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The Patriot (2000)


6/10: Freedom As Secondary Gain
Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sigmund Freud interpreted hysterical symptoms as part of the working out of repressed childhood memories. Someone pointed out that being sick also got you a lot of sympathy and attention. Freud -- no sociologist -- dismissed all that as "secondary gains." This movie, for all its epic sweep, doesn't really deal with freedom from King George's sometimes whimsical rules for the colonies. It's the story of the rebels' revenge on the British redcoats who are snobs and sadists. Independence, freedom, representation -- all that nonsense is a secondary gain compared to the motive to kill certain individuals who have harmed the militia. It might as well be a Western, with the redcoats as Indians, except that here it's the colonials who use sneaky tactics and the Brits who march around in loud jackets in the open, inviting attack. I don't know why it's called "The Patriot" because patriotism has little to do with it. The writers and...

3/10: Almost So Bad To Be Entertaining But It Leaves A Bad Taste In The Mouth
Thursday, January 28, 2010

Since the last film I reviewed was COME AND SEE the Soviet film depicting Nazi war crimes in Bylorussia in World War 2 most distressingly the inhabitants of a village being burned alive in a barn I thought it'd be a good idea to rewatch THE PATRIOT a film set during the American War of Independence starring Mel Gibson and directed by German Roland Emmerich to see if it's every bit as bad as I remembered and which caused a lot of controversy when it was released Unsurprisingly it is every bit as bad as I remembered . The battle scenes of massed ranks standing in front of one another firing muskets are vaguely realistic if only on a tactical level because in those days chivalry at its most basic still existed in the mind of military men and was a gentlemanly act . Strangely Richard Rodat ( The screenwriter of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN ) and Emmerich seem to have created an...

7/10: Yeah, I thought it was good - AND I'm a Brit
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Mel Gibson's second stab at fighting the British follows on the success of BRAVEHEART for a historical epic that feels both similar and different to the Scots blockbuster. Once again, Gibson plays a family man who has no interest in war and fighting who faces personal loss and turns into a vengeance-fuelled fighter determined to make the enemy pay for their actions. THE PATRIOT doesn't have the scope, drive or excellent scenery of BRAVEHEART, but it is still a very well made movie. Despite the three hour running time the story is never less than engaging and the focus on an individual family (with the War of Independence as the background) makes it more than watchable.I watched this on my Blu-ray player and was struck by the quality of the visuals and the excellent scope of the battle sequences. While not particularly gory, the bouts seem brutal and realistic, with the kind of money behind...

4/10: Epic" by the books
Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Patriot" is an American movie by German director Roland Emmerich, who is somewhat known for his spectacular Hollywood blockbusters that unfortunately rarely have achieved greatness in terms of storytelling. This film here is no exception. There are several run-times stated here and I watched the version that is the longest, the director's cut that runs for almost 3 hours, very long just like some other Mel Gibson films. Gibson was an Oscar winner at this point already for directing "Braveheart" a couple years earlier. "The Patriot" was also the breakthrough movie for Heath Ledger at the age of 20 and there are more somewhat famous actors in here such as Joely Richardson, Rene Auberjonois, Chris Cooper and Jason Isaacs.I must say I never had a great interest in the days of the Civil War, so I may be a bit biased here. However, the biggest problem with this movie is probably the lack of emotion. They...

8/10: It's a free country, or at least it will be
Saturday, April 20, 2019

All the while, Mel Gibson's character Benjamin Martin kept reminding me of the historical Francis Marion, more colloquially known as The Swamp Fox during the American Revolution. He operated guerilla style in South Carolina which is this picture's location for the most part, so I was surprised to see only one review mentioning it out of about twenty or so I read before starting here on mine. With the torching of Southern homes and plantations throughout the story, this had the feel of a Civil War movie more than the Revolution, but the brilliant red uniforms of the British kept bringing things back into perspective. Historical inaccuracies aside, the movie is decidedly adventurous with Gibson's character focused in equal parts on revenge and a patriotic cause. The British are portrayed as almost one-sidedly vicious murderers, although if you listen to Benjamin Martin's description of the part he played in the Fort Wilderness campaign, you'll...

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