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The Patriot
A Short Review by Joe Soria


Mel Gibson received $25 million dollars upfront from Sony  Pictures to deliver a Braveheart like epic of a film. What they got was sappy garbage with some factual basis about a supposed American hero, who was not actually such a great person, and a few good fight scenes. 

Gibson plays Benjamin Martin, a widower who does not wish to go to war with the British. He does not want his 7 children to see the horrors of war right in front of them. 

The film has a few too many slow motion shots, not enough war scenes. Although I even got a little teary eyed when Gibson runs across a battlefield holding that American flag like he would in a joust battle. But it doesn't make up for the rest of the 164 minutes of my life that I wasted with this film. 

In the main role, Mel Gibson does his patriotic shtick and is not terrible. The problem of the film is young Aussie Heath Ledger, previously seen in 10 Things I Hate About You. He's just bad, he recites his lines like he's reading off a paper. His chemistry with Mel is the pits, and the worst I've seen between a father and son possibly ever. Their chemistry is horrifying. Plus their is a terrible performance Joely Richardson as Gibson's sister in law who becomes his lover. Yuch!

The director of the film is not surprisingly also part of the producers who brought the summer one of its all time mishaps Godzilla, that's right Roland Emmerich. His latest production is another doozy in his and Dean Devlin's productions. Remember The 13th Floor, a film released last year the same week as Star Wars. Neither do I. Less big budget crap means more money to go towards good movies. By the way, if Godzilla 2 gets made I'm sending a hit man to Devlin and Emmerich's houses. That's enough bashing for one review. Don't see this movie, it's bad for you.

Stars: Mel Gibson, Chris Cooper, Heath Ledger
Rating: 1 out of 4 stars
Rated R for strong war violence
Running Time: A tortuous and never ending 164 minutes


[an error occurred while processing this directive] An excellent score from John Williams, composer for all the Star Wars flicks.

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