Depicts the story of an American swept into the American Revolutionary War when his family is threatened. The protagonist, Benjamin Martin is loosely based on real Continental Army officer Francis Marion and other Revolutionary War figures.
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I just revisited this. For two hours I tried to give this movie the benefit of a doubt, hoping it could be something akin to a John Ford movie made in 2000. I enjoyed some of its theatricality, style and some of the performances. Beyond that, the portrayal of the British as Nazis and the shirking of slavery are both downright offensive. The melodrama, which had characters speaking in hyperbole, became excruciating.
Not a period piece, but something from some alternate universe where slaves were happy, all Brits were sadistic, and human beings could deserve to be killed by a hatchet thrown at the forehead. Not history, not even close. It's a shame that this can hide behind such a label.
An imaginary past built on the myths Americans would like to believe about themselves. We won the war against the cruel British with a small group of ragtag, reluctant yet committed warriors. The French were a burden, not a help. Slavery barely existed, and free black people lived in idyllic splendor. Entertaining in its breathless stupidity.