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      03.06.2009 19:48
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      Excellent film very moving

      Well I'm not ashamed to admit it, I'm in love with Mel Gibson! Not in the romantic comedies, not in the serious political thrillers, but when it comes to epic hero movies, he is my man!!

      The Patriot could probably be described as the American Civil War's version of Braveheart. I love Braveheart so was expecting plenty from this movie. And I am happy to say I got it. This has a real epic feel to it, and really stirs the emotions.

      Tag line for this film is: 'Some things are worth fighting for.'

      The basic plot: A former war hero of the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is looking to put his notorious past behind him and settle down to be with his family and raise his children. However the American Civil War turns up on his door step, his teenage sons want to join the army and fight back the British. Unable to let his children go to war without him, Martin takes up arms to fight for his country and his freedom.

      A great performance by Heath Ledger also adds weight to the film. Some really good 'badies' who radiate evil give you a real feeling of wanting justice, which gets you invloved in the film. There is an excellent soundtrack which will really move you and I must admit was choked up a few times.

      The film is rated 15. There is no real language or sexual content to speak of, but there is some very graphic violence in the film which may not be to the taste of some people. It runs for 158 minutes, which means this really is an epic. But the time flys by and you do not feel like your having your patcience tested in any way.

      The DVD itself has all the standard features, trailer, making off etc...

      Would have to say overall, a fantastic story, some strong acting and a great soundtrack, make this an excellent film. Does not quite make it upto the standard of Braveheart but it still is well worth watching. I would definatley recommend it and especially if your a fan of Mel Gibson. And if your not, maybe this will convert you! Go get yourself a copy!

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      06.04.2009 21:31
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      great movie

      I can watch Mel Gibson any time, and yet again he's made another brilliant movie. Seems as if he's really picking his parts now. This was definitely an enjoyable two and a half hours watching yet another of his epics. This time, "The Patriot". It was brilliant. And there were a few twists that were totally unexpected - where you think you know what's going to happen because of the pre-movie synopsis. I was thinking, ok this is where this happens - and it didn't!
      This was filmed on location in South Carolina, where I now live, and it brought American history to life in all it's gory reality. The stupidity of the old-fashioned way that men fought wars, lines of infantry marching towards each other. The brutality of what men will do to each other if pushed far enough. Or if he relishes the act of killing. The strengths that can be found deep within people if their belief in what they do, is strong enough and even the fact that deep-rooted prejudice can be turned to respect.

      With credits, for factual information, going to The Smithsonian one must assume that this is a fictionalized account of certain events that truly happened. I'll be looking up a few facts in the library and on the internet though, as it's piqued an interest. As we live in South Carolina, now, we're also going to visit the Charleston area soon to see the places where the filming was done ( and locations where the real battles took place). There were some excellent special effects (albeit rather gruesome). I think that overall, the cast of this movie, and all the people behind the scenes, should be well content with the final product.
      It has an R rating, I believe for the violence. I would make sure if I rented it that smaller children were not in the room. The sight of people being dismembered, and of various hackings with sharp implements, would be enough to give them sleepless nights. But that is the reality of war when hand to hand combat is a major part of the equation.

      I give it a definite 5 stars!! Loved it!

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        16.02.2009 16:10
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        Good war movie overall

        The Patriot, well the name does seem to suggest it all, it is indeed a very patriotic film, if you're American I guess. The film is set during the war of Independance in the later years of the 1700s.

        The film stars Mel Gibson who's eldest son enlists in the American army to try to overthrow the british, he returns a wounded soldier a couple years later. Income british soldiers who try to arrest the eldest son as a spy and shoot Mel's 2nd eldest son dead. Most are killed however and Gabriel the eldest is rescued. However Mel, who plays Benjamin Martin seeks revenge on the british and so the story goes.

        He manages to round up a few militia, train them up using Guerrilla tactics and start to kill the red coats, accompanied by French and Canadian soldiers. Ok so being British myself and watching your own get slaughtered was I must admit pretty upsetting, so this is more a film for the Americans. The film is I guess based loosely around real events with the British eventually overthown but alot of the facts from the war of Independance seem to be conveniently missed out. So at the end, Good old Benjamin and his militia manage to Kill the high ranking officer, Tavington, of the British redcoat army and force the army to retreat and surrender. Tavington was ordered by the british general to find and kill Benjamin's family to try to stop him from interfering.

        The film does contain good action and fight scenes are plenty. Camera work and acting are all superb and it's well worth the watch. But it is however, one of those seemingly typical american films where the Americans are portrayed as the "goodies" overcoming the evil enemies, in this case the British. I very much like the film, but feel that some parts are pretty unrealistic and by that I mean Mel and his sons wiping out whole squads of redcoat soldiers and demoloshing an entire division using more or less untrained soldiers. It's definately worth a watch, and I'm by no way being bitter by the events. The British did some pretty horrific stuff in the film that you feel they deserved to be punished for. I just feel the film is overall americanised and is a bit one sided all throughout.

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        28.09.2004 21:13
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        The Patriot, like Mels earlier film Braveheart, has the potential to be a very good film, and in many was it is. What lets both these films down is the fact that they try to pass themselves off as stories set against a factual historical background and both fail on that score.

