Published on August 17th, 2007 | by Chris0
The Patriot (2000)
First off, 2000's The Patriot is by no means historically accurate. Really in any aspect I can think of. Just do some reading up on the film and you'll see lots of other reviews railing on it for its blatant inaccuracies, and judging it solely on those points. Forget all that.
The Patriot, in my opinion, ranks right up there with the likes of modern war movie classics like Saving Private Ryan. I'll get to explaining that reasoning in a bit, don't worry.
Set in 1776 South Carolina at the height of the Revolutionary War, we find one Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) and his family. His son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger) has volunteered for the Contintental Army, much to the dismay of Ben. You see, Ben knows all too well the horrors of war, having been involved in a terrible incident during the earlier "French-Indian" war. The British forces, locally lead by one Col. Tavington (Jason Isaacs) come upon his home, where there happen to be some wounded soldiers, along with Gabriel. Tavington kills the next youngest Martin boy, Thomas in cold blood, forcing Ben back into action, much against his will.
From there the movie explores the terrible truths of war, present then, and present now. The true costs of war, and indeed the costs of freedom and principle are presented in such a way that if you're not moved at least a little, you must be made of stone. That's where this movie excels, in its message.
OK, I'll give you that the depiction of the British as wanton barbarians hell bent on burning and killing everything in sight may be over the top. Just a bit. But I think without a clear and distinct "evil" in this picture it wouldn't have worked as well. Which is why all of the politics and historical facts were also left out, it just doesn't matter for the message.
Sure I suppose it gets a little "formula" in between Martin's change of heart and the conclusion. Especially the typical "grudge match" ending between Tavington and Martin. But that final "zinger" makes it all worth it, and I think sums up the entire movie, and what it represents.
"My sons were better men."
And because of them I'm able to write this article. Don't forget. Watch The Patriot.
The Patriot (Special Edition)
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In 1776 South Carolina, widower and legendary war hero Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) finds himself thrust into the midst of the American Revolutionary War as he helplessly watches his family torn apart by the savage forces of the British Redcoats...
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Original Release Date:
- Mel Gibson
- Heath Ledger
- Joely Richardson
- Jason Isaacs
- Chris Cooper
- Run Time: 165
- Release Date: 5/15/2012
- MEL GIBSON JOELY RICHARDSON
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Revolutionary experience!,
This review is from: The Patriot (Special Edition) (DVD)"The Patriot" is based loosely on militia leader, Francis Marion, "The Swamp Fox" and an amalgam of other militia leaders of the Carolinas, who became a thorn in the side of Lord Cornwallis, the British commander during our Revolutionary War. The militias, combined w/Continental Army forces under Gen. Nathanael Greene succeeded in a war of attrition and delaying tactics that bought time for Washington's army and the French fleet and army to combine forces at Yorktown and defeat Cornwallis. The film does a good job in depicting the part militias played in delaying Cornwallis; although it is far from being historically accurate in the particulars. Mel Gibson plays Colonel Benjamin Martin, the militia leader, and does his usual superb job. The late Heath Ledger plays his oldest son, Gabriel...this was the first film I saw Ledger in and I was (and still am) impressed w/his acting. Chris Cooper, one of my favorite actors, plays Colonel Burwell, the Continental Army... Read more
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The Patriot: Extended Version on Blu-Ray,
This review is from: The Patriot (Extended Cut) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)I have the tradition of watching this movie every 4th of July. It just reminds me how our great nation was born, as well as all the sacrifices made by the people who had a dream and did everything they could to see this dream fulfilled. In this movie directed by Roland Emmerich, Mel Gibson plays a South Carolina farmer, Benjamin Martin, who sees his life changed when the war takes one of his sons. Under the direction of the Continental Army, he gathers a militia to fight for America's right to exist.
I owned the movie on DVD, and I recently decided to upgrade to Blu-Ray when I discovered that an extended version was available. Bringing the movie to 3 hours (which is about the length of a Lord of the Rings movie, by the way), the additional scenes offer more insights to understand key moments in the movie. Frankland S. Strickland did a great job in his review detailing all the scenes that were added. One of my favorites, which I think is really important to understand the... Read more
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Has its place in any movie collection.,
This review is from: The Patriot (Extended Cut) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)Along with food, art, music, and even video games, movies are subjective and highly emotional so I avoid delving into too many details, as that type of analysis is for merited critics and not what anyone wants to see in an Amazon review. Just know that I'm in my 40s, I own over 3000 DVDs, and my house is decorated with movies posters and props - needless to say, I'm a cinephile.
All I will add is that this is one of the last movies that Mel put out before he went "mental", and it's a decent one (not saying everything post-mental was bad necessarily, "Get the Gringo" was fun). Anyway, set in what is essentially colonial America during the Revolutionary War, it's the story of one man turning the tide in his affected region - akin to Braveheart with some tweaks, but this is all a generalization. It's no Braveheart for sure, but it's an entertaining movie nonetheless despite some historical inaccuracies (it's not a college course, and movies are not where I go... Read more
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Summary: that final "zinger" makes it all worth it, and I think sums up the entire movie, and what it represents. "My sons were better men."