Coming to Bluray and DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment in time for the Memorial Day and the Fourth of July is the epic story of our American history with “Sons of Liberty.”
In the streets of Boston, the British are crowding in. The colonists are not happy with the way they are being treated; one in particular is Sam Adams (Ben Barnes). Trying to help where ever he can, Sam is often seen as a troublemaker, especially by brother John (Henry Thomas).
One person that does understand him is friend Joseph Warren (Ryan Eggold), but that isn’t enough. Sam decides it’s time to make a stand, but what was to be a statement became a riot in the streets. Feeling the colonists are out of control, the Crown sends General Thomas Gage (Marton Csokas), a ruthless man who doesn’t believe in mercy.
John Hancock (Rafe Spall) believes he can keep things under control and hires Sam to keep the goods coming in without Gen. Cage finding out. It doesn’t last long before a tea party takes place in the harbor and a man named George Washington (Jason O’Mara) begins a long road to liberty.
From men willing to do what is necessary, to the ride of Paul Revere (Michael James), to a document that is overseen by Ben Franklin (Dean Norris) — the time came for colonists to become Americans!
Barnes as Sam Adams has the unique ability to show so much emotion with just his eyes. It is quite clear when he’s happy, and even clearer when he’s not. I enjoyed watching his portrayal of Adams as an almost reckless young man, yet as the story unfolds it becomes clearer how this isn’t quite the case. Barnes performs his role quite well.
Eggold as Warren is the complete opposite of Adams. This character is more cautious (except for one situation which I shall not spoil), yet still does not hesitate to do what is necessary to save lives. Warren is dedicated to his friendship with Adams.
Spall as Hancock is a bit shocking, I have to say. It is rare that people hear about the black market dealings Hancock was involved with, and in this role Spall is as flagrant as all get out. When push comes to shove, Hancock is in the fight till the end but how he gets there is a little shady.
Thomas as brother John wants to stay as far away from the whole matter as he can, the problem is — no one can. Thomas is such a quiet actor. O’Mara as Washington comes and goes throughout the film. He sort of stands quietly to see who is serious about the whole idea of getting rid of the British.
James as Revere is the man I wait for to ride like the wind, calling out the phrase we all learned in school — and he doesn’t disappoint. Norris as Franklin seemed a tad slothy, but he got the job done.
Csokas as Gen. Cage is just evil to the core, which is exactly what the role calls for! There are moments in the miniseries where the look on his face would be enough to know someone was going down for the count! The character of Cage had no moral compass that I could see, which made me dislike him even more — well done Csokas!
The DVD includes more than 30 minutes of exclusive, behind-the-scenes special features such as “Lensing Liberty: The Making of ‘Sons of Liberty’” featurette, “Men of Independence: The Historic Figures of ‘Sons of Liberty,’” and “The Choreography of War: Creating the Battles and SPFX of ‘Sons of Liberty.’”
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The cast also includes: Shane Taylor as Thomas Preston, Emily Berrington as Margaret Gamble, Kevin Ryan as John Pitcairn, Diarmaid Murtagh as Tim Kelly and David Lipper as Amos.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Sons of Liberty” four tubs of popcorn out of five. This five-hour miniseries is just stellar in its cast and filled with non-stop storytelling. First of all, I must say the costuming is very well done, and when I am watching a period piece that I important to me. Even the sets and battlefields are part of the story that draws you in for the history lesson.
The core of the story is our own. It is the story about those who believed in freedom and were willing to withstand the struggle and hardship to get it.
The battles were harsh and costly, yet the courage of all the people who believed in freedom gave us our life today. “Sons of Liberty” gives us all a glimpse back, not just to the battles, but to who and what started it all. You know their names, now here is their story!
In the end — it’s a dangerous game they dared to win!