        First a brief run through the plot. The film opens in 1776, the American War of Independance as it became known is raging and the Declaration of Independance is being drafted. Mel is a widower, Benjamin Martin, head of a large family, estate owner and a man who holds in a dark secret from his youth. His headstrong son, Gabriel, played by Heath Ledger, has come of age and against his fathers wishes goes off to join the Continental Army (Americans) to help oust the British from the colonies. After a short campaign Gabriel finds his way home,injured, and carrying despatches important to the war effort. Whilst at home a British dragoon officer William Tallington, finds him and because of the despatches he is carrying hauls him off as a rebel spy. There is a scuffle over his arrest and in the process one of the younger sons is killed. Mel then vows revenge and attacks the column transporting Gabriel, freeing him and giving birth to a myth of a ghost fighter who is praying on the British Redcoats. When Gabriel re-joins his regiment, his father Benjamin goes with him, and the rest of the film is based around a cat and mouse game of strategy between the Martins and Tallington.

        The first thing that strikes you is that the film portrays a very clear cut good versus evil slant on the events. The British are the baddies and the Americans are good, and there is no room for any deviation from this state of equilibrium. There is the constant reference to this brave new world that the over throw of the British will bring, the freedom that they are fighting for and how everyone will be better off once they achieve their goal. The reality of the American War of Independance is that it was more akin to a civil war than a revolution. Both sides were made up of American colonists, the loyalists who sided with the British and the Patriots or Rebels who were looking to establish their own government. The war was mainly about taxes not freedom or liberty and in any event the war did not effect the day to day living of most of the population. Also there were many different nations fighting in north America as the war was really an extension of the wars in Europe, as such regiments of French and Irish fought with the Patriots and Hessians and Germans fought with the British, and Indians fought on both sides, with rapidly altering alliegences. Thats the confusing realities underpinning Mels morality play.

        That aside, I must say that I still find the film appealing if you manage to ignore the above points, the depiction of combat is both graphic and absorbing. The early battles take place in the dew and half-light of dawn and are filmed from a distance giving a fantastic quality, all subdued lights and disembodied shouts that seem to haunt and mesmorize. When the action is close up you get a scary insite into the nature of warfare in the age of the flintlock, very hands on and close quarters. Again one quibble is that when the American attack, the British redcoats seem to stant in a bunch and panic. These men remember are part of the best trained army of its day, top of its game and well equiped, and as soon as the shots begin to fly they seem to be outclassed by the local farmers.

        The British officers are a class act, Tom Wilkinson as Lord Cornwallis, Peter Woodward as Charles O`Hara and particularly Jason Issacs as William Tavington pull of the swagger and aristocratic manner to do the parts justice, they have obviously been taking lessons form the cast of Hornblower.

        There are some very emotional moments, as you would expect from a film with a body count this high, and all are dealt with in a sympathetic and believable manner. There are quite a few sub plots played out on this level, Benjamin and his Sister in Law (Joely Richardson) form the love interest and the interaction between Benjamin and his youngest daughter who hasnt spoken since the death of her mother are also touching.

        One scene that did make me laugh was one were our Mel is seen riding full tilt along the length of a retreating army, Stars and Stripes in hand, didnt he do a similar ride by in Braveheart. Still if you have a good card to play it seems a shame to throw it away after just on use. Also it is amazing the power that the flag has, at one point just by waving it he turns the whole army around as it is about to quit the field.

        As you can see most of my critisms are about the historical aspects of the film, those aside it is very watchable. High on the action, some great cinematography, especialy some of the night time shots and the long views of battle. If it didnt sell itself as a historical possibility I would have no problem with it, but by using real figures from history, namely Tavington and Cornwallis it opens itself up to such critism. So watch the film, enjoy it as a good action adventure, but remember just as John Wayne didnt really win World War 2, Mel Gibson didnt really drive the British out of North America, not on his own anyway.


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          03.01.2002 15:06
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          I had heard so much about this film that when I watched it I must admit I was a bit disappointed. Mel Gibson plays the part of Benjamin Martin a farmer who becomes a reluctant hero, after one of his children is killed by a British Army Colonel. The story is set during the American Revolution at a time when Benjamin Martin just wants to live on his farm and raise his seven children. However, circumstances drag him into the war and he sets up a group of militia to ambush and sabotage the British forces, causing chaos in the South Carolina area. The whole story line seems so similar to the film – Braveheart, except that Mel Gibson is now fighting for America, instead of Scotland, that I am sure some of the fighting sequences were repeats. (I felt that Braveheart was the better film of the two). There is a lot of killing in this film, some of which is quite gruesome, and there is certainly a lot of blood and guts. There is a cast of thousands and a lot of them do seem to end up lying dead in the mud. The large battle scenes are very well filmed and the make-up and special effects are very well done. The costumes are also quite spectacular. The acting is very good in the film and I did appreciate the acting of Jason Issacs, who plays the ruthless British officer, Colonel William Tavington. It is Tavington that kills Martin’s 15 year old son and a vendetta is built up between the two men. Joely Richardson adds a touch of glamour, as Charlotte Selton, the sister of Benjamin Martin’s dead wife, and she looks after his children whilst he fights the British and adds a bit of romance to the film. A large proportion of the film is based around Mel Gibson and personally I would have preferred the film if a few of the other characters had been developed a bit more. There are some sad and soppy bits in the film, but mostly it is action, with a lot of gory parts. This does make the film a bit unsuitable for chi
          ldren, or anyone that does not like the sight of blood. Of course we know the ending of the war and I felt this part of the film was very well done, without any anti-British rhetoric. I probably would watch this film again as the acting is so good and the battle scenes have been so well constructed, but I would watch Braveheart first by preference.

