The Patriot 2000

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The Patriot ★★½ 2000 (R)

Bloody, long, and melodramatic Revolutionary War revenge pic with a strong lead by Gibson and a notably hissable villain in Isaacs. Benjamin Martin (Gibson) is a former guerilla soldier in the French and Indian wars who just wants to raise his family in peace. Unfortunately, local redcoat leader, Col. Tavington (Isaacs), has other ideas and when Martin's idealistic soldier son Gabriel (Ledger) is captured, dad gets caught up in the action. Producing partners Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin did “Independence Day” and “Godzilla,” so spectacle is their middle name. Film gave the British critics apoplexy with its inaccuracies. But who won, anyway? 164m/C VHS, DVD, Blu-ray Disc . Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs, Chris Cooper, Tcheky Karyo, Joely Richardson, Tom Wilkinson, Donal Logue, Rene Auberjonois, Adam Baldwin, Leon Rippy, Jay Arlen Jones, Gregory Edward Smith, Logan Lerman, Mika Boorem, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Trevor Morgan, Mary Jo Deschanel, Joey D. Viera, Bryan Chafin; D: Roland Emmerich; W: Robert Rodat; C: Caleb Deschanel; M: John Williams.