A review from someone that was actually there (by damhnait-75533)
I was there living in Boston at the time of the bombings. I was in the city to try to get a look at the Marathon finish line. Luckily I didn't get that close. I did see and hear the bombs go off. My God the blood was everywhere I could see that from even where I was standing. It was absolute chaos.This film is incredibly accurate. Mark Wahlberg's character is based on several police officers experiences. There are some trolls on here saying there was a political agenda or the facts are wrong in this film?? They are completely out of their minds. Not even a hint of it. Just the truth <more>
of what happened. I know I was there and I LIVED it. Nothing hinting left or right.I had the bad luck of working only a block away from where they captured the last terrorist in Watertown. I was stuck in our office sitting on the floor with State troopers giving us water bottles for like 12 hours. No one complained. The city was in lock down. I shouldn't have even been in work. When the police and FBI captured him people came out of their houses onto the streets clapping and celebrating as the police came by. It was a lovely thing to witness. Rarely do films do it right like "Patriots Day" but they some how managed to recreate that same atmosphere. It was an extraordinary time to live in Boston with everyone coming together and this film really depicted that.
Thrilling, Gut Wrenching, and Absolutely Stunning (by trublu215)
Patriots Day is a somber film, one that is soaked in contempt for its depiction and skepticism for its accuracy of the events that transpired on April 15, 2013 at the Boston Marathon and then the subsequent events that followed. Well, I can assure those of you who are feeling negative emotions over this, Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg have created, not only a great film but a respectable one. There are no "lone hero" moments for those of you who see Wahlberg's name in the same sentence as the term Boston Bombing movie and think it will be a balls out action film. Trust me, it is <more>
not. It is so far removed from that notion that it made me like the film even more. Despite Wahlberg's character being fictitious, it still holds a great deal of reality to it all.The film starts off with immediately. There is no sort of fluff to this film, it starts off trying to be as realistic as possible and it achieves this ten fold. It starts on the morning of April 15, 2013 as a beautiful day. Throughout the course of the marathon, we're introduced to a plethora of characters ranging from John Goodman's Ed Davis to Kevin Bacon's Richard DesLauris. Once the film is done getting us acclimated to these people...it happens and when it happens, it is horrifying. The explosion is LOUD. There is no lead up to it, it felt like it did in real life, it's a shock. From this moment on, Patriots Day kicks into a high-octane race against time thriller more in the vein of Zero Dark Thirty.The film itself is Peter Berg's masterpiece. It is every bit as thrilling and gut-wrenching as it is heartbreaking yet uplifting simultaneously. There is a clear cut love for this film by its maker and it absolutely pays off. The drama is every bit as riveting as the brutal action sequences especially the final confrontation . This is Berg at his best. He does an amazing job here with both directing and writing and I don't think it will go unnoticed. The score is the other half to this film. Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor do amazing work here in this and it was really cool to see a film that suited their talents as well as this film did.The acting is absolutely excellent. Mark Wahlberg gives his absolute all in this role. The rage he feels in frame is real, the tears he cries in frame are real and the anger he feels in this is most certainly real. I think it might just be his best performance. J.K. Simmons is another phenomenal actor in this film that gives a perfect performance as Jeffrey Pugliese. To sum it up as best I can, the acting is top-notch and I'd be very surprised if the film didn't garner a couple acting nominations at this point but only time can tell.Overall, Patriots Day is every bit as thrilling as its true story. It will have you crying, gasping for air, gripping your arm rest and sometimes all at once. Peter Berg delivers an excellent film with Mark Wahlberg giving the most honest performance of his career. I highly recommend it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie as one of Bostonians. This movie does not have over-the-top action sequences or over-acting. It just tells story as it happened and I really liked that. Yes, there are some non-existing characters and elements, but I think those make movie progression little smoother.I highly recommend this movie.
