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Film Review - Robert the Bruce


25 years ago, there was “Braveheart.” It was a passion project for director/star Mel Gibson, who delivered a lengthy take on Scottish history, with primary attention placed on masculine pursuits and vivid violence. It was the little epic that could, going on to strike oil at the box office, collect critical accolades, and dominate the Academy Awards, collecting a Best Picture trophy. While Gibson obviously benefited the most from the whole experience, he managed to launch a few acting careers along the way, bringing greater exposure to talents such as Brendan Gleeson, David O’Hara, and Catherine McCormack. And then there was Angus Macfayden, who was new to the big screen at the time, making his moments count in the important role of Robert the Bruce. Macfayden couldn’t maintain professional momentum (appearing in follow-up films such as “Warriors of Virtue” and the “Saw” series), inspiring him to return to Scotland for “Robert the Bruce,” which isn’t a sequel to “Braveheart,” but the producers probably won’t correct anybody believing it to be one. Read the rest at


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