Patriots Day (2016) – Encore Review 2


“[David Ortiz is speak ing to the crowd at Fenway Park after the second bomber is caught] This is our f-ing city! And nobody is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong!” – David Ortiz

Number of Times Seen – 3 (18 Jan 2017, 27 Apr 2017 and 10 Oct 2019)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – Recounts the events of the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013 and the days that followed as law enforcement tried to capture the perpetrators.

My Take on it – This is a film that I love because of the way that Director Peter Berg presents things to us.

He is able to give a very vivid overview of real life tragic events and allows us to feel as if we are right there with the characters as the story unfolds and the manhunt gets more and more intense.

The cats is superbly chosen and we are constantly given the feel as if there is no real main character besides the city of Boston itself.

The way that the story presents things as a complete joint effort between so many different people as they all work together to try and stop the perpetrators of these very heinous crimes.

The characters are developed really well and it’s quite easy to be able to identify and differentiate each of them as the story itself moves into deeper and more suspenseful territory.

The story is able to give us various perspectives on the events along with differing opinions which helps make things even more intense and satisfying as the plot progresses.

The film does a wonderful job tapping in to the idea of Boston Strong and that helps make things even more emotionally intense and we begin to see the whole picture of all that transpired.

This is a great biopic of an event and is a film that can be watched over and over because it is done so well.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that lets us feel as if we are part of this manhunt after we get to experience the tragic events of that day. The cast is truly an ensemble one that helps show the joint effort by so many people in trying to finally stop and capture the terrorists that committed this heinous deed.  Loved that they are all developed quite well in such a way that it’s easy to differentiate and identify with each of them as the story gets deeper and deeper into things. The story gives us the various perspectives and opinions of so many of the characters which helps lay the groundwork for very intense and suspenseful story. Berg knows how to tap into the reserves of the premise of “Boston Strong” and we get to see how things play out in a very intimate way which helps make this film so emotional as things move along.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Normally, a player dropping the “F-Bomb” on live television would generate a fine and penalty from the FCC. Two days after David Ortiz’s April 20, 2013 speech, the FCC announced that there would be no punishment for the speech. It’s the only time the FCC has declined to punish that type of incidents. At the time, the FCC commissioner was Julius Genachowski, a Boston native. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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