At least the tin soldiers were 3D which is more than I can say about any of the characters. There's even a holy man and a foreigner Tchéky Karyo, in a great supporting turn as a French sympathizer who fight alongside the rebels. The film probably concentrated so heavily on British brutality because it is difficult to interest a modern audience, even an American audience, in the actual reasons why the war was fought. My concerns were justified and echo many of the posts here. The problems, acting wise, lay away from Gibbo's central performance. Jason Isaacs gave life to the villain and, although his character is not credible at all, he can be very sadistic and scary, showing the cruelest side of the war.
But no, the directors made the movie as far from historically accurate as possible, so Mel slaughters the troops. Thus, you can pretty safely make the assumption that it is action-packed and has its fair share of violent battle sequences which it does. We will not hold it against you if it's shorter. Mel Gibson gives a moving portrayal of the father who is driven into a battle he sought to avoid in order to protect his family from the British. When I watched it, I personally found it quite captivating but always have enough sense not to get my history from Hollywood. A must see for all Americans.
There is occasional drinking, and some fleeting and mild sexual references. Overall I liked what I saw and that's why I give this movie a 7. In the film the British commander Lord Cornwallis is shown as outwardly gentlemanly and honourable, but prepared secretly to countenance Tavington's methods. However, in this case, I feel I must point out a few things. Anyone who has been around the world and seen many political systems at work would realizes that this is true.
Were slaves that served in either army freed after a certain term of service? What a great comedy film this is. Not so as to stop it being entertaining, but more to stop it being a one man show. First, the movie was not accurate in how it depicted slavery in South Carolina. Therefore, this spiritual movie set during a time of war may be difficult for audiences to handle. I've always had a weak spot for historically inspired dramas. He will be executed, but before it comes to that point, one of Benjamin's other sons runs towards the soldiers and is instantly killed. But as it is, thanks in the main to Gibson, and in spite of its faults, it's an above average drama.
But unfortunately, America won't stop brainwashing the public and make them aware that this image is false. For example, a guys head gets blown off by a cannon ball, blood guts and gore galore, Benjamin hacks a red coat to pieces, off camera but you can see the blood, because of the fact an officer killed his son in cold blood, Col. Martin and Tavington did not actually exist, they are merely characters, possibly based as has been suggested on actual historical figures. Apparently this character is sort of a composite of possibly three different real men of that era. I enjoyed the strength and conviction of Gibson's performance, the sweep of the battle scenes, and the absurdity of the British caricatures. The characters are one-dimensional stereotypes, the plot is predictably cheesy, and the script could have been written by my 13-year-old cousin. His Martin has history, is history, you feel.
Despite being almost three hours long, I thought The Patriot was extremely entertaining. Gibson is fine, he shoulders the burden of the film with great gusto and no shortage of emotional depth. I know that not all of the facts are historically correct but this is a movie and did not claim to be a history lesson. Quiet yet inquisitive, are you ready to embrace the pre-talkies era to win big? Actually, that might be something about this fairly well-done film that parents can discuss with their older teens. In fact, whenever Gibson is off screen, the story loses momentum, focus and credibility.
One bad bit of dialogue: Benjamin Martin is on the beach with his sister-in- law, and he asks if he can sit down. The bill was passed to raise the security of the country. Gabriel comes home wounded, only to be captured the next day by the advancing British. But Martin an amalgam of several real Revolutionaries brings dirty guerilla tactics to the war, and after forming a militia of scrappy mercenaries, soon he's got General Cornwallis running scared. The token slave would have made an interesting sub-plot, but he ends up just that, a token slave, and the film makers lack the conviction to tell us anything about him at all.
His sons have dead accuracy, and Mel displays super-human strength, as he kills over 10 British troops - including their officer - without taking a scratch. I have been a Mel Gibson fan since his very good Mad Max and his horrible Summer City. These two stars lead the cast in teaching such lessons as what it means to be a patriot and a hero, the cost of freedom, and the value of family. This isn't just some ordinary war movie. Militias as shown in this movie ,were constituted by mostly farmers ,trying to protect their families ,most of them ,because they suffered from the lost of different members of their families, like the case of Benjamin Martin.
As an American and a student of history, I watched this movie with overwhelming nausea. He ties thousands of balloons to his house and heads off. Great Britain's state religion was Protestantism; even if a British officer ordered a Protestant church to be burned, he would executed for high treason against the church. Interesting too that that it's heavily implied at the end of the film the French only turned up at the end when the war was effectively over. From the viewpoint of anyone without patriotic preconceptions, it can be seen simply as an exciting if overlong adventure film- my wife, who is not British by birth, was cheering on Martin and booing Tavington. There is a lot of educational value in this movie I feel that if viewed as a family the movie would be a great oppertunity for a history lesson and family discusion on what happens in this movie. Although I do not know a lot about specific historical wars, this movie taught me a few things.