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            25.09.2001 00:10
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            Mel Gibson plays Benjamin Martin a war hero from the wars with the French and Indians. A past that he would rather forget. His wife has recently just died leaving him to care after the seven children ? busy man!! He is called to a meeting of the Wealthy landowners of Carolina to discuss if they should join the war but wishes to abstain, as he has nobody to look after his children. His eldest son Gabriel (Heath Ledger) disagrees with this and signs up there and then. Ben Martin soon gets dragged into the war when his second son is killed by the British Officer Colonel Tavington and murders all the soldiers that Martin has been harbouring and takes Gabriel off to hang him. What follow are Martin and the two middle sons (advantage of a big family I guess) tracking down the twenty Red Coats who have taken Gabriel away and of course Mel Gibson as his best, one of the best parts of the film in my opinion. The rest of the film is about Martin leading a motley band of brave rebels or Militia (does this sound familiar) to take on the British War Machine. The battle scenes are spectacular and the houses etc with great detail. Some of the scenes are quite horrific and if you don?t like blood this is not the film for you. In the end the British are loosing soldiers to Martins group of bandits and they resort to flushing out the militia with some under hand moves. What follows is quite horrific and reminds you of the lengths some people went to and still do in war to win. I will not spoil the story by telling you what happened but be ready for a moving and thrilling plot that surprised me and kept me on the edge of my seat. The film is based very loosely on actual historical facts but it does leave you with a very powerful eighteenth century war drama that I think I will watch again and again. Not as good as Braveheart is still worth eight out of ten. The DVD packed in all the usual extras: - · Widescreen with Dolby 5.1, whi
            ch makes the battle scenes, come alive. · Comments by director Roland Emmerick and producer Dean Devlin that were very interesting and gave a good insight to the film. · Production Notes, · The Theatrical trailers which capture the film very well, · Visual effects interactive feature, · Battlefield Feature- the art of war which is quite horrific, · Deleted scenes and a number of features. I was luck enough to pick this DVD up as part of a two for twenty pounds deal at Blockbusters but I think it will be one of those films I will watch again and again. Go out and buy it, you'll not be disapointed.

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              How many of you have ever studies the american revolution at school??? (let me jog your memory, america was owned by england and revolted because of taxation.....Remember now???? good) well this is a film about just that. The film ------------------ The film has two stories to it, first there's the family story about a guy called benjimin martin (mel gibson) and the conflict in his family and how he tries to conceal his past sins from his family# (all is revealed later) and the story of the war. The film starts out with a post rider riding, up to the martins house and delivering the post. The martin kids get very excited about this. When its opened its reveled that ben. has to go to george town to vote about going to war with England. Also there is a list of names of people who have just joind the war which ben's oldest son pours over and complains tha hes not allowed to join. On arrival at George town they met bens wife's sister (his wife died leaving him with three kids) and then go into a debate about the war. It is found out that Ben was a former patriotic war hero. Ben decides that he doesn't wnt to go toi war but the end vote means that they have to. Things with his family then start to fall to pieces and his eldest son signs up for thje army and is sent in to battle. Ben's mind is soon changed after a battle taken place close to his house ends up with him helping all the wounded of both sides. In this film the English are portraided as Nazis, cruel and evil. Because the house is helping the enemy of the english its burned down and Ben's oldest son is taken prisoner and is going to be hung when they get back to camp. What follows is one of the best gun fights ever seen in the whole of the worlds film history. Ben and his two younger sons ambush the british, and much to the british troops amazment cannot been seen. This ends up with a whole patrol of british being slaughtered by one man. This scene is
              also very violent in the way that Ben takes his anger out on an Ebglish solider.......with his axe. The story of this film is great. There are many depressing parts to the film. The effects are amazing and the battle scenes are great they involve the two armies lining up infront of each other and taking it in turns to shoot.(CRAZY!!!) The film contains many anti-english parts to it (typical of Hollywood to over do an American patriotic film!!!). What i thought -------------------- This film is quick, passed and action packed. The actors are superb. The efects used are great, and the general story telling is brilliant. I loved this movie the onley downside is that is so anti-englih!!! I recommens that you give this one a whirl.