Writer/Director Peter Berg Takes Police Work to the next Level (by A_Different_Drummer)
PPs police procedurals are a staple of the film/TV industry and are believe it or not as common as comedies or romcoms. However, within that category, "big" PPs based on big crimes are not that common. In fact, you would have to go back to the early 70s when a number of "big PPs" like Day of the Jackal 1973 were all the rage.So, a film like this done properly and, trust me, this one is done perfectly would be a treat all by itself. However, what makes this film extra-special is the extensive use of video footage.Now, to be clear, video footage as a plot device is not <more>
new by itself. It is now, and has been used extensively in British film and TV because, as we all know, London is the most "surveyed" city on the planet.But -- the point -- nothing the Brits have ever done with the forensic use of video comes even close to what Berg brings us in this excellent film. Much the same way that the original creators of CSI-Vegas introduced an entirely new sort of sub-genre, it can be argued that Patriots Day similarly has taken the police procedural to an entirely new level.The film itself? Brilliant! Berg has taken a stellar group of A-listers and make them work as a team, mirroring on the subliminal level the theme of the movie, which is both positive, and hopeful, and suggests that if we all work together, we can accomplish pretty much anything.
To all the morons that said the bombing was fake. (by mbeaupre)
Tell that to my friend who's 8 year old son died that day during the day. Same guy that also had daughter lose her leg during that bombing. I have several other friends that were there that day that saw the bomb go off from a relatively safe distance. The fact that you knuckleheads piece together various bits of mis information and concoct stories rationalizing why you believe it was a hoax is utterly ridiculous and extremely offensive to those people who were injured/died and to their families. Get a life conspiracy theorists.The movie was relatively well done. It started a bit slow as <more>
I thought it was going to be very predictable but about halfway through, it took some turns that kept you on your toes. Being from Massachusetts I typically love Boston based movies. And this does not disappoint. It was probably my favorite Boston based movie.
A gripping drama which had me glued to my seat from start to finish. (by The Grand Master)
Patriots Day brilliantly and respectfully tells the story of the tragic Boston Marathon bombing on the fateful day of 15 April 2013 which shook the city of Boston to its core. The movie crosses between the Tsarnaev brothers who were responsible for the Boston bombing and the citywide manhunt which included the Boston Police Department, the FBI and later the Watertown Police Department.On 15 April 2013, Tamerlan Tsarnaev Themo Melikidze and Dzokhar Tsarnaev Alex Wolff set off two bombs at the finish line at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and severely maiming hundreds of others. <more>
The Boston Police Department and the FBI spearhead a taskforce to find the now infamous Boston bombers and bring them to justice. Amongst those that are tasked to take down the Boston bombers include Sergeant Tommy Saunders Mark Wahlberg , Commissioner Ed Davis John Goodman , Special Agent Richard DesLauriers Kevin Bacon , and Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese J.K. Simmons . As the net closes in on the Tsarnaev brothers while the city of Boston has been shaken to its core, the brothers continue to leave a trail of destruction in their path as they attempt to evade capture.Mark Wahlberg has always been a likable actor and he does not put a foot wrong as Sergeant Tommy Saunders. Kevin Bacon, John Goodman and J.K Simmons were terrific in their respective roles. The rest of the supporting cast including Michelle Monaghan, Michael Beach, Vincent Curatola and Melissa Benoist do a fine job as well. Alex Wolff and Themo Melikidze didn't have an easy job portraying the widely despised Tsarnaev brothers, but both actors should be credited with doing a terrific job.Peter Berg may have had some hits and misses as a director, but Patriot's Day is definitely one of his most memorable movies, right besides Friday Night Lights 2004 , The Kingdom 2007 and Lone Survivor 2013 .On a personal note, I've visited Boston in 2008 and 2014 and I've always had a memorable time visiting Boston. Even after my first visit in 2008, Boston was my favourite city that I visited while in the USA. Upon hearing about the Boston bombing in the news in 2013, my heart went out to the city and those killed and severely injured.To be perfectly honest, I thought Patriot's Day would be a run of the mill drama, however I was very surprised. With terrific direction, a powerhouse cast, and a gripping story that cuts to the chase, I was glued to my seat in the cinema from start to finish which also saw me secretly cheering for the police to take down the Boston bombers. It would not have been an easy task, but Patriot's Day did a terrific job revisiting that horrific day in 2013 which shook Boston to its core but reuniting Boston together and from that day forward, forging the slogan "Boston Strong". Patriot's Day is gripping viewing that is well worth watching.9/10.
