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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 the blatant crowd pleasing of Stargate, Independence Day, and Godzilla, director Roland Emmerich crafts a marvelous 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 clichés 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 honor 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

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Commentary by: Director Roland Emmerich and Producer Dean Devlin
  • Visual Effects Interactive Featurette
  • Battlefield Featurette - The Art of War
  • Authenticity Featurette "True Patriots"
  • Conceptual Designs
  • Talent Files
  • Scene Selections with Motion Images

Cast

Mel GibsonBenjamin Martin
Heath LedgerGabriel Martin
Joely RichardsonCharlotte Selton
Jason IsaacsCol. William Tavington
Chris CooperCol. Harry Burwell
Tcheky KaryoJean Villeneuve
Rene AuberjonoisReverend Oliver
Lisa BrennerAnne Howard
Tom WilkinsonGen. Lord Charles Cornwallis
Donal LogueDan Scott
Leon RippyJohn Billings
Adam BaldwinCapt. Wilkins
Jay Arlen JonesOccam
Joey D. VieiraPeter Howard
Gregory SmithThomas Martin
Mika BooremMargaret Martin
Skye McCole BartusiakSusan Martin
Trevor MorganNathan Martin
Bryan ChafinSamuel Martin
Logan LermanWilliam Martin
Mary Jo DeschanelMrs. Howard
Jamieson PriceCapt. Bordon (as Jamieson K. Price)
Peter WoodwardCharles O'Hara
Grahame WoodRedcoat Lieutenant
Beatrice BushAbigale the Housekeeper
Shan Omar HueyJoshua
Hank StoneRollins
Kirk FoxSkunk
Jack MooreCurly
Mark TwogoodDanvers
Colt RombergerColt
Terry LaymanGen. George Washington
Shannon EubanksMrs. Simms
Bill RobersonLoyalist Simms
Charles BlackMatthew
Andy StahlGen. Nathanel Greene
Kristian TruelsenHardwick
Kanin HowellPostrider
Mark Jeffrey MillerWounded Continental
Zach HannerBritish Field Officer

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8.8

The Patriot is both a story of epic proportions and length, and suffers from having to...

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Roland Emmerich
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 164 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 28, 2000
    EuropeJul 14, 2000
    JapanSep 23, 2000
    AustraliaJul 20, 2000
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaJul 3, 2007
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 19, 2001
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