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About the Film
CONTAINS FLASHING IMAGES: An account of the Boston Marathon bombing, “Patriots Day” is the powerful story of a community's courage in the face of adversity. In the aftermath of an unspeakable act of terror, Police Sergeant Tommy Sanders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman) Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and the strength of the people of Boston).
A very tense but recommended watch
Like his previous film Deepwater Horizon, Peter Berg's Patriots Day re-creates a terrifying real-life event using cinematic techniques to make you feel like you are there, but also like DH, because it focusses on the people involved -on all sides- and their everyday humanity it is never exploitive or a dumb flag waving exercise, and I think that's a very hard thing to get right. It isn't for everyone; it is a very tense film -more like a horror film- for it's entire running time, not only because we know what is going to happen (and when they do they are every bit as horrifying as they should be), but the film doesn't let up the sense of threat and urgency in the aftermath of the bombing and the ensuing manhunt; there is never any doubt that these two men, with families and lives of their own, are very dangerous and intent on hurting others. I came away from this film not only knowing more about the event and the people involved, but shaken by it's violence and very moved by the human stories that emerged. Watch it and see what you think and feel.
Saw this in the cinema and was a great watch. The fact that it was based on truth give it an extra level of both drama and sadness. At the end when they showed the victims from the actual event and where they are now, it had all of the room in tears. I sat there for around 10 minutes after the film finished to compose myself and reflect. It is a well done film and as normal MW was on fire, he helped give the film a respectful version of events/story of that dreadful day.
This is an amazing re-telling of the Boston bombings. Can't say anything else except it made me cry it's powerful gripping and makes you grateful for the small things.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2016
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