A long movie
released Summer 2000
, starring Mel Gibson
as a bystander
in the American Revolutionary War
who joins the South Carolina militia
after witnessing atrocities
committed on his family
by an evil British Dragoon Colnel
, played by Jason Isaacs
. As he takes revenge
, however, he is haunted
by the memories of atrocities that he himself committed in the French and Indian War
At the beginning of the film, as the Colonials are hosting a forum on whether South Carolina should join the revolt, Gibson's family man character casts a vote against, warning that the battles will be fought amongst the citizenry, and that no one will remain innocent of the carnage of war. Both the troops under Cornwallis and the militias fulfill this prophesy over the course of the movie, usually in graphic detail.
While director Roland Emmerich does not give the movie a classic Hollywood ending, he is not above employing some classic hollywood manipulation, giving long-winded pollyannaic speaches to doomed characters, and killing off innocent characters for no good reason so that we hate the British more.
I give this movie 3.5 stars out of five. If you liked Braveheart, then you'll like The Patriot, since they're pretty much exactly the same movie in different settings.