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              Before I go on, let me just clue you in on the title. For those among you that don’t, and didn’t get the reference I will explain. Anytime I have come across anything connected to this movie; they always use the sub title ‘Some things are worth fighting for’. And when I read this, the War of the Worlds song ‘The Spirit of Man’ pops into my head. Well it has the words ‘some things are worth fighting for’ in it. Anyway, don’t know if is anybody out there that got the gist of the title? Anybody? No? Ok then, just as well I cleared it up for you then isn’t it? So after watching another one of Mel Gibson’s optical offerings, and being a bit disappointed (What Women Want). I knew that to fill the void left by my disenchantment to watch another Mel movie was my only option. After scanning my shelf of Gibson material, of which there is plenty, ‘The Patriot’ sprung up and slapped me right in the kisser screaming ‘watch me, watch me’!! Of course, I started out with the inkling that I would be wanting to watch this one, so it wasn’t so much as scanning to see which one, but scanning until I got to it!! And got it did, and enjoy it I did. I guess you’ll be wanting to know why won’t you? Well read on my fellow inmates (for that is what we are, captured within the walls of dooyoo, ensnared by our addiction, prisoners!) ***WHY I’VE SEEN IT?*** I saw this movie for the first time when it hit the video rental shelves a while back. It was a Saturday night, nothing on the goggle box, so it was either an early night or a film?? With no one to keep me company on the early night (all together now….. say aghhhh) it opted for the film. Obviously really, considering I’m here now writing about it!! So off I trundle to Blockbusters, expecting a long and painful process, I hate making decisions and somehow they
              take twice as long in video shops. I always end up looking as if I’m casing the joint! Well, when you’ve been in there an hour and keep suspiciously turning around to see if people are looking at you wondering why you have been in there so long, it does look a touch suss don’t you think? Anyway, what I was expecting, and what I got were two different things. It was almost a case of straight in and straight out. Yes, no decision has ever been easier. I walked in and saw those piercing blue eyes looking straight at me from a promo poster and knew once and for all that I was destined to be spending the night with Mr Gibson. Ooohh what a night it was! It was so good that I went out and bought the video. Thus insuring that I could have a night with Mel whenever I wanted!! Smart move hey girls ……………!?!? ***SPECS AND STUFF*** Directed By: Roland Emmerich Produced By: Dean Devlin, Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn Written By: Robert Rodat Music By: John Williams Cinematography By: Caleb Deschanel Distributed By: Columbia Pictures Length: 158 minutes Certificate: 15 Director Emmerich has a pretty impressive list of film achievements behind him. Co writing with Dean Devlin he directed and produced ‘Godzilla’, and the excellent ‘Independent Day’. Emmerich also directed the 1994 science fiction adventure "StarGate," which he also co-wrote with the film's producer Dean Devlin. Before that directing the 1992 action-adventure "Universal Soldier," starring Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolf Lundgren. Gary Levinsohn is partnered with Mark Gordon in the Mutual Film Company and together they have produced the multi-Academy Award winning ‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘LA Confidential’, ‘Man on the Moon’, and ‘Primary Colors’. Gordon also produced ‘Broken Arrow’, and ̵
              6;Speed’. Screenwriter Robert Rodat received an Oscar nom (same thing as a crown, just not so prestigious!!) in 1998 for ‘Saving Private Ryan’. Before that his writing credits include ‘Fly Away Home’, you know the one with the geese starring Jeff Daniels. Running at over two and half-hours this was not even an option to go and see this is at the movies. Too long! (And in all honestly, I missed it!!) And before you are all thinking ‘poor girl, no bladder control’ let me enlighten you, I just couldn’t sit still and quiet for that long. And in those cramped seats as well?? No way. Believe me when I say, this is definitely a ‘at home with the remote’ film. Although, I should imagine the fighting and the close ups of Mr Gibson (another reason for the pause button facility!!) looked fantastic on the big screen. ***ACTORS*** Leading the way we have, of course Mel Gibson. Now this is the kind of role I like to see him playing. This is where his talent lies, not playing nail varnish wearing ad execs that can hear women think. That was a sissy role. How can Mel be the hero, the strong and durable, the unbeatable character that we have come to know and love standing there in a pair of women’s tights, I ask you? Of course, he was actually all of those things in a skirt in Braveheart, but we will, ahem, move on. Nope, I can think of no better actor to take his place at the head of this movie. Why, he is really on recreating the role of William Wallace here anyway. Just this time it’s in his native land, and another war all together. Yep, this movie was made for Mel Gibson. Of course, with most of Mel Gibson films, we have a love interest on the horizon (Oh why can’t it be me? Oh why can’t it be me?). In this case we see Joely Richardson in the role. Not that we see much of her anyway, it isn’t that big a part. Bloody
              good job really. Dunno who cast her, but c’mon, the woman has only acted with Ted Danson (who is great in Cheers, but in film.... I don't think so!) the Loch Ness monster and Dalmatian puppies!! And she’s going out with Jamie Theakston!! If those weren’t reason enough not to cast her, how about she’s a c**p actress. And before it’s said, this is not sour grapes cos she gets to kiss him either, Michelle Pfeiffer did, and I like her!! There must have been someone out there in the world of actresses that could have done the job more competently than the poor show we were landed with? Heath Ledger, a fine looking, no, a damn right horny young actor that will be going far if his efforts in this film are anything to go by. And, as the case is with several ‘made it’s’ in Hollywood, even if he didn’t have any acting talent, his looks are sure to get him noticed anyway. As I said, going on to bigger and better things, and he his now taking the main lead in this years ‘A Knights Tale’. Jason Issacs, Liverpool born actor, takes the role of the bad guy. And when I say bad, I mean bad. He is really one horrible b*****d. And a very convincing one at that. With many films under his belt, only two are worth writing home about, and mentioning here ….. ‘Dragonheart’ and ‘Armageddon’. I have seen neither of these films, so don’t know how he handles his roles, but if they are anything like this performance, they were good. ***WHAT’S IT ABOUT?*** 1763, the year the lengthy French and Indian War ended. England controlled Canada and all the territory between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River. But living under the rule of Britain did not bode well for the Americans, and after a series of taxes were demanded: the Currency, Sugar, Stamp and Quartering Acts, the harsh ’Intolerable ActsR
