DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT: The Patriot

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BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: A loosely-based historical war film on the American Revolution and a family who is brought together in spite of being torn apart. Directed by Roland Emmerich, Gibson plays Benjamin Martin, an ex-soldier who joins the American militia after his oldest son (Ledger) joins the Continental army and the British gain momentum in their cause.

WHO’S IN IT: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger (oh, Heath!), Chris Cooper, Jason Isaacs

WHEN IT CAME OUT: 2000

HOW COME YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF (OR JUST SEEN) IT: It’s really long, and if you’re in your early to mid-twenties, you may have been too young for the content (read: gore) of the movie. Also, if you’re not into historical war dramas or Heath Ledger (though I can’t possibly imagine ANYONE being the latter), this probably didn’t spark your interest even a little bit.

WHY YOU NEED TO WATCH IT IMMEDIATELY:

  • Heath Ledger
  • While not wholly historically accurate, there’s a pretty good storyline to it and actually gets really emotional
  • Blood, war, explosions–all things that make for a great action flick
  • A pre-crazy train Mel Gibson when he was actually a dignified actor–and you get to see him in a sweet father role, while also watching him bring the storm to the British
  • Heath Ledger
  • (In my personal opinion) one of Roland Emmerich’s better flicks (with the total exception of Anonymous, which you should also watch)
  • Jason Isaacs–he’s a total douche in this movie, but I can’t help but still have a crush on him!
  • Heath Ledger
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dop2T92TXCw]
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