Don't get me wrong; I love Mel Gibson. I liked him in this movie, too. However, he paled in comparison to his costar Heath Ledger. …
review by . July 04, 2000
Pros: Realistic Battle scenes, depliction of family...     Cons: A slow start at the beginning...     The men who gave birth to this nation in 1776 were a rare breed of men indeed. They were simple farmers, artisans, hunters, trappers, and tradesmen and yet they were responsible for two of the nations most treasured documents and arbiters of great intellectually thought. They were all patriots and I wonder in what regard they would hold us if they were to …
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Mel Gibson stars in this action-packed historical drama from the director of INDEPENDENCE DAY and GODZILLA. Gibson portrays Benjamin Martin, an unassuming South Carolina widower who is forced to join the American Revolution when the British threaten to take his farm away from him. Together with his patriotic son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger), the pair faces the vicious Redcoats with a heroism that reflects the stubborn pride of a young country's most dedicated supporters. THE PATRIOT is a sweeping epic adventure that sheds light on America's past, and at the same time entertains audiences.
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Director: Roland Emmerich
Release Date: 2000
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (May 28, 2002)
Runtime: 2hr 45min
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