The Patriot

January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Al Barnes

Plot: What’s it about?

A typical story of a doctor, (Steven Seagal) who formerly worked for our government on biological weapons but now treats the residents of a small town in Montana. A standoff between a local militia group and several federal police agencies (Waco type thing) is the catalyst for the main conflict but after the militia releases a toxic agent on the town, it’s up to Seagal to combat the militia and the virus. In the end he finds an unlikely solution to the problem.

I have enjoyed many of Seagal’s movies over the years, Under Siege and Above the Law… to name a couple… but he falls way short in his attempt to break away from the “Good Guy Hero” (reported to be a bully in real life) who uses martial arts and .45…you’ll see one in all his movies…to wreak havoc on evil and defend the weak (works for me). He tries to rely on his PhD and holistic philosophies to cure the town and banish the bad guys. He needs to know his role and stay within the boundaries that made him a success. There are too many contrived events crammed within the script to allow the main plot work and the end is made to be too symbolic. Seagal seems to use some his latest movies to express his personal Zen like ideas that should be left to interviews…many more movies like this and there won’t be any. As an action genre enthusiast I would say think twice about the cost of a rental (it’s too much).

Video: How does it look?

Even though the movie lacked, the DVD’s video played and looked great but no 16×9 enhancement.

Audio: How does it sound?

Good sound for the most part but sometimes some action sequences had a hollow echo sound that was very noticeable. Seagal has the tendency to mumble at times and you lose some of the dialogue.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This area was even more disappointing than the movie. There are no extras except for the additional titles choice on the main menu. These are only pictures of other releases from the studio and you don’t get to see a trailer.

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