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Patriots Day (2016)
The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.
The weather is finally settling down here (at least for the past week or so) and I got a chance to see this last weekend. I have come to enjoy (most) movies with Mark Wahlberg in it and of course it has some other actors I enjoy like John Goodman, Kevin Bacon and J.K. Simmons.
As usual I’m not going through the plot. This is a case where you knew this would be made into a movie. It was a sad day when the Boston bombing happened. I didn’t see it live (only the people actually saw the full horror) but like people all over the world I was saddened by the events.
The movie does a good job mixing in real footage with the acted parts. I thought that all the actors were good, with Wahlberg in particular standing out with another excellent performance. The movie doesn’t pull any punches with blood and even shows a severed foot.
I also liked how the film showed us people at the beginning of the film that don’t seem to have any connection to the bombing (I’ll admit I didn’t know all details of what happened) but are later an integral part of the manhunt for the terrorists.
Once the police do finally corner the terrorists it’s a terrific action sequence. While the movie deals with a very serious (and sad) day there is also some humor sprinkled throughout which helps to break up the tension. The film does have it’s flaws, however, there is no reason/explanation given why the terrorists do attack during the marathon. Were they part of ISIS? Were they told to pick that day? Why would they wait for years and suddenly act? Some of these answers would have been appreciated.
While it’s not Oscar-worthy I quite enjoyed this film. It’s a good story, good acting and well-paced. Please don’t let children see this, ages 18+. I give it 8/10 and a solid recommendation. The message at the end of peace (and not more violence towards Muslim’s) is a nice touch and important message to keep in mind as we see the madness of the Trump presidency. Until next time (which will be a book review for a change).