Patriot, The

Starring: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Tcheky Karyo, Adam Baldwin, Jason Isaacs, Rene Auberjonois, Tom Wilkinson, Joely Richardson, Chris Cooper

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

Produced by: Centropolis Film Productions, Mutual Film Company

Distributed by: Columbia

Genre: war

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Review by Xibo Date seen: July 1, 2000
Viewing Location: Chelsea, NYC Grade: A-
Summary: Best revolutionary war flick ever!
But then, there haven't really been any revolutionary war flicks. So what you get is fairly standard feel-good movie fare. Mel Gibson plays a retired war hero who has raised a family and a farming plantation, only to have the revolutionary war throw his life into chaos. The movie's battle scenes are excellent, I guess people have learned from Saving Private Ryan and The Gladiator. We are also treated to views of 18th-century Charleston, SC, which is kind of nice, although it is rather brief.

Most of the film runs in a standard thematic fashion, much like Independence Day, with all the heroes pulling together to battle the bad guys, especially the extra evil bad guy. Everyone loved the battle scenes, they were pretty intense, but the overall plot of the reluctant hero (Mel) left us with an overall reluctant feeling to really get emotionally attached to anything. Next time Mel, go for the gusto! Don't hold anything back! (Compare this to The Limey for a good example of an angry, vengeful old man who doens't hold back.)  

Review by Scalveg Date seen: January 28, 2001
Viewing Location: 27" theater, but the seats were VERY comfy Grade: C
Summary: Is it acting if you're just amazed they can say the lines with a straight face?
If you paid a bunch of money to take white guys from all over the US, and have them sit in focus groups and come up with scenes that would make them happy and prove the supremacy of the US political system and military heritage, then wrote tenuous and improbable plot that somehow connected those those dots like a pre-schooler waiting for an injection at the pediatrician, maybe at the end, you would have a 2.6 hour movie called "The Patriot". Don't forget to skimp on the soundtrack. 

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