              17; follow. The people of the 13 Colonies objected, and invariably another conflict is in order. And so, the American Revolution begins. Benjamin Martin (Gibson) is a South Carolina farmer, father of 7 and widowed. Peace loving and preferring the simple life of a farmer while trying to forget his savagery during the French and Indian war. He wants nothing to do with the upcoming conflict. But when his head strong eldest son Gabriel enlists in the army to defend their new country, America, against the British, his house is burned down and one of his children is killed by the savage Green Dragoon commander Colonel Tavington (Isaacs ~ the horrible b*****d!!) Benjamin once again enters war. He enters a revengeful man, with nothing on his mind except thoughts of winning and bringing down the man that is responsible for the death of his son. There is an excellent scene, where Benjamin and his two young sons outwit and kill a company of 20 British Soldiers after they have taken Gabriel. Throughout the story, we, the British are almost constantly looked upon as fools, and when swapping 19 scarecrows for 18 American militia, it really is no wonder we didn’t win with pompous idiots at the helm?? However, those fools with their pomp and circumstance set the scene for hundreds of years to come, and even now, we are regarded as idiots. I’m inclined to agree!. Anyway, had my dig at what a c**p country we live in, back to the story………. Benjamin becomes the head of a makeshift militia, consisting of slaves and peasants, and various other unconventional individuals. If not before, it is now, during the time of war, that Benjamin and is ‘army’ find out that they will pay big time for their rebellion against the British. But pay they do, and play their part in history as they harass the British army long enough to allow the French to arrive and to kick some British butt. Must be the only time
              the French have beaten us at anything, that and the last World Cup!!?? Of course, we have the sideline story of his children and their safekeeping. The trips to their safe house, and the burgeoning love affair between Benjamin and his dead wife’s sister (Richardson) And the revenge that he seeks from Tavington after he burnt his house and killed one of his sons. You know of course that with both of these story lines, the endings will be happy, and that Benjamin will give that Tavington a right pasting!! Yeah, land one on him for me Mel!! B*****d!! On a sad note, Gabriel dies and again, the hankies come out. ***WHAT DID I THINK, AND WILL I BE FEASTING MY PEEPERS ON IT AGAIN?*** I’ve just watched this film for the second time, and found it even more enjoyable than the first. This is another film along the lines of Braveheart (in more ways than one) and one that sticks out in my mind. One that makes an impact. There are on three occasion’s scenes that are slightly, OK a lot, gory, and turn my stomach. The first just demonstrates the emotion that Benjamin’s character is going through. It’s brutal yet poignant. The second two both involve cannon balls, and the losing of body parts, not nice …… but then again, neither is war. The film is in no way a comedy, but surprisingly there is that ‘hardly noticeable’ humour peppered through out. Just enough to make you smile, and momentarily lift your spirits. The film is emotional, what war film isn’t? And I have to admit, my eyes sprung leaks on several occasions. It was awful, Mel was bawling, I was bawling, and at times, it was a regular waterworks fest!! But on each occasion, whether it was the plot, or my lack of patriotism I didn’t once cry for the British losses. When they surrendered, I cheered (you should have seen the dog, bless him, he woke up with a start!! Can dogs have heart attacks
              ??) When America won, I cried with ……….. happiness? Would it be happiness? I’m not American, so why should I cry? Perhaps I was crying because, 1 man’s war, amid so many had finally ended? I cried at ‘Saving Private Ryan’ as well, I don’t know why either? Poignancy maybe? Oh and don’t be thinking that I’m a typical girlie with over active tear ducts, far from it. I never cry …….. well, only when I’m watching films!! Now, I am no historian, and I don’t claim to know whether the facts that we witness in the film are right or wrong. To be honest with you, I don’t care. I didn’t buy this film, and I haven’t watched it twice, and will be watching it again, for it’s educational purposes. I don’t need to know whether it is accurate or not. For me it makes 158 minutes pleasurable. It takes me away from my life and deposits me in to another, albeit in the middle of the American Revolution with death and decapitating cannon balls!! But that’s all I want in a movie. OK, so maybe not the gory stuff, but the basically I want pure, plain and simple entertainment . I don’t look between the lines of the script for the underlying theme, I hear the words and take them for what they are. If there is another story to this film, one besides the one we actually get to see, I don’t know. I don’t care. I have received from this all I want in a film. The Patriot probably won’t been seen again for a while, it’s too long, and plus, I need to give my tear ducts to refill, they are now empty. While I consider it to be an excellent movie it isn’t one that I can watch, rewind, and watch again. I think it needs a break in between viewings. It then makes for better watching. The plot is somewhat predictable and so the endings came as no surprise the first time of watching it. Taking that into cons
              ideration, it really makes no difference to the end result however many times you watch it. You know that the war is won by the Americans (if not, your history teacher has a hell of lot of explaining to do??!!) and it’s a given that Benjamin lives. Of course he bloody lives, he’s the hero. He’s the one we all come to see, they never kill off heroes do they? They could of course have killed off that Richardson woman, although, how would we have been able to tell??? (Oh idodoyou, you are such a bitch?!?) And so, to the end of yet another offering of idodoyou we come. Once again I would like to thank you for staying with me until the end, that’s if you’re still here of course? If your not and you cleared off some where in between Specs and Stuff and Actors ……. Well bugger ya then!!! And I don’t want your rate, and you can stick your 5 pence where the sun doesn’t shine!! For those of you that managed to fight off sleep, and carry on reading between earthquakes, flash floods and pestilence I thank you. Your work here is almost over, just two more clicks and you can leave. Free to run amok amongst the other ops on offer. Free to click and comment all over the joint. So go. Rate me. Comment if you please. Let me know what you think …. You know I love to hear how good I am ….. ahem!! Hehehehehe Ladies and Gentlemen…… idodoyou has left the building!!!

