Director Hugh Hudson adds optional narration and a new introduction to his 1985 period piece about the American Revolution, which stars Al Pacino as a New York trapper who becomes a reluctant revolutionary when his son is drafted to fight.
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About a fur trapper who tries not to pick sides in the American Revolution but finds himself thrusted into battle, Revolution is a great idea for a movie but it never quite comes together. It isn't able to bring its two main character's stories together in a satisfying way & the climax seems like an easy cop-out. In a way, by trying so hard to play along with realism, the film loses its way to history itself.
This movie is pretty amazing and I say this having only viewed the much-maligned original cut. One of the most uniquely immersive film experiences that I can recall, where the tumult and dynamism of a historical environment is foregrounded over character and plot. In this regard, parallels to Heaven's Gate aren't so unfounded.
This was a wretched viewing experience back in 1985/1986. 1/10.
However, Hugh Hudson's 2008 director's cut is worth seeking out - turns a plodding, aimless work into a unique ahead of it's times experience. A marvel 7/10.