Reviewed by: Mary Inman-Jones
|2 hr. 57 min.
|Year of Release:
May 24, 1995 (wide)
swords in the Bible
loss of wife
bravery, courage, self-sacrifice
war in the Bible
What is the Biblical perspective on war? Answer
Mel Gibson … William Wallace
Brian Cox … Argyle Wallace
Brendan Gleeson … Hamish
James Robinson … Young William Wallace
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“The courage to face fear”
Though based on historical facts, “Braveheart” goes a little too far in demonstrating the violent nature of the men involved in the Scottish Highland/English battles of the middle ages.
The movie opens with a young William Wallace witnessing the hanging of several Scottish noblemen and their young squires. (This is the least of the violence yet to come, so brace yourself.) Left as an orphan after his father is killed in battle, Wallace is cared for by his wealthy uncle who raises and educates him …an education which includes the “art” of battle.
The movie makers would like to have us believe that it is his love for Scotland that makes William Wallace (Braveheart) take up his sword and lead thousands into battle. However, it is not until his beloved wife is murdered that he decides to seek his revenge against the English.
The historic significance of this movie is not lost, however, in all the gore and bloodshed. But, as with all too many releases of late, Hollywood feels the need to show us, in detail, the extreme suffering and dismemberment of men in battle. Nothing, nothing is left to the imagination.
We are shown deceit, back stabbing (figure of speech), and deception. Homosexuality is strongly implied. Nudity is briefly shown, as is adultery. The “F” word is used twice (however, the Scottish brogue is very thick and it is missed by most people.)
Most Christians (and many non-Christians) will see this epic film as distasteful because of the severe violence depicted, …a shame considering that the history it is based on is fascinating.
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