The Patriot

release year: 2000
genre: war/action/drama
viewing setting: home DVD, 10/28/00
what I expected: more mayhem a la Braveheart
what I got: something that didn't quite feel complete

synopsis: The Revolutionary war is fought in the home as well as the battlefield.

impressions: It had good battle scenes, some nice scenery, an evil why did I not love it? I can't say. It could be that so many good guys ended up dying - accurate, but it bums me out. I'm really having a hard time putting my finger on it. Anyway, the movie's epic in scope and ambition, and is probably the best Revolutionary War movie ever made. It's also a good demonstration of why war isn't glamorous at all.

acting: Mel Gibson did a good job, though his accent seemed to slip at times. The kid who played his oldest son also did a good job, as did the Frenchman and the evil colonel.

final word: Worth seeing, but your mileage may vary.

rating: C

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