As a former war hero of the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is determined to renounce his notoriously violent past in order to raise his family in peace. The last thing he wants to do is return to battle against the savage British redcoats in the midst of the American Revolution. But when one of his sons is killed in a revolutionary skirmish and his patriotic eldest son Gabriel (Heath Ledger) joins the fight, Martin has no choice but to take up arms once again in order to protect the people he treasures most in his life. The only way to protect his family is to face the bloody reality of war and fight for a young nation's freedom.
This is the American Revolution most definitely seen from the point of a nostalgic American. The English are the baddies and some of the English tactics are blood curdling. The fine upstanding Americans come from desperate underdog to supreme superheroes. If you can swallow your pride for a moment however it is a brilliant war film. The attention to detail particularly costume and culture is amazing, the acting superb, the warfare fantastic.