In Hollywood, history is typically overlooked in the name of entertainment. It is rare to see people flock to the theatres for the sake of an hour and a half history lesson. Rather, the major blockbusters of our time are often composed of nothing but a purely fictional script. It is rare to find a film that provides a good mix of history while remaining entertaining for an extended period of times. Like most Hollywood History films, The Patriot tries to find the perfect balance of fiction and truth into a very entertaining two hours. By examining the film’s story and its historical accuracies and inaccuracies, this will becomes increasingly apparent.
The Patriot, released in 2000, details the campaign of a war that has been, for the most part, ignored in the film world. It is 1776 when the Revolutionary War began between the American Colonists and the British soldiers. The main character, Benjamin Martin, is a veteran of the French and Indian war who wants independence from Britain, but is not willing to risk the safety of his already motherless children by going to war. The film tells the story of Benjamin Martin, played by Mel Gibson, a South Carolina planter raising his seven children by himself. Though Martin is seriously opposed to South Carolina’s vote and pursue of independence to take part in the war due to his previous experience with an earlier war, his son Gabriel, played by Heath Ledger, is not opposed. Gabriel goes against his father and decides to enlist with the continental army.
Benjamin Martin remains a pacifist until the war ends up on his land. He helped wounded soldiers both from the American side & British side and because of that he was viewed as a traitor to many people. After British troops led by Colonel Tavington, portrayed by Jason Isaacs, rode upon the scene and found Martin tending to both soldiers, Tavington ordered Martin’s house be burned and killed his second eldest son. The death of his son, Thomas, made Martin react and...
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