The Patriot Film Review

In 1776 in colonial south Carolina, Benjamin Martin wants no part in the war between America and Britain, but his son does. Without permission his eldest son signs up for the war. After this, William Tavington, known for brutal tactics kills Martins younger son and burns down his house and farm, this makes Martin seek revenge but he doesn’t know whether to protects his family or go after Tavington. The movie isn’t the most accurate movie out their but it is action packed and has lots of true facts and some very goodly done stuff.
There are many false facts in the movie patriot but there are also lots of true ones. Some of the true facts in the movie are how in one of the last battles in the war, the Americans came up with a plan to make it look like all they brought to the war was militia and in the middle of the fight they would make the English think they were retreating. when actually they had their entire army behind a hill it worked perfectly for the Americans, the British pushed forward right into their trap and they ended up winning the war. This was very goodly portrayed in the movie. Another thing that was true in the movie was how they offered the slaves freedom if they served 1 year and got paid for it. The thing they did the best on in the movie was how the militia attacked their enemies. How they “sneak attacked” the English, they would hide and shoot the leaders first and then eventually kill all the people they were attacking with no casualties. Another thing that they got right about the real war is how the French helps them win the war at the end, and also how they battled at the beginning with open fields and rows of soldiers.


The patriot was a exciting movie but there were lots of misleading and untrue facts. Like how Tavington said to kill all the wounded enemies and to burn martins house down this never happened because there was no point, they weren’t blood thirst mean criminals like the movie said they were, they also said he killed one of martins sons which portrays him very well as a bad guy none of this is true. Also in the real war Cornwallis wasn’t defeated at the battle of Cowpens and wasn’t even at the battle himself, he won courthouse and Tarleton lost Cowpens but he actually lived to be an old age unlike in the film. Another thing that was badly portrait in the movie was how many black people actually fought in the war, and also how the British were portrait as evil when they burnt down the church with dozens of screaming women, children and men when that never even happened. One thing that I don’t know why they did this but how Martin never had an elder son in the war. In the movie they didn’t portray slavery like it really was, there was almost no slaves in the movie when at this time slavery trades and slavery all together was at its biggest point, and slaves weren’t treated like workers like on Martins farm, they were treated like furniture and not like human beings, also how at the beginning Tavington killed Martins son which is completely false, many think they did this to make America look better and look like they were the victim here since this is an American movie.


Benjamin Martin may not be as nice as portrayed, he was actually very cruel and the opposite of nice. Martin raped his own slaves regularly he also killed Indians for fun and for no reason. In the movie they said that Benjamin Martin also freed slaves, this is completely false. One thing they did get right is his was a great leader, leading the Americans to victory.


William Tavington was very poorly represented in the movie, in the film he was represented as a blood thirsty child killer. In the film there was a scene where he gives orders to put everyone from the town into the church and then he locks the doors and burns it down, he may not have been the nicest person but he definitely wouldn’t and didn’t do that and Tarleton never did anything remotely resembling such an action. In another scene it shows William killing Benjamin Martins younger son while he was trying to save his brother from being killed by Tavington, this never happened mainly because Benjamin Martin never had an older son. In the movie he happily kills women and children and wounded soldiers.


There was lots of bias info in the movie like how they portrayed the English badly. Saying that they burned a church with children in it, how they killed surrendering enemies, and how he killed Martins son when he was trying to save his brother from the British, they did this to make America look good and like they didn’t do anything wrong because this is an American film. They made it look like barely anyone had slaves when their were tones of slaves in America and at this time slavery trades were at their highest and they were treated like furniture and not like a human being, in the movie the slaves were treated like workers and not like they were treated, like slaves and also how there was only a couple loyalists when there were thousands of loyalists. Bias played a major role in the portrayal of the story. Bias is to be expected in such a film because it is an American made film explaining the story of their independence, so it is inevitable it would favor them.


The movie is an ok source of information, it has many incorrect scenes. Obviously it has lots of correct information also, but it may mislead lots of people. Even though there are a lot of things they did wrong they did a good job on showing the battles, they were intense gory and semi realistic and all and all you get a good feel for how the battles were like.