The Patriot
Starring:
Mel Gibson
Directed By:
Roland Emmerich
Grade
B

I will say this much for this movie: I went in expecting it to suck. There was so much hype about this that I was sure it'd be a big pile of crap. When I was through watching the movie, I was mildly pleased.

Pleased... not converted to the church of Mel. This is a good, old-fashioned war flick with a number of the common themes found in all war movies. The scenes between the actors are well portrayed and I have nothing but good things to say of the cast. The battles themselves are nice, but, to be honest, kind of dry. I guess you can't expect much out of two rows of soldiers shooting at each other after seeing the horror and bloodshed of Braveheart or Saving Private Ryan. I myself found the one fight between Mel and the 20 British troops to be much more charging.

If you go to see this movie just to be entertained, you wont be disappointed. Just don't go to see it if you think it's going to be the same adrenalin-pumping epic that BraveHeart was.

If you can get past the predictable plot, you'll really enjoy this film.

- - Kinderfeld

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