The Patriot –Superbit [DVD] [2000]

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Aimed directly at a mainstream audience, The Patriot qualifies as respectable entertainment, but anyone expecting a definitive drama about the American Revolution should look elsewhere, Rising above t..read more

Aimed directly at a mainstream audience, The Patriot qualifies as respectable entertainment, but anyone expecting a definitive drama about the American Revolution should look elsewhere,
Rising above the blatant crowd pleasing of Stargate, Independence Day and Godzilla, director Roland Emmerich crafts a marvellous re-creation of South Carolina in the late 1770s (aided immeasurably by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel), and Robert Rodat’s screenplay offers the same balance of epic scale and emotional urgency that elevated his earlier script for Saving Private Ryan,
Unfortunately, Emmerich embraces clich├ęs and hackneyed melodrama that a more gifted director would have avoided,
Instead of attempting a truly great film about the most pivotal years of American history, Emmerich settles for a standard revenge plot with the Revolutionary War as an incidental backdrop,
On those terms, the film is engrossing and sufficiently intelligent, especially when militia leader Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) cagily negotiates with British General Cornwallis (Tom Wilkinson) in one of the most rewarding scenes,
For the most part, the story concerns Martin’s anguished quest for revenge against ruthless redcoat Colonel Tavington (played with snide relish by Jason Isaacs), and the rise to manhood of Martin’s eldest son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger), whose battlefield honour exceeds even that of his brutally volatile father,
At its best, The Patriot conveys the horror of war among innocent civilians, and the epic battle scenes, while by no means masterful, are graphically intense and impressive,
And although Ledger’s love interest (Lisa Brenner) is too bland to register much emotion, the focus on family (which frequently relegates the war to background history) provides a suitable vehicle for Gibson, who matches his achievement in Braveheart with an effectively brooding performance,
Jeff Shannon

  • Actor:Mel Gibson
  • Actor:Heath Ledger
  • Actor:Joely Richardson
  • Actor:Jason Isaacs
  • Actor:Chris Cooper
  • AudienceRating:Suitable for 15 years and over
  • Binding:DVD
  • Creator:Mel Gibson
  • Creator:Heath Ledger
  • Creator:Dean Devlin
  • Creator:Dionne McNeff
  • Creator:Gary Levinsohn
  • Creator:Mark Gordon
  • Creator:Michael Dahan
  • Creator:Peter Winther
  • Creator:Robert Rodat
  • Director:Roland Emmerich
  • EAN:5035822044166
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  • Format:PAL
  • Label:Sony Pictures
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  • Manufacturer:Sony Pictures
  • NumberOfDiscs:1
  • NumberOfItems:1
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  • ProductGroup:DVD
  • ProductTypeName:ABIS_DVD
  • Publisher:Sony Pictures
  • RegionCode:2
  • ReleaseDate:2002-10-14
  • RunningTime:165
  • Studio:Sony Pictures
  • Title:The Patriot –Superbit [DVD] [2000]
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