With all its high value, the word 'patriotism' is a few pathetic. It involves not only the love of the homeland, but also certain beliefs that people are always ready to defend. Even if the hands have to take up arms. You can easily and confidently say with not crooked soul: "I love my homeland '. But to declare yourself: 'I am a patriot " - it is presumptuous. The right to be called a patriot must be earned. Widower Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is the father of seven children. In his understanding homeland is his own house, his own farm, neighboring estates. Therefore, he sees no enthusiasm the idea of compatriots to go to war with England for the liberation of America (the action takes place in the late 18th century).
It is clear that Benjamin takes unpopular position among the surrounding. However, no one accuses him of cowardice as he became famous as a brave fighter in previous years. The audience also understands that Gibson's character will not sit idly, he will take arms in his hands well before the end of the film.
Of course, the war comes to the threshold. And it is not funny occupation, as it seemed to the young people but it is ruthless massacre, where even women and children die in horrible agony.
Benjamin Martin is in the thick of things. The feeling of revenge for the murdered of his son causes him to start his own war, behind the regular troops. And he fights so that the enemies come in confusion and horror.
But one man is no man. And Benjamin gathers his neighbors to fight with him against the enemy. It is called a guerrilla war when farmers begin to work together to deal with a professional army. 'Patriot' - it is a film about such a war. About the war that is conducted by its own rules, they may seem the wrong to the enemy, but they are not.
Meanwhile, Benjamin revenges for his son and takes part in war with the British. Some of the most poignant shots are when he melts and molds toy soldiers for the bullets. Why the film is not called 'The Avenger' but 'The Patriot'? It is simply because despite the initial assurances of Benjamin, he is a man of high principles. But the principles cannot be hidden somewhere. They are simply there or not. Only sometimes they come into conflict with reality. And when it comes to this review, Benjamin withstands it.
There are a few well-organized battle scenes in the film. It is worth to note the beauty of the landscape and the wonderful work of the operator and dressers in these scenes. Scenes of war alternate with peaceful, almost pastoral scenes, constantly recalling what exactly the heroes are fighting for.
With all its high value, the word 'patriotism' is a few pathetic. It involves not only the love of the homeland, but also certain beliefs that people are always ready to defend. Even if the hands have to take up arms. You can easily and confidently say with not crooked soul: "I love my homeland '. But to declare yourself: 'I am a patriot " - it is presumptuous.