You didn't read this in your sixth-grade history book, but if Mel Gibson hadn't taught guerilla warfare to the rebellious colonials, there might not be an American republic. That's mean, of course. But star power like Gibson's doesn't get subsumed into
character, and that you never lose sight of the fact you're not watching Benjamin Martin South Carolina landowner, respected veteran and father of seven motherless children rather than a really big star
swanning around in cool, old-fashioned clothes seriously undermines this
epic's powerful historical underpinnings. The year is 1776, revolution is in the air, and all Martin wants is to keep his h...