Gibson's Epic: Heart, Soul and Violence
Harper Barnes Post-Dispatch Critic, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
"BRAVEHEART" Rating: R, violence, language, sexuality. Running time: 2:58.
IT'S unclear when Mel Gibson became a combination of Sam Peckinpaugh and Akira Kurosawa, but there's no question that "Braveheart" is one of the best epic movies of the '90s. Set in late 13th- and early 14th-century-Scotland, and based on the legendary exploits of the Scottish warrior William Wallace, it includes some of the most powerful battle scenes ever filmed for the modern wide screen, and yet it works on the human level as well.
Gibson stars as Wallace, whose ferocious nationalism was stoked with rage after British soldiers raped and murdered his wife. Gibson is fine as the populist …
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Publication information: Article title: Gibson's Epic: Heart, Soul and Violence. Contributors: Harper Barnes Post-Dispatch Critic - Author. Newspaper title: St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO). Publication date: May 26, 1995. Page number: 3C. © 2008 St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
This material is protected by copyright and, with the exception of fair use, may not be further copied, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means.