Rob Roy (1995)

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When a corrupt English aristocrat steals steals his money and lands, an honest Scotsman refuses to be blackmailed into betraying a friend and turns outlaw to clear his name.

With its grittier direction and more personal story this period swashbuckler seems to lack the Hollywood gloss of it’s contemporary Braveheart. But scratch the surface and you’ll find the usual mix of American actors with suspect accents, penny whistles and noble savages fighting the oppression of evil aristocrats, hung on a plot that could easily have been lifted directly from a western. Rob Roy is well written and solidly performed however, but it is really the cast of cads that Liam Neeson is forced to battle that make this film. John Hurt’s arrogant and calculating Montrose and Brian Cox’s amusingly snide commentary on the proceedings are both highly watchable, but Tim Roth’s hilariously immoral fop is easily the star of the show.

It may not have the spectacle and humour of Mel Gibson’s epic, but Rob Roy is different enough from Mel Gibson’s film to make it worth watching in its own right.

6.5/10

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