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The Patriot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lethal Tomahawk

    Or, as we sometimes call it, Braveheart in Britches. Yes, the Revolutionary War was all about Mel Gibson going berserk and killing 20 Brits in five minutes. And of course, he, as a plantation owner in South Carolina, didn't own any SLAVES ... that plot element would actually have made people think a little about the implications of the war and who it really freed. If you watch the wonderful old comedy "Sweet Liberty" with Alan Alda you will laugh at the way the producers in that movie changed history all around. They thought the intelligence of the public was so low that moviegoers couldn't possibly understand the way things really happened. Well, the producers of "The Patriot" made the exact same idiotic decisions because they apparently have the same contempt for the public's intelligence. The story of the Revolutionary War in the South is fascinating but you wouldn't know it from this moronic showcase for Mel Gibson's feeble acting "talent". If you want a good film about the Revolution, rent "The Crossing", which is about Washington's Christmas Day attack on Trenton, NJ in 1776. It probably had 1/1000th of the budget spent on "The Patriot" but has 1,000 times the integrity and strength as a story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Poorly Written and Blatantly Inaccurate

    Many of the flaws in this film have been detailed by the previous review: I will add a few more. The film portrays the colonials granting freedom to slaves to fight the British when actually it was the other wary around. Slaves lived and worked under horrible conditions imposed by their colonial masters and many joined/aided the British who had offered their freedom. There's no evidence that English forces ever burnt down a church or least of all a church full of people. This movie is just plain bad with a stereotypical Hollywood comic-book/good vs. evil plot. Don't waste your time or money on this sorry show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    2hrs45mins of rubbish

    The Smithsonian Institute advised on the making of this film. Either the film-makers ignored their advice or the reputation of the Smithsonian Institute is over-rated. When, oh when, did the British burn down a church full of colonialists? Answer: they never did. A lot of the soldiers, as did a lot of British, sympathised with the colonialists and relations between the army and the colonialists was surprisingly good - not that you would get that from this film. Worse than the misrepresentation of the war is the insufferable performance from Mel Gibson. I gave this film one star because I am not allowed to give it no stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Give me a break!

    This was the biggest bunch of manipulative Hollywood hokum I've ever seen. Mel Gibson could be a good actor, but he always comes off as so self-conscious. The big battles were well done, but that alone doesn't a movie make!

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    Posted November 22, 2010

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