Patriots Day

2016

Drama  History  Thriller  

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Melissa Benoist as Katherine Russell
Michelle Monaghan as Carol Saunders
Mark Wahlberg as Tommy Saunders
Kevin Bacon as Special Agent Richard DesLauriers
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Reviewed by www.ramascreen.com 9 / 10

Vigorous, powerful, and deeply moving

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Reviewed by j-w-b-concepts 9 / 10

Tasteful but Unnecessary

Maybe people didn't take director Peter Berg too seriously when he made The Kingdom, a 2007 action-thriller about an Al-Qaeda attack on American expats in Riyadh. Berg's follow-up was 2013's Lone Survivor, a dramatized account of Navy SEALs being ambushed by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. Patriots Day marks the director's third film on anti-terrorism, and while the film is a raw and gruesome retelling of a tragic event, it is also a humble and heartfelt tribute to the real-life heroes portrayed in this film.Widely known for the annually held oldest marathon in the world, the city of Boston took a devastating hit on 'Patriots' Day', 15th April 2013, following coordinated attacks by home grown terrorists. Co-written by Berg, the narrative is a time-stamped account starting from the early hours of that fateful day. We see loved ones saying their goodbyes like any other day; some are runners getting ready for the marathon, while others are onlookers at the now-iconic Boylston Street. While this is happening, we are also shown the Tsarnaev brothers who would perpetrate the attacks. Revealing their identities quite early in the film is Berg's plot device to induce a foreboding sense of what is about to happen. As such, scarier than seeing them pack pressure-cooker bombs into their backpacks is the vague explanation behind the attack. We are not entirely sure if the motive is a hate crime or Jihadi influenced. Instead, Berg's focus is on the bloody and horrific aftermath of the explosions.What follows is a manhunt for the brothers even as law enforcement teams are put through the arduous task of examining tons of CCTV footage. These include Mark Wahlberg and J.K. Simmons as police officers, John Goodman as the police commissioner and Kevin Bacon representing the FBI. Though Wahlberg anchors scenes of chaos and is practically everywhere in the film, his Officer Tommy Saunders is the only character who isn't based on a real person during the marathon bombings. So why does Wahlberg play a fictional character when the film is based on an actual event? Aside from his third collaboration with the director, Wahlberg's Saunders represents a dramatized combination of the law enforcement and Boston public who responded in unity to smoke out the terrorists. The strategic placement of Boston's resilience to terror is also evident in the missing apostrophe in the title, thus making everyone involved a patriot, much like how Saunders is the everyman of Boston city.In retrospect, anyone following the news would be aware that this turned out to be the worst attack on US soil after 9/11. But unlike the islamophobia hoopla incited in The Kingdom, Berg's nuance in this film is a balanced yet vigorous retelling of a dark episode for the people of Boston. It isn't as thrilling or packed with urgency as Lone Survivor and there are also tonal shifts when a serious moment can turn unexpectedly funny. But pieced together with actual footage and images from the media and the public, Patriots Day feels more like a straightforward docudrama than mere entertainment for the masses. The solemn epilogue more than drives that message home; and along with it an emotional wallop on how tragedy can bring out the best in a community.

Reviewed by trublu215 9 / 10

Thrilling, Gut Wrenching, and Absolutely Stunning

Being from Boston and really a part of all the events that happened that week, I was really looking forward to this movie. I had hopes of seeing a cinematic masterpiece that portrayed the moments of pure chaos and the strength of multiple cities coming together to find the terrorist responsible for the act that was committed on that Marathon Monday. Instead what I got was a Hollywood style visual of a week that was filled with so many ups and downs that was blown way over the top at points. Patriots day had its moments and I am sure will be a huge hit everywhere other than the place where the events took place. Mark Wahlberg was my biggest issue with this movie as he played a made up cop who just so happened to be at every big event that took place that week, spewing his over the top Boston accent and try to give some comic relief at the movies darkest points. Honestly if he was not in this movie and it was still put together the way it was I might have enjoyed this a bit more. There are a few scenes of actual footage from that day mixed with the cinematic footage which was done pretty well at parts. They did a good job of showing the timeline of events that happened and a look at the brothers side where all we have really seen was the medias. It delivered on moments of suspense, fear, and anger, but I think more so because I myself actually was a part of it and it was brining back a lot of memories that were put away but never really forgotten. At the end of it though all I could do was shake my head as the overall movie, Mark Wahlberg's Character, and some of the over the top scenes just really seemed unnecessary. Similar to movies made about 9/11 and other disasters, this will be a cinematic hit to everyone who did not actually live through it and see the events first hand. Not the worst movie of 2016, but what a great way to sum up what has already been a pretty shitty year by slapping you in the face with some horrific memories of a day a lot of us were strongly impacted by. Boston Strong!

Reviewed by Solnichka McPherson 9 / 10

No need for this film whatsoever ... just more attempts to make Boston seem "strong"

Patriots Day is a somber film, one that is soaked in contempt for its depiction and skepticism for its accuracy of the events that transpired on April 15, 2013 at the Boston Marathon and then the subsequent events that followed. Well, I can assure those of you who are feeling negative emotions over this, Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg have created, not only a great film but a respectable one. There are no "lone hero" moments for those of you who see Wahlberg's name in the same sentence as the term Boston Bombing movie and think it will be a balls out action film. Trust me, it is not. It is so far removed from that notion that it made me like the film even more. Despite Wahlberg's character being fictitious, it still holds a great deal of reality to it all.The film starts off with immediately. There is no sort of fluff to this film, it starts off trying to be as realistic as possible and it achieves this ten fold. It starts on the morning of April 15, 2013 as a beautiful day. Throughout the course of the marathon, we're introduced to a plethora of characters ranging from John Goodman's Ed Davis to Kevin Bacon's Richard DesLauris. Once the film is done getting us acclimated to these people...it happens and when it happens, it is horrifying. The explosion is LOUD. There is no lead up to it, it felt like it did in real life, it's a shock. From this moment on, Patriots Day kicks into a high-octane race against time thriller more in the vein of Zero Dark Thirty.The film itself is Peter Berg's masterpiece. It is every bit as thrilling and gut-wrenching as it is heartbreaking yet uplifting simultaneously. There is a clear cut love for this film by its maker and it absolutely pays off. The drama is every bit as riveting as the brutal action sequences (especially the final confrontation). This is Berg at his best. He does an amazing job here with both directing and writing and I don't think it will go unnoticed. The score is the other half to this film. Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor do amazing work here in this and it was really cool to see a film that suited their talents as well as this film did.The acting is absolutely excellent. Mark Wahlberg gives his absolute all in this role. The rage he feels in frame is real, the tears he cries in frame are real and the anger he feels in this is most certainly real. I think it might just be his best performance. J.K. Simmons is another phenomenal actor in this film that gives a perfect performance as Jeffrey Pugliese. To sum it up as best I can, the acting is top-notch and I'd be very surprised if the film didn't garner a couple acting nominations at this point but only time can tell.Overall, Patriots Day is every bit as thrilling as its true story. It will have you crying, gasping for air, gripping your arm rest and sometimes all at once. Peter Berg delivers an excellent film with Mark Wahlberg giving the most honest performance of his career. I highly recommend it.

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