A farmer is forced into the American Revolution after a British
colonel murders his son, prompting him to form a Colonial Militia.
The Patriot (2000)
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Written by Robert Rodat
Starring Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs, Joely Richardson, Chris Cooper, Tom Wilkinson, Tcheky Karyo, Lisa Brenner,
Donal Logue, Adam Baldwin, Jay Arlen Jones
Oscar Nominations - Best Cinematography, Best Original Score (John Williams), Best Sound Mixing
The Patriot is one of the best films made about the American Revolution, a time of history that is fairly untapped. The drama is serious, the battle scenes are terrific, and the performances are nothing short of brilliant.
Mel Gibson leads this cast as Benjamin Martin, a peaceful farmer forced into the war after his son is murdered. Gibson plays the character of Martin with great sincerity and provides one of the best performances of his career. Heath Ledger also shines as Benjamin's son Gabriel in a role that started to show the acting world that Ledger was more than just a pretty face.
But the showstealer in this film is Jason Isaacs, who plays the sadistic British colonel William Tavington. Tavington is a psychotically evil soldier who revels in the horrors of war and is responsible for all of Benjamin's grief. Isaacs gave the performance of a liftime with this role and helped make this film a memorable and entertaining one.