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The Patriot (1998)

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A respected doctor must race against time to find a cure for a lethal virus, unleashed by a paramilitary militia leader.

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Doctor Wesley McClaren is an immunologist in Ennis, Montana, and he has turned down an offer to join his friend Richard Bach, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is the head of a unit called the Biological Response Team (BRT). Wesley and his daughter Holly live on a farm in Ennis, and a farmhand named Frank lives with them. Just over the hill from the farm, a 52 day standoff against militia leader Floyd Chisolm has ended. Floyd has decided to be his own attorney in court. Everyone is shocked when Floyd spits on Judge Tomkins. After the hearing, Tomkins starts feeling sick. Holly, like she always does, stops at Wesley's office after school so she can go home with Wesley. On their way home, Wesley gets a call on his mobile phone. Wesley rushes to the hospital with Holly and tells her to wait in the doctors' lounge, then Wesley is taken to see Tomkins, who looks awful. Wesley is told that Tomkins collapsed in his chambers at the court building. Wesley sees a cop collapse, while Tomkins ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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10 July 1998 (Spain)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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This was the first Steven Seagal film released direct to video. After Half Past Dead (2002), all of his movies were released to video, which would end with Machete (2010). See more »

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Dr. Wesley McClaren: [to Holly while entering the reception room at the hospital] Get your homework done and if there are any guys in here no flirting. No dating until you are 40.
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Good, but...
19 September 1998 | by (Trondheim, Norway) – See all my reviews

Being an avid Steven Seagal fan, I must say that this film, in some important aspects, is an improvement on earlier efforts. Mr. Seagal's acting in "The Patriot" shows a widening of his abilities, not everyone can act together with a child and still come out first or at least equal. Likewise, he shows his audience that he can convey broader emotions and not just squint and knit his brows. Secondly, the photography is impressive, even though there is much riding around to and fro in landscape scenes.

What ultimately brings "The Patriot" down a few notches on my scale is the narrative. The story is told in a disjointed way, making persons suddenly appear or disappear as if they were props, they are too shallow. The story moves in small fits and stops, ultimately making it seem like an "Outbreak Lite" (which incidentally uses the same premises as this film, substituting a monkey instead of right wing militia), the martial arts sequences seem tacked on and I imagine Seagal action fans will be disappointed by their scarcity. Mr. Seagal is first and foremost an action star, and to remove himself from this (albeit narrow) genre implies some fancy footwork. Here, the fight sequences seem unnatural and included just to please the fans. The symbolism involving Native Americans will mostly be lost on Norwegians at least, but the final scenes involving the military, is a gem.

Summing up, I'd say that this is not Steven Seagal's worst film , but it would have been much better with a better narrative. The acting, locations and photography are, together with the story, very good and its environmental message is much better handled than in his earlier effort, "On Deadly Ground". It would have been interesting to look at what ended up on the cutting room floor. Now all I wait for is the next hi-quality and intelligent action movie (!) from Mr.Seagal while applauding his efforts to broaden his scope. I just don't think it's going to happen with this movie, which ultimately winds up on a more shallow level than the story and actors would leave you to expect.


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