Movie Critique

Topics: American Revolutionary War, Nathanael Greene, The Patriot Pages: 4 (1160 words) Published: May 1, 2013
Movie Critique

The Patriot directed by Roland Emmerich, is a war film based off the American Revolution War. The film was produced by Dean Devlin, Mark Gordon, and Gary Levinsohn. The theatrical release date was in June 30, 2000, with the famous star actors such as Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger and Jason Isaacs. I first saw the film a few years back in 2009, but I have recently seen this movie the past week to figure out the accuracy of history in this film. The few words I would describe this movie to a person who hasn’t seen it would be bloody and patriotic, but a great film.

The Patriot begins with the main character Benjamin Martin taking care of his family of seven. Martin is a veteran of the French and Indian War with a vicious heroic background for what he has done to the Natives at Fort Wilderness. He doesn’t go back to war because he is feared for his family’s protection. His oldest son Gabriel attends service for the revolutionary war without his father’s permission. As a result Gabriel unintentionally brings trouble to his family by having General Tavington (British Dragoon) kill his brother Thomas. Because of Thomas death and the death sentence expected for Gabriel, Benjamin former war side came out and went on a rampage seeking a victory over the British for the birth of a new, young, ambitious nation and the avenge for his son’s death. During the war, Martin and his men discover that they will pay a steep personal price for their rebellion. But thanks to their courage and bravery, they are also destined to pay a pivotal role in turning the tide against the Redcoats.

Benjamin Martin was a fictional character based on a historical war hero named Francis Marion (1732-1795) also known as the “Swamp Fox” who did ghost-like techniques that he learned from the French-Indian war against the Cherokees. His guerrilla techniques surprised the British “strike quick, and go hide just as fast.” However Francis Marion did not have any children till after the...
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