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Another of my favourite movies is Braveheart (rated 15). It's the story of the Scottish rebellion against the English around the beginning of the 14th Century AD, led by a commoner named William Wallace (played by Mel Gibson, who also directed). I know it can appear like Gibson has it in for the English (The Patriot is another example), but at times England's past has had a lot to answer for. Anyhow, my family roots are more Celtic, with my father having been Welsh, and according to my Family Surname History document, 'Watts' had ancient Scottish roots! Interesting indeed!

Now the movie is not historically accurate in all its details, according to a few documentaries that I've seen on the subject. It's a bit of a mish-mash really, historically speaking, although some of the key battle scenes are based on fact! Yet to me, the precision details are beside the point (is there any Hollywood movie that is completely accurate?) because in its own right as a movie, it plays like a biblical epic.

The battle scenes are the most realistic I've seen in a movie involving ancient warfare (I would say
Saving Private Ryan for depicting modern warfare), therefore it is a very violent film. I'm amazed at how they do it, though. I like watching movie documentaries that show how the special effects and stunts are achieved.

Braveheart also contains some great characters - check out the Irish guy, Steven, who joins Wallace and his band! He converses quite naturally with 'the Almighty'! (Beware of some strong language, though!).

It also has a wonderful musical score composed by James Horner.
When I first saw this movie at the cinema, it blew me away. I could see it was loaded with spiritual types. There are many similarities to the two biblical roles of the Messiah. Christ seeks love, peace, justice and freedom, yet his love for his bride (his people) causes him to avenge her after she is raped, abused and murdered, resulting in iron-handed judgment upon his enemies. As King David was a faded figure of this role of the Messiah, Mel Gibson could just have easily been playing King David instead of William Wallace!

The Messiah was also betrayed by his own countrymen. When He was tried before the religious authorities, he remained silent when He could have made it easier for Himself. He remained steadfast to His mission and belief - to bring freedom. He was tortured and killed on a cross-piece. All of this portrays the First Coming of the Messiah. Christ Jesus is the ultimate Braveheart.

Here are some of my favourite
Braveheart quotes.
(Young William's dream)
His Father:
Your heart is free...Have the courage to follow it.
(William's speech to the army)
...I see a whole army of my countrymen here in defiance of tyranny...You've come to fight as freemen and freemen you are. What will you do with that freedom.
(At a gathering of the Nobles)
William:
You're so concerned with squabbling for the scraps from Longshank's (the English King) table that you've missed your God-given right to something better...You think the people of this country exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom.
(To Robert the Bruce)
William:
Now tell me...what does that mean to be noble? Your title gives you claim to the throne of our country, but men don't follow titles...they follow courage.
(Before the Princess of Wales)
Princess:
I understand you have recently been given the rank of knight.
William: I have been given nothing. God makes men what they are.
Princess: Did God make you the sacker of peaceful cities?

(William defends his actions by telling the truth about the King's atrocities)

William: Ask your King to his face...and see if his eyes can convince you of the truth.

(Princess offers treasure for peace)

William: A lordship and titles...gold...that I should become Judas?
Princess: Peace is made in such ways
William: Slaves are made in such ways...One day you will become Queen and you must open your eyes.
(After Robert the Bruce had betrayed William on the battlefield, talking with his father)
Robert: Lands, titles, men, power...nothing, I have nothing...
Father: All men betray ...all men lose heart
Robert: I don't want to lose heart. I wanna believe as he does...I will never be on the wrong side again.
Hamish: I don't want to be a martyr.
William: Nor I. I want to live...I want a home and children...and peace...I've asked God for those things. It's all for nothing if you don't have freedom.
(In prison awaiting his torture and death with a visit from the princess)
William: Every man dies...not every man really lives.

(Then in prayer) I'm so afraid...give me the strength to die well.
As he is dying on the cross-piece after his torture, he cries 'FREEDOM'
Here's the theatrical trailer for Braveheart