Hollywood action star Steven Seagal (EXECUTIVE DECISION, GLIMMER MAN) provides big-screen heroics in this exciting, nonstop hard-hitting thriller where every second counts! Dr. Wesley McClaren was the government's top immu... more »nologist before giving it all up for a quiet practice in a small Montana community. But the peace is abruptly shattered when a violent extremist group unleashes a rapidly spreading lethal biological agent and takes over the town! As more and more people die from a baffling illness, the edge-of-your-seat suspense only intensifies as McClaren races to outsmart the militia men and find a cure before the insidious disease spreads worldwide!« less
"The Patriot is a different type of Seagal film. Sure there is plenty of action (although I would have liked to have seen more) but Steven relies more on his acting skills rather than his martial arts skills. Good thing. He proves not to be just a great action star (like he's already done) but he proves himself to be a damn fine actor as well. This is what drew me in. He has always been good enough to get the job done, but he must have taken lessons since his last one. This is a good film but people may not like it because of the heavy emphasis on drama. I don't know if this made it to theatres or not, but if it didn't, it should've. Steven appears to have lost some weight since Fire Down Below but he looks bigger because he's bundled up in a coat for the first half. It is true what they say, If you don't like this movie, you are probably shallow. It is very enjoyable for enviornmentalists and survivalists. The scenery and photography are wonderful and the villain was okay. Give this one a try but keep an open mind."
I timed it! less than 30 seconds of fighting!
Rob Nile | Bremerton, Wa United States | 08/15/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Seagal is a fantastic Aikido master. He makes wonderful movies and even though he only plays the same one character over and over he seems to do it well. This movie however has next to no action 27.28 seconds of fighting not including when he grabs somebody and puts a knife to their throats. Not only was the movie void of fighting, but it was flat out stupid. The acting is poor the plot is poor and the end is insulting. (the cure is flower pedal tea that knocks the plague out of you in minutes). Yeah, I almost believe that. Get another Seagal movie, most of them are okay. this one defies the norm."
Derserving more credit...
Hessian with Aggression | Reading, PA United States | 11/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Alright, so the story may not be all that great. But the acting is really good for all those involved and the philosophies behind a lot of the story can be rewarding if learned and applied to your life. Not in Seagal's top 5 movies but surely worth at least one viewing. I treat myself to multiple viewings because Steven Seagal can be seen differently than before. Definately give it a chance!"
How can this even be in release?
Jack R. Miller | Lansing, MI United States | 01/31/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Terrible film. Does a real disservice to the excellent Mel Gibson movie of the same name. How is this possible, just such a short time between releases of the same title? Should be a law against it!"
Simply Bad, But I Tried to Find Something Good, And...
Tsuyoshi | Kyoto, Japan | 12/19/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I have seen all of his films, but after watching "The Patriot" twice (once in theater and once on video), I must say this is one of Steven Seagal's worst movies that came on screen (but not THE worst, since much more terrible "Ticker" is coming on).Steven Seagal tends to throw several unnecessary factors into his movies. "The Glimmer Man" is an action-packed-with-"Seven"-like-thriller movie, and his debut as a director "One Deadly Ground" is about a guy who literally fights for the Earth's environment. Now again we see in "The Patriot" a misguided idea of putting lethal virus, militia, and martial arts together. So in "The Patriot" you will see Seagal a) look through a microscope; b) ride a horse; c) break a wineglass and a bad guy's neck too. How can you put these incongruous things into order? And as for virus, some people find the ending of "The Outbreak" not convincing enough; they will change their mind after watching the incredible conclusion of "The Patriot," which remains secret for your unexpected joy.The film's saving grace comes from the beautiful shot of landscape in Montana. The director is Dean Semler, who is awarded Oscar for cinematography of "Dances with Wolves," but I don't think the beautiful backdrop is what you want here. And look closely, you can find Seagal's real-life daughter Ayako Fujitani (credited as Ayako Seagal) as Seagal's assistant in the doctor's office."