On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law.
When the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing occurred, I only knew about the highlights I had seen from news on television and social media. I knew very little about details of the terrorist manhunt and couldn’t even begin to imagine the horror of April 15. Watching true story films, I am usually more intrigued, disturbed and moved, knowing that most of what is happening has once occurred in reality. There are waves of shock, desperation, anger, resilience and love throughout Patriots Day, all demonstrated by a great cast and splendid style of filmmaking.
I personally feel that the bombing scene has been depicted realistically through a rollercoaster of emotions. From the cheerful buzz of a beautiful day, to the nerving set up of the attack leading to chaos and distress, these are smoothly transitioned to one another which has helped me understand the reality of every leading moment. The immediate aftermath shown from a range of perspectives has deepened my understanding of the panic in that situation, showing those who were suffering severe injuries and facing separation from loved ones in the confusion. While this is graphic and disturbing, it is crucial to understanding the significance of that event.
Following in the terrorist manhunt of the Tsarnaev brothers, I was constantly engaged from every aspect. Investigations into the terrorist suspects and the events of the Tsarnaev victims had me guessing the outcome of many situations. Although I had a vague idea of how it would unravel, I knew very little about the specifics which ultimately made for a more suspenseful viewing. I also believe that even somebody who already knows about the detailed events leading to the end can be engaged in the intensity of every moment in a way they have not perceived before.
I would be remiss if I did not give credit to the performances of a cast who brought to life this important story. Over the years I have adjusted to Mark Wahlberg as both a great dramatic and comedic actor, bringing another memorable performance on the big screen. As the main star, he is followed by a number of great actors including John Goodman, J. K. Simmonds, Kevin Bacon and many more, each who have delivered a unique and solid performance. Director Peter Berg, known for well received true story titles such as Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon has captured the reality of these historic events with his cast and outstanding filmmaking skills.
There can be a number of reasons as to why events of a true story are made into a film. To educate those who know little or nothing about an important/interesting event, send a strong message, honour those who have achieved greatness etc. Patriots Day covers all of these in an intense, intriguing and suspenseful retelling.
Releases: 2nd February 2017
Rating: M – Contains Violence, offensive language & drug use
Duration: 133 minutes
Starring: Melissa Benoist, Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan
Director: Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Battleship)
The scene of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's capture and arrest was filmed on the second anniversary of his actual capture and arrest.
The casting call for extras for the film resulted in a line stretching the entire quarter-mile length of Braintree Street in Allston.
This is third collaboration between Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg since Lone Survivor (2013) and Deepwater Horizon (2016). This movie, like their previous collaborations, is also based on a true story.
This is the second time Kevin Bacon has played the real-life head of the FBI's Boston field office. The first time was in Black Mass (2015).
Filmed at the same time as Stronger (2017), the other Boston Marathon bombing movie.
First feature film scored by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross that isn't directed by David Fincher.