The Patriot Reviews
Now, I understand that this movie is not without it's flaws. It can be quite melodramatic at times and it's practically Braveheart set during the Revolutionary War. Also, it's not historically accurate. However, what needs to be understood is that this film, like Braveheart, is historical fiction. Therefore, I don't think it's fair to judge this film because it's not based on a true story. But it does serve an overarching purpose, and that purpose was to simply show that the Revolutionary War sucked. The victory was sweet, but American citizens lost much in the process. Nobody was really safe. And trust me, this movie hits that fact hard with a vengeance. Also, Jason Isaac's, "Colonel Tavington", is one of the most abhorrent, hateable villains I've ever seen. Seriously, he's almost as bad as Commodus in Gladiator and I REALLY hated that guy.
Overall, I loved the patriot. It's an inspiring film that really helped show how hard the Revolutionary War must have been for some. Yes, it's pretty melodramatic at times and it's basically American Braveheart (except not really). However, in the end, The Patriot is a emotional, fun film to watch that I always enjoy going back to.
Entertaining story of Mel Gibson's refusal to join Revolutionary war until his family is jeopardized. Better than you might expect, and surprisingly not predictable, with good performances and rousing battles scenes . . . just don't think about it too hard. The depiction of British officers are absurd but still enjoyable; nothing can bear close scrutiny it seems, but it's certainly fun. "Extended edition" runs 175 minutes.