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The Patriot (June 30, 2000)

I saw this movie with Humberto, Rangan, and Mary.  It's amazing how the dynamics of a film changes due to the company that you are with.  I enjoyed this movie because it was a successful summer blockbusters.  In my opinion, the movie used a very general plot as a vehicle to allow intense, cool looking action scenes to take place.  No extra thinking required, all the audience needs to do is kick back, relax, and watch a cannon ball decapitate a soldier as Mel Gibson whips out the true star of the movie.

This is what I mean when I say that your company can change your appreciation of a given film.  

One of the opening scenes involves a very ornate display of a lethal hand weapon.  Amidst fluffy aritcles of clothing in an antique wooden chest, the audience sees a well crafted ax that also functions as a hammer.  My male companions produced an orgasmic sigh during this opening scene.

As the plot of the movie unravels, Mel rips the set Brave Heart style and practically single handedly, kills 20 British soldiers.  The final soldier dies when Mel cranks out the ax/hammer, flings it, and the true star of the movie makes his shiny debut as he twirls in the air, and lands with the ax's edge in the dead center of a soldiers forehead.

This scene made my male companions very happy, and it gave me a new appreciation of cinegraphic violence.  I think that if there were to be a spot in the Oscars for best inanimate object, the ax would definitely win it.  Humberto feels differently.  The "holy ax" should win an Oscar for leading star and Mel should win an Oscar for best co-star.


(And just to be consistent with my other entries...)

Mel Gibson plays the role of a colonist who does not want to the colonies to fight against the British for independence.  Unfortunately, the British kills one son and capture another one, so Mel changes his mind in order to seek revenge.

Although I really didn't think twice about this movie, the British were trully offended by Mel Gibson and thinks that he has a personal vendetta against England.  To see their perspective, check out this site: