Patriots Day (2016)

patriots-day“We got multiple explosions. We need help down here!” – Tommy Saunders

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Jan 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Retelling of the events leading up to the terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon in 2013 and the aftermath including the manhunt for those responsible.

My Take on it – many times, events happen in the world that we hear about in the headlines, but we don’t fully know and understand the nitty-gritty of it all.

This film helps to explain to us the events that are all part of the puzzle of what happened on Patriots Day 2013 in Boston.

They do a great job of developing the characters who will all have a strong impact on the events of the coming days and I loved how they chose to tell us briefly via captions who each of the players were.

The cast is superb and Director Peter Berg was able to get an all-star list of actors and actresses to embody some of the main people affected.

Mark Wahlberg is amazing as the lead  character who was one f the main elements of the investigation.  His character feels like a real Boston PD Detective and we can easily believe just about everything he says or does.

Berg once again gives us a great film based on a true and heroic event.

We truly can feel the patriotism and courage of many of the characters as they keep encountering dangerous situations as the events play out in front of us.

Loved the way that we get the feeling that we are right there with the characters as everything is happening and despite knowing in general what happened, it is such a thrilling ride watching it all transpire.

One of the best films of 2016!

Bottom Line – Amazing biopic that shows how patriotic and courageous people can be when faced with dangerous situations.  Great cast. Loved how they used captions to explain who each key person was since there are so many to try and keep track of.  Wahlberg is great in this role and really gives off a genuine feel for his character who spearheaded a large part of the investigation.  Berg once again gives us a great film about a true event.  One of the best films of the year!  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The casting call for extras for the film resulted in a line stretching the entire quarter-mile length of Braintree Street in Allston. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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10 thoughts on “Patriots Day (2016)

  1. I agree with you on this one, Rob 😉 You bring up some great points in your review. I really liked the movie too, making my Honorable Mentions for the year.

    I think the real star here is Peter Berg. I loved the structure too. I wasn’t expecting to get to see the ‘bad guys’ point of view, but it was much appreciated. Without ruining anything, I like how it comments on their American upbringing too.

    Wahlberg was good as usual, but the idea of Boston as a character itself was more compelling than his performance for me. This wasn’t about Hollywood stars, it was about some strong themes… and it was still totally riveting the entire runtime. Very exciting. This is my kind of ‘action flick’. By the way, what a duo – with Berg and Wahlberg. Deepwater Horizon was rather impressive too (both in 1 year?!).


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