Genre Grandeur – Patriots Day (2016) – MovieRob (Encore Review)

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Boston Films, here’s a review of Patriots Day (2016) by me

Thanks again to Ryan of Ten Stars or Less for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Vern of the Video Vortex. We will be reviewing our favorite Graphic Novels that have been adapted for the screen.

The one caveat is that it has to be based on a book that has been published.

Example The Killing Joke would be acceptable because it’s based on an actual graphic novel.  The Dark Knight would not because it’s based on characters and there was no book before the movie.

Here is what appears to be the official/unofficial list of film adaptations of Graphic Novels

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Vern!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:

“Well, for this I need the cooperation of all. But when this is over, I’m going to find the person who gave them the photos. And I will destroy him.” – Special Agent Richard DesLauriers

Number of Times Seen – 2 (18 Jan 2017 and 27 Apr 2017)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Recounting of the events of the day of the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013 and the days following as the police searched for the perpetrators.

My Take on it – I love films like this one!

Often, we all hear about events via the media but we don’t know all of the facts of the story and when we get to see a film about a real event, it opens our eyes up to so much of the details which can be so eye opening.

Peter Berg once again does an amazing job directing a real story brought to the screen and I personally think this is his best one so far.

The film is filled with lots of characters and they do a wonderful job introducing each of them early on so we have an idea as to who and what everyone is.

The main character here tho is the city of Boston itself and this story helps to once again show how resilient the city and it’s people can be when they need to all come together.

The cast is superb and the fact that so many familiar faces are used here actually works to this films advantage because it gives us a simple way to follow each of the sub plots that all converge at different points in the storyline.

It also helps make things feel more realistic and familiar to us because we recognize the characters.

The pacing of the story is great and it’s really thrilling watching everything happen.

Bottom Line – Such an amazingly emotional film.  The city of Boston is truly the main character here and it shows how resilient the city and its population can be.  The fact that this film is filled with so many well known actors works to its advantage because it makes things feel even more real and familiar. The story moves along at a great pace and it’s so much fun and thrilling watching it all unfold in front of our eyes.  Great character development helps us differentiate between the characters quite easily especially with so many key characters in the events portrayed. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Was originally supposed to be about Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’ experiences during the incident, until it was merged with a proposed second movie Boston Strong, to give a more general overview of the incident. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)


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6 thoughts on “Genre Grandeur – Patriots Day (2016) – MovieRob (Encore Review)

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  2. Agree 100%. This is one of those real life movies where you know (or think you know) most of the events depicted and it works anyway. Gripping. One of 2 true life event movies made last year by Mark Walhberg and Peter Berg (the other being about the BP oil platform explosion – also spectacular).The staging of the shootout with the two brother (where one was killed and the other escaped) was brilliant. I almost tore the arms of my theater seat.


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