April 16, 2018

Toxic Masculinity Film Festival: #5 — “The Patriot” (2000)

Ben DaviesRebel Host | Rebel Reel Reviews

As promised, my Toxic Masculinity Film Festival is kicking off with a movie that bleeds red, white and blue: 2000's The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson.

The left hates this movie because it puts their own "struggles" against imaginary issues into perspective, while it champions characters who take responsibility and fight for something higher than themselves.

Others complained that The Patriot was historically inaccurate, but I'll explain why this is a moot point — and why Spike Lee's charge that it was "racist" is absurd.

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commented 2018-04-17 11:35:19 -0400
I don’t know … Children back then weren’t like the children of today who are fed a diet of sugar and cartoons… they were more like adults in the waiting. Indoctrinated child soldiers in north Africa and the Middle East know nothing more then kill kill kill for the sake of killing and taught to like it .. They don’t know love they don’t know mercy or when the war is over.. first of all do you have to be educated to understand what it is you’re fighting for.. The ramifications of child soldiers in north Africa and the Middle East is chilling.!! Assisting your father aiding in the recovery of your son is much different then the children being kidnapped de-programmed and then re-programmed with the help of narcotics as little killing machines with no off switch. Just my take on it.
commented 2018-04-17 09:53:03 -0400
Without toxic masculinity, the world wouldn’t have progressed. Railroads? Exploring? Civilization?
commented 2018-04-17 04:32:13 -0400
Glenn Craig… A very valid observation given use of “boy soldiers” from Iran to Palestine to almost every nation in Africa in recent years…
commented 2018-04-17 00:27:18 -0400
The American Revolution was a long shot at best. Brittan was the major world power of the time & there were plenty of loyalists in the country as well. Even the rebels still toasted the king at the beginning. It took some time for it to become a true war of independence.
commented 2018-04-17 00:25:52 -0400
Didn’t like the movie, in fact, didn’t like Braveheart either. Too many inaccuracies in both movies, yes there is accurate info as well but if it is not dead on, to me it’s a loser. To be honest, I never liked Gibson but my opinion of the movie has nothing to do with that. Pretty much every historic movie I have ever seen, historically was a loser. They may have been entertaining but that’s all. I have a real problem with people, in particular the young, taking away with them, after seeing a historically inaccurate film, an attitude that they are informed of the truth when they are not. It’s this kind of thing that has also led to the domination in society by the Left Wing. They are in charge in Hollywood, they make films and in doing so rewrite history.
As far as the slavery issue, it was the British that abolished slavery long before the Americans and the Americans were practicing slavery still in the later 1800s.
commented 2018-04-16 21:16:02 -0400
I’ll tell you the effect that movie had on me…..I had worked for two years compiling material for a book on child soldiers that I was going to entitle “The Children’s Crusade”. I was inspired by the book “For thr Sake of All Living Things” by John Delvecchio. When I saw the scene where Mel Gibson recruits his two youngest sons to rescue his oldest I rethought the whole matter and desided that I had not been objective and highly judgemental in what I had written to that point.

It is also why I scorn the lefteous indignation of those who plead (wrongly in fact) that Omar Khadr was a boy soldier….he was in fact old enough to be conscripted in many of the world’s armed forces.