I saw this movie at a preview showing and was very pleasantly surprised. The movie is great, the cast are uniformly excellent, and the plot moves along really nicely. I was mesmerized throughout, the pacing was excellent and, even though we all remember the outcome from the extensive news coverage, I was surprised at some of the things that happened before the end. It was surprisingly moving at a few points, sorry, no spoilers so I won't say any more.Great job to everyone who worked on this movie.
A Marathon Investigation (by bob-the-movie-man)
While there are predictable social media conspiracy theories that the "whole thing was a hoax", the two bombs that went off near the finish line of the Boston marathon on April 15th 2013 killed three members of the public and injured more than 250 others. It was a life- changing event for those people and their immediate families, but sadly nothing more than a small footnote in the global story of car bombs and suicide missions that have killed and maimed thousands and thousands of people in war-stricken countries around the world in recent years. It's a point not lost on the <more>
scriptwriters of "Patriot's Day", the new film by Peter Berg "Deepwater Horizon" . In an America where press freedom seems to be under increasing threat, the film refreshingly provides room for reflecting the antagonists' views, twisted and barking as they may be, and the film is better for that. Mark Wahlberg "Deepwater Horizon", "Ted" plays senior Boston homicide cop Tommy Saunders. He's on menial duties after a past indiscretion, but has just one last day stewarding the finish line of the Boston marathon before being allowed off the 'naughty step' by his boss, Commissioner Ed Davis John Goodson . Saunders is seen off to work by his wife Michelle Monaghan, Mrs. Hunt from the Mission Impossible films but his dull day's work is not going to go as planned thanks to the fanatical Tamerlan Tsarnaev Themo Melikidze and his compliant but bullied brother Dzhokhar Alex Wolff . The pair plant the bombs along Boylston Street, wreaking havoc on American soil, and a massive man-hunt ensues that will see other lives impacted irrevocably before it's over.The storytelling is reminiscent of 70's films like "Airport" and "The Towering Inferno" in introducing us to a wide range of characters at the start of the film, without knowing how they will later be placed into the jigsaw. Examples are Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash", "La La Land" of the Watertown police department who gets unexpectedly drawn into the action when chaos descends on his sleepy Boston neighborhood, and Chinese student Dun Meng Jimmy O. Yang in a film debut who has an unbelievable story of first-hand contact with the bombers. Leading the FBI investigation is Richard DesLauriers the prolific Kevin Bacon . Unfortunately I always muddle up Bacon with Wahlberg it must be something about the facial features so it's not helpful having them in the same film! Even though I knew albeit vaguely all of the details of the bombing and the subsequent events, the film successfully made me feel tense throughout. Some of the set-piece action sequences – particularly the showdown in Watertown – are particularly well done. Given the number of rounds of ammo let off and the home-made grenades being lobbed, it is astounding that dozens of officers were not killed. The film is highly respectful towards the victims of the atrocity, with one of the most moving moments of the film being a silent vigil over one of the victims by a State Trooper Billy Donahue .Wahlberg in particular gives a great performance, with his emotional post-traumatic breakdown scene with Monaghan being his best acting performance in years. However, it is Wahlberg's character that is my major problem with the film. Unlike most of the other characters, who are based on their real-life counterparts, Tommy Saunders is a fictional composite of multiple real-life police officers, and his involvement in each and every part of the drama strained credibility to breaking point for me. It would have been far more effective, in my view, to stick nearer to reality and have a range of other cameos step into those roles.There is a tendency for this British viewer at least for the film to overreach with its stirring patriotic message in the closing scenes, and there was the predictable trotting out of the 'real life' photos and videos in the finale, albeit that some of these are movingly portrayed. Apart from those reservations, this is a solidly well-made piece of docufiction that is enjoyable throughout.Just a warning to sensitive viewers that there are obviously some scenes of bodily injury included: if grading on as scale where "Hacksaw Ridge" is a 10 and "Saving Private Ryan" an 8, then "Patriot's Day" would rate about a 7. For the graphical version of this review, and to comment on it, please visit bob-the-movie-man.com .
Don't let the fact that you already know what happened dissuade you from watching this. I highly recommend this (by cosmo_tiger)
"Two people took many