A rousing, masculine epic with as much savagery as melodrama. It's the heroism of the Scots against the pitiful cowardice of the Britons and their loyalists. Mel Gibson leads the pack with a good performance, but its his direction that really shines here. The wonderful cinematography, beautiful sets, and sweeping score pay homage to the cinematic spectacles of a bygone era. A little corny at times, but gleefully.