Mel Gibson must have been paying attention all these years because
the work he's turned in as director on this feature is quite an
eye-opener for a debut. Why beat around the bush? Yes, it's a love story.
Yes, it's a story of man's valour, courage, and hope. Most of all, and
most obviously, it is a film about man's need for and right to
It's very earthy and it's very bawdy and it's awfully male,
but it's touching and sensitive and engrossing. Based upon the story
of William Wallace, a legendary figure from Scottish history, the
script is beautifully crafted to induce an endless number of fine
performances under the majestically capable hand of Gibson.
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