The Patriot

The Patriot

What is The Patriot about?The Patriot Redcoats

A father of seven children avoids conflict in the American War of Independence much to the dismay of his oldest son.  After the British attack his family he joins the Continental and begins assaults on the redcoats using guerrilla warfare.  His involvement changes him, his family and his country.  

Directed by Roland Emmerich.  Starring Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Tom Wilkinson, Jason Isaacs and Chris Cooper.


Heath Ledger portrays Gabriel Martin

Heath Ledger portrays Gabriel Martin

Who is my favorite character?  Why?

Gabriel Martin played by Heath Ledger who I’m a big fan of.  His character in this film I feel is a little naive but the times were different then.  If my country ordered me to or if I felt the need was dire then yes, I would go to war.  However, Gabriel wants to go to war, I think not out a sense of duty but curiosity.  He fights though, never regretting such a decision.  A thing I admire.  Too many young people these days, have it a little rough and quit.  Or, they crying because things aren’t going their way.


What this movie’s famous line?

The protagonist played by Mel Gibson

“I have long feared that my sins would return to visit me, and the cost is more than I can bear.”


What elemental message do I see?

Stand up for the rights of you, your family and country.


What do the critics think?

Who cares.



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