mel gibson monday: the patriot
the fourth of july came and went last week, but Murphy and i were hardly able to get in an appropriately patriotic mood. i’m not sure if it was due to our continuing bitterness over the supreme court ruling, the fact that our entire neighborhood was still without power, or the annoyance at being disinvited to the annual pool party / fireworks / bbq / potluck extravaganza that my former best friend, turk sorensen, puts on every independence day. for all i know, it could have been from the frustration of losing the most recent episode of “the bachelorette” from our tivo and having to hear from the girl across the street that stupid Emily chose to get rid of Chris. (Murphy is convinced she will never find happiness, and frankly, i’m inclined to agree.)
anyway, whatever our reasons were at the time, Murphy and i decided over the weekend that we needed to be better americans and get back to an especially independency state of mind, and we figured that the best way to do this was to honor our country with Mel Gibson’s most patriotic movie, the aptly titled “the patriot.”
on to the plot. Mel plays a slightly unstable combat veteran of the french and indian war who wants nothing other than to stay out of the fray of the revolutionary war and live peacefully on his south carolina plantation. after tragedy strikes, he changes his mind and decides to take on the british with a guerilla unity of militiamen that he has organized. needless to say, Mel kicks some serious red-coat backside, thus ensuring that the u. s. of a. would be the greatest nation on earth. Heath Ledger and Tom Wilkinson, among others, co-star.
i don’t want to say anything more about the movie except that, if you haven’t seen it, you really need to. tonight. redbox doesn’t have it (no-good commies), but wal-mart does (heck yeah, america!), and so might your local video store.
thanks to the good peoples at the youtubes, here’s the trailer, to give you a better idea of what all the excitement is about:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dop2T92TXCw]
does it get any more awesome than that? i submit that it does not.
in all seriousness, folks, i think that we might be able to turn this country around if we could just get Mel Gibson to run for president. or at least make a film where he plays someone running for president.
heck, he could use nothing but quotes from “the patriot” as his soundbites.
spoken like a true patriot.
well, i’m voting for him. Mel’s better than anyone else currently on the ballot.