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Patriots Day Movie Review

Updated on January 20, 2017
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.

Patriots Day is yet another masterpiece from director Peter Berg who once again pairs up with Mark Wahlberg to tell the story of the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013. The intensity builds up perfectly even from the opening scene and keeps you on edge the whole time.

The film opens with Tommy Saunders, played by Mark Wahlberg, responding to a call for a domestic disturbance. He injures his leg kicking in the door which, adding on his previous suspension from the force, puts him on guard duty at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. He thinks that's an embarrassing assignment but follows his orders and reports to his station. That's when everything goes wrong. Two bombs went off on the sidelines of the race, killing 3 and injuring at least 264 others, some even needing amputations and other life-or-death surgeries. The FBI is soon brought in to investigate alongside the Boston Police Department. What then followed was one of the most intense manhunts in history.

The directing was remarkable. There were times when you wanted to scream at the screen or warn officers of upcoming danger. Director Peter Berg did an astounding job at putting the audience in the center of it all, making you feel like you were right there alongside Tommy and the others trying to catch these bombers.

The acting was intensely emotional, some scenes hard to watch, some even unbearable, others humorous and tension-easing. Mark Wahlberg has come a long way in his career and continues to get better and better with each performance.

In conclusion, I wholeheartedly loved and enjoyed this film. In some ways, it opened my eyes and in other ways it helped me understand what went on behind the scenes. The only issue I had was that there was very little lead up. Within 30 minutes, the bombs go off which doesn't give you a lot of time to get attached to the characters who are about to come face to face with death and loss. Other than that, the film was perfect. I give it a 3.5 out of 4.

© 2017 Alec Zander


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