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Aimed directly at a mainstream audience, The Patriot qualifies as respectable entertainment, but anyone expecting a definitive drama about the American Revolution should look elsewhere. Rising above the blatant crowd pleasing of Stargate, Independence Day, and Godzilla, director Roland Emmerich crafts a marvelous re-creation of South Carolina in the late 1770s (aided immeasurably by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel), and Robert Rodat's screenplay offers the same balance of epic scale and emotional urgency that elevated his earlier script for Saving Private Ryan. Unfortunately, Emmerich embraces clichés and hackneyed melodrama that a more gifted director would have avoided. Instead of attempting a truly great film about the most pivotal years of American history, Emmerich settles for a standard revenge plot with the Revolutionary War as an incidental backdrop.
On those terms, the film is engrossing and sufficiently intelligent, especially when militia leader Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) cagily negotiates with British General Cornwallis (Tom Wilkinson) in one of the most rewarding scenes. For the most part, the story concerns Martin's anguished quest for revenge against ruthless redcoat Colonel Tavington (played with snide relish by Jason Isaacs), and the rise to manhood of Martin's eldest son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger), whose battlefield honor exceeds even that of his brutally volatile father. At its best, The Patriot conveys the horror of war among innocent civilians, and the epic battle scenes, while by no means masterful, are graphically intense and impressive. And although Ledger's love interest (Lisa Brenner) is too bland to register much emotion, the focus on family (which frequently relegates the war to background history) provides a suitable vehicle for Gibson, who matches his achievement in Braveheart with an effectively brooding performance. --Jeff Shannon
Excellent movie. Didn't expect the humor but the timing of it was perfect in an otherwise dramatic film.Published 4 days ago by Sactowngirl
A classic American movie showing the cost of freedom from foreign dominance.Published 6 days ago by Ronald Hera
I use this movie in my middle school social studies class when teaching the American Revolution to my 7th graders. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Vonda Lawrence
Great movie! . . . Revisited with my class for a framework of the American RevolutionPublished 9 days ago by Educator57
Extended Cut is great! If you are familiar with this movie, you will definitely be able to pick out the extra scenes. If you don't own this movie, but this copy. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amanda Truck
A Mel Gibson classic! the best movie on the revolutionary war!Published 12 days ago by Jeriahmiller
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|Hiram is a coward, a weakling, and a fool||
Some people can't handle the truth or facts, they want to hide in a shell when the going get's tough, there's no shortage of cowards in this world, so it's best to let him be.
Dec 13, 2011 by Ravan | See all 2 posts
|Why so few movies about the American Revolution?||
The reason that not many have been made is (now remember, this is just my personal opinion) that Liberal Hollywood has decided to slip it out of the American Public's eye, and now-a-days, with all this technology, the less you see something, the less it "exists" to people (consider the... Read More
Jul 13, 2014 by Anonymous American | See all 4 posts
There are some soldiers who view violence purely as a means to an end. For example, when the church is burning, Tavington doesn't linger to watch all the suffering. No, he only stays long enough to make sure the deed is done. Then he simply rides off. If he were a genuine sadist, you would think... Read More
May 19, 2013 by G. Garner | See all 3 posts
|When are the pixar films going to Blu Ray?||
Look like we get finding nemo in 2009.
Then the Toy Story movies, but nothing from Pixar untill next year.
Apr 19, 2008 by J. Berning | See all 2 posts
|Patriot Blu Ray showing Grain on PS3||
The films are not going to be crystal clear. It depends on the film that movie was made on.
This movie is also about 10 years old i believe. Newer films look better because some are shot on HD film.
Sometimes grain is also directors-intent. It gives film a grittier look, use 300 for example.
Aug 30, 2007 by We miss Howard | See all 5 posts
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