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Hollywood Spotlight - Reviews [Patriot]


Patriot (Special Edition) (2000)

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Studio: Columbia/TriStar
Year: 2000
Run Time: 165 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Mel Gibson, Tcheky Karyo, Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs and Tom Wilkinson
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
  Movie Summary: [Drama]

    Bejamin Martin is a reluctant hero who is swept into the American Revolution when the war reaches his home and threatens his family. A hero of the fierce French and Indian conflict, Martin had renounced fighting forever to raise his family in peace. But when the British arrive at his South Carolina home and endanger what he holds most dear, Martin takes up arms alonside his idealistic patriot son, Gabriel, and leads a brave rebel Militia into battle against a relentless and overwhelming English army. In the process, he discovers the only way to protect his family is to fight for a young nation's freedom.

DVD Details
  • Widescreen: 2.35:1 (anamorphic), DD 5.1 and 2.0, Color, Surround, Additional Languages: French, Subtitles: English, French, Closed Captioned, Region 1
  • Commentary with Director Roland Emerich and Producer Dean Devlin / Visual Effects Featurette / Battlefield Featurette 'The Art of War' / Additional Featurette / Conceptual Art to Film Comparisons / Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary with Filmmakers / Photo Galleries / DVD-ROM Weblinks / Theatrical Trailers / Talent Files / Interactive Menus with Animation / Produciton Notes /
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Reviewer: Sean Kelly

I found this to be very enjoyable. I have several minor gripes, but all-in-all it was quite good, certainly better that it's summer-contender, The Perfect Storm. There was a lot of talk leading up to this movie about it being another Braveheart set in the Revolutionary War. I quickly dismissed such blatent pre-conception, but in hindsight must admit that there are some remarkable similarities that cannot be dismissed. I guess that's not so bad - Braveheart was a great film - studios seem convinced that there's a bigger buck in playing off existing successes - ie The Lost World, toy Story 2, and every other sequel ever made. There were parts of the film that I actually laughed instead of indulging the intended emotional draw for the scene - there were openly obvious attempts to draw the crowd into the scene with these heavily emotional moments, and while I'm sure that it worked for the masses, I just had to sit back, grin and watch everyone else around me pretend not to be swiping at tears and sniffing. (Pay particular attention to those around you during the scene where Gibson's daughter calls to him!) I recall seeing a program on T.V. leading up to the release of this film which discussed computer generated imagery (CGI) in movies, where among many, they touched upon The Patriot - they showed these wireframe models of cannonballs sailing through the air, and I recall thinking how ridiculous it is to use CGI for such a thing in such a film. But in reality, the CGI was extremely effective - my own girlfriend actually -ducked- in her seat as one of the cannonballs came screaming towards the screen (very well timed sequence, can't blame her!). I found the CGI additions to be very complimentary of the film. The movie is an exhillerating adventure into the roots of American history. And I don't care what the Brittish complain about regarding possible inaccuracies of the portrayal of various Brittish historical figures - the victors WRITE history!


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