Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Patriots Day
Released January 13, 2017
2 hr 10 mins
Rated R


Writer: Peter Berg, Matt Cook, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson; Screenplay: Peter Berg, Matt Cook, Joshua Zeturner based on book Boston Strong by Casey Sherman & David Wedge
Director: Peter Berg

Mark Wahlberg as Boston Police Department Sergeant Tommy Saunders
John Goodman as Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis
J. K. Simmons as Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese
Vincent Curatola as Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino
Michelle Monaghan as Carol Saunders, Tommy's wife and an RN.
Kevin Bacon as Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in the FBI's Boston field office
Alex Wolff as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Themo Melikidze as Tamerlan Tsarnaev
Michael Beach as Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick
James Colby as Boston Police Superintendent William Evans
Jimmy O. Yang as Dun Meng, the driver the Tsarnaevs carjacked on April 19
Rachel Brosnahan as Jessica Kensky, wife of Patrick Downes
Christopher O'Shea as Patrick Downes, husband of Jessica Kensky
Melissa Benoist as Katherine Russell, Tamerlan Tsarnaev's wife
Khandi Alexander as Police Interrogator
David Ortiz as himself

Review by Stephen M.

Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg works well together in these heart felt based on true story dramas and Patriots Day is no difference.  Based on the book Boston Strong that covers the Boston Marathon bombing back in 2013, we get a look at all the behind the scene procedural that led up to the resolution of the case.  It was also a nice touch to include interviews and updates on the actual people that the film mentions.

The film as with all of Mark Wahlberg's dramas focuses on his character in this case, Boston Police Department Sergeant Tommy Saunders.  The film was heavily criticized for emphasizing on this one person, and it is true, but of course this is Hollywood's story.  Thankfully, Mark delivers an outstanding performance in this rousing patriotic movie showing how Boston came together as a city.  Mark is not alone as the film is actually quite solid throughout including the bombers themselves played by Alex Wolff as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Themo Melikidze as Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Overall, the film is a great pick me up in spirits type of film.  The attack scenes are heart wrenching as expected and quite bloody.  However I imagine they could have done a lot more gore if they wanted and thankfully they didn't.  The only complaint for the film would be that if you know the actual facts of the events and the people involved you may be taken aback by some of the portrayals and omissions.  But otherwise a good film to watch while it is still out.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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