I actually enjoy this beautiful action drama set during the American Revolution War that actually dare to show the consequence of war and that even the most lovable characters can fall victim to evil. Jason Isaacs steal the film as cold, mean, sadistic killing-machine bent on ruining Mel Gibson's family life.
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.
I am going back and reviewing movies I saw but didn't put on my filmography as I am bored, unemployed and don't have the strength to apply to 30 more jobs today like I did yesterday. This is historically inaccurate. Nothing can kill Heath Ledg- Oh I see.
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.
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.
I usually hate Roland Emmerich with a burning passion (with the exception of Independence Day because that is the best "shut your brain off" movie ever) with all the awful movies he usually makes, but this is legitimately my favorite movie of his. Even then, that isn't saying much...