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                • "not great feature for the cd"

                this is a truely awesome awe-inspiring film. the fight scenes will have the men wanting to be knights, and the women wishing that their men were knights. This film is such an adrenaline rush it is unbelieveable. Although it is a long film, some three hours, mel Gibson seems perfect for this role. But how could he? thats twice he's killed off us english singlehandedly! Comparisons to braveheart are aplenty, with a story line that isn't disimilar to braveheart in that gibson, this time an american in the american civil war, has a child killed by the english redcoats, and then goes on a mission of revenge. following the idea of history in that the english lost decisively, it may have been glammed up a bit to make the american audience feel more patriotic about the film, but it still makes fascinating viewing. the acting is superb and mel gibson steals the limelight for his virtually flawless role. if the fight scenes don't get you're heart pumping that little bit faster, then the emotions of a man losing one of his sons will certainly pull at your heart strings. well directed and acted, with a great story line to keep you hooked, this film is a must see! If you liked braveheart, you will love this! one flaw though is that the dvd itself doesn't come with any extra features that really stand out. although it has the benefits of a clearer picture and crisper sound quality, the added options don't make it that much different from the normal video cassette

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                  13.07.2001 22:07
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                  I can see it now - Mel Gibson as a heroic British Redcoat battling the "USA" rebels across the New Land. But seeing as Britain lost the American revolution and civil war, history was written with the USA as the righteous victor. So naturally, The Patriot sees Mel Gibson as the patriotic freedom fighter (hmmm that sounds familiar....) battling the evil Redcoats for his country. Well fair enough ... such is history. American patriotism aside, The Patriot is actually a very good film. Bearing a striking resemblance, in parts, to Braveheart, The Patriot sees Gibson lead a band of rebel militia against the British troops, gradually winning the civil war for the newly declared United States of America. The film does not cover the legal side of the revolution; concentrating on how Mel Gibson's character, a fictional war hero Benjamin Martin, is persuaded to reluctantly take up arms, before leading his troops into war. Large-scale battle scenes are not frequent, but when they do occur we are treated to some beautiful photography of the battlescene. Fighting gentlemen's battles, lines of opposing soldiers are stood across from each other, as musket fire decimates their lines and cannon balls roll through them. Then we are taken through a charge, as the armies clash and blood spills. The Patriot is not overly violent or bloody, and is rated 15 in the UK, but is rather brutal in places. Smaller skirmishes and combat are also impressive, and such guerilla tactics are seen more than the major battles, true to the methods of Revolution-era militia. But the great achievement of The Patriot is not in its battle scenes. Instead, The Patriot covers plenty of emotional ground, at times heart-warming and (more often) heart-wrenching. Benjamin Martin's family, his primary concern, is constantly at risk, not least when his eldest son (played with force by Heath Ledger) joins the Continental Army to battle the Brits. Finding
                  himself unwillingly involved in the fighting, Martin joins a war that is fought amongst the homes and families of the settlers - leading to plenty of opportunities for tragedy. The cast is splendid, and is led perfectly by Mel Gibson in an energetic and involving performance. His family all support the home scenes very well, and his armies are believable. The British side contains some fine actors, Jason Isaacs providing the stereotypical Redcoat tyrant, a role I would find laughable had Isaacs not pulled it off with such venom. At the top of the British side sits Cornwallis (Tom Wilkinson), a man commanding formidable armies but not much else. John Williams offers an excellent musical score, as always, and some high quality special effects add spice to the battles. Overall The Patriot is a fine film - the subject matter is far from my ideal story, but I found myself enjoying this American propaganda much more than I expected.

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                    08.07.2001 01:22
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                    Let me first say I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It wasn't, in my opinion, Braveheart, but it was very entertaining. In reading some of the reviews of this movie, many people have found fault with the fact that it was historically inaccurate. I don't believe this movie was intended to be a documentary. Like so many fact based movies that preceded it, it was intended to be, plainly and simply, a MOVIE. If you want history, go to the library or the History Channel. I find it amusing that a great majority of novels, when they are made into movies, are changed so much [characters and plots changed, added or deleted] without, for the most part, people getting upset about the changes. Yet when a movie is based on actual incidents and/or characters, people tend to get upset that they may not be totally, historically accurate. I would like to think that I am not the only person who watches a movie to be entertained and not to get an education. So go see this movie and enjoy it for what it is, an historically inaccurate piece of fine entertainment.

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                      You just have to wonder, the British left their legacy of language, a legal system, and commerce, but who took to educating the wayward children when the empire receeded? I mean who is teaching history to America? But don't get me wrong I was never so proud of being an american in that movie theater watching patriot, except the one day we did the hands across America to raise money to fight hunger in the states and people who stretching their arms and crying "we can do it" as they used their jackets as bridges in betwixt themselves as to not break the chain, meanwhile there were stretches of land for 30 miles in Arizona without a single participant. The movie takes place during the course of the entire war of insurrection, from the onset of the hostilities with Mel Gibson holding back from joining the third of the population under sway of some very rich radicals who didn't like their tax bill until the finale where the French come and rescue America (they are still minus one on the balance sheet). The brillant editing causes you not to realize 7 years have passed and the Patriots house full of children don't realize this either as they don't grow or age at all. Being that they don't age I wonder if they are still alive and served as technical advisors on the film. The movie basically centers on the struggle between Mel Gibson and a British Calvary officer whose name was something like Slobodan Misolaysmith who takes to killing civilians and burning churches. Granted the protagonists of the film still are gloating about their favorite victory in the war, when their leader crossed the Delaware on Christmas Eve in the most ungentlemanly act of aggression and surprised the Hessians at Trenton, yet they make the British out to be the scourge of the earth and the revolutionaries to be a collection of hard working decent men, a popular myth that wasn't fabricated until they needed justification for the later Indian war
                      s and subsequent genocide. But to make a long story short, the US does not have cruise missles or the ability to arrest the democratically elected leaders of another state so they are forced to duke it out with the Empire's forces. Meanwhile you have another Australian Heath Ledger playing the wayward son, prancing around the screen making me question my dedication to staunch heterosexuality. It is a good movie, actually a great movie if you don't care about the blatant historical revisions and it truely American Braveheart, with all the gruesome cannon ball shots , and hatchets splitting skulls and what not. Its got the elements of redemption, with Mels character who was afraid that his sins were being revisted upon him (right he killed people in the French and Indian War and now again...just as he slaughtered the truth in medievel Scotland and now in the states). And their is love (we get to see how these Colonials handle spouses of deceased relatives) And of course action. PS Just heard from a reliable source that the movie was financed by Iranian petrodollars as a prelude to Iran suing Britain for their unprovoked September 1941 attack on Iran. Iran is going to finally bring charges against Britain and Russia for their sneak attack against Iran. Iran wants to create negative attitudes towards Britain in the global community and wanted a popular, mainstream, big budget film. My friend in Hollywood said that some lawyers of seemingly persian persuasion were going around trying to promote a script in an unusual fashion, instead of trying to sell the scripts to the producesr they were giving them Range Rovers just to read them. One of the scripts was about the Boer War and concentration camps, The attempt to revise and re-edit that Liam Neeson "Micheal Collins" to have the massacre at the football pitch last 127 minutes and another was about the Falkland Islands War. the head solicitor told my producer friend that there would b
                      e big money for a cast "preferrably Mel Gibson, or 'that funny chap who can talk with his ass and makes the faces {Jim Carrey? The guy also inferred that he got the part in Titanic with all the poor Irish dying and richer British living put in there for merely 17 million dollars. I don't know if I believe this or not, but I had to tell you.

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                        A rip-roaring action adventure with Mel Gibson in the title role. Set in the 18th Century during the American War of Independance, Mel plays war hero Benjamin Martin, now retired and trying to build a new life as a farmer. As the British advance across America, Martin gets embroiled in the war as he sees one of his children get killed. What follows is one man's war as he seeks revenge agains the British commander Colonel Tavington. What follows is one of the best period war films for years. Small action packed skirmishes and huge battles broken up by touching moments with Martin's family. The special effects (a lot of the large battles have computer generated soldiers - though you can't tell) are stunning and at times gory. The film came in for a lot of critisism about not being historically accurate - but if this was a documentry then I for one would not have gone to see it. The film provides what it was supposed to provide - an all-action film set in a historical era. The acting is good and apart from being able to see the sound boom early on (watch out for that one!!) I think the film is as good a night's entertainment as any of the other supposed blockbusters this year. 8/10

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                        17.04.2001 12:27
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                        This movie was not a big success when it seemed like it should have been. A big budget war movie with a big star and plenty of blood and gore. Maybe people were tired of war movies. Maybe after Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan everyone thought they should maybe have a change of pace and go see a love story or something. They thought it was just another war story. I think just maybe they were wrong. Sure this is a war movie about a war that should have a movie made about it. But it's a good one. Mel Gibson did an excellent job in a movie that should win him awards. They should have given this movie better reviews and more acclaim because it is a great movie. Movie reviewers are fickle people, they shouldn't always be believed. If you haven't seen this movie, you should, as long as you can stomach it.

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                          War is a terrible thing. Even those that were never there know that without a doubt, so for those who have fought in an armed conflict, the terrors must be all the more real. History helps is record and recall the horrors that befell those who fought for what we have today, and it also helps us to remember them. But we can never know what it was really like – only those that have experienced it know that. Films and history – the history of war in particular – are tightly bound up with each other. Look through the archives of filmmaking, and you'll see countless scores of films attempting to dramatise the events that have passed, but most just end up glorifying war – making it seem clean cut and courageous. However, in recent times, it's been a trend to try and give an impression of war as it really was, to get us closer to the terrors of war, and to make us realise that it wasn't at all pleasant. Films like 'Saving Private Ryan' and other similar efforts gave us a truer picture of war – dirt, noise, blood, and people dying. The Patriot is one such film – it shows war in all it's gory and horrifying details. And it also shows how war can affect everyone – no matter where their standing in the battle, be it on the front lines or in their homes. War is universal in its scope – it affects all and spares none. This film shows this to great effect, and leaves you in no doubt as to what war meant to the people of history. So, to the film itself. Based in the times of the American War of Independence with the British, in the 1770s. The story centres around Benjamin Martin (played by Mel Gibson), who, after fighting bravely in the French – Indian wars, returns to his native South Carolina to live a peaceful life with his wife, tending to his crops and looking after his seven children. He has seen the horrors of war, and certainly has quite a few demons in his past he woul
                          d rather forget about, but never will. His wife dies, and Martin now completes renounces the violence of war in favour of being a good father and a good farmer. So, when the War of Independence comes knocking on his door, Martin stands up in front of the people of his state and says it straight – they should not go to war, but urge for a peaceful solution as long as possible, until they have no other choice. He tells them that if there is war "It will not be fought on the frontier, but amongst us. Our children will see it with their own eyes." But Martin is outvoted, and the state goes to war. His eldest son, Gabriel (played by Heath Ledger), eager for a piece of the action, signs up without his fathers permission and goes off to experience the war for himself. However, he's soon back, wounded and on his way to deliver important dispatches to the American army. But the battle is soon upon them, and Gabriel is discovered, and Martin's second eldest son is killed ruthlessly trying to save him, by the evil and calculating Colonel Tavington (Jason Isaacs). Martin is drawn into the war, and so the main part of our story begins. Martin goes to war, mainly for vengeance, but also partly for pride for his country. This story is well written and complex – there are enough sub plots to keep you on your toes, and you're never short of something to think about in the film, and this is just the way I like it. The film has a bit of everything – action, romance, morals, and a healthy lashing of the horrific cruelty of war for good measure. It's nothing short of an epic feature, and at over two and half hours, you're going to really have to enjoy it to watch it through to it's crescendo-like conclusion. Luckily, there was no point in the film that I even considered how long I'd been watching it for, and this is always a good sign. Gibson plays an excellent part as the lowly farmer who rises to lead a
                          n assault against those oppressing them. He has a hero's charm, and there are plenty of clever moments in the film where he sets up a cunning trick, but there's the strong overtones of a man who will stand by his principles, and not sink to base tactics. The demons from his past add an interesting dimension to the film, and the combination of a loyal soldier and a devoted father produce a fascinating character. Gibson is shaping up to be an excellent and versatile actor, and after his successes with Ransom, Braveheart and What Women Want, I expect him to continue to do great things. Isaacs is the classic arch-enemy character. While a excellent tactician and soldier, he is also dastardly and ruthless, and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants, or what he thinks he deserves. While some people will see him as a unrealistic Americanisation of an Englishman, these people need to remember that such people exist on both sides in conflict, and while there are also heroes, for each one of those there is an underhand and evil type who has a totally different view on battle. So what of the controversy the film created? Well, I'm sorry to say this, but most of it is unfounded. Some British soldiers would act in a way that they did in the film, just as some American soldiers would too. We see soldiers doubting their superior's actions, soldiers disobeying orders, and some taking vengeance with no restraint – on BOTH sides. And in the end, it is just a story, not a documentary. While it's not a completely accurate depiction of history, I prefer to take the film on face value, and enjoy the story for what it is. Although it is based in part on a true story, it is a dramatisation, with many improvised parts, and many part altered to be more 'film-friendly', including most of the characters, so it's much better to take it as a fictional story, and enjoy the action and storyline it brings with it. The effects in
                          the film are quite impressive, and some of the more gory scenes are quite vivid – hence if you're young or squeamish, then you shouldn't be watching this. The dialogue is impressive in parts, and the soundtrack is by John Williams (Jurassic Park, Star Wars), so I need say no more! Casting is also brilliant, and Star Trek fans will be pleased to see the excellent Rene Auberjonois (Odo from Deep Space 9) playing a timid and god fearing reverend, who is forced into battle by needs rather than choice. I was surprised how well he acted outside the Star Trek environment, but he did a good job and I hope to see more from him in the future. I enjoyed this film immensely, and although it was quite strange to see what many would call a 'period drama' used in this way, it was welcome, and added to the atmosphere. It's a film full of charm, excitement, and above all - meaning. If people don't learn something of the dreadful nature of war from this film, the pain of loosing loved ones, and the meaning of family, then, well – they obviously weren't watching hard enough! This is a well crafted film, and certainly one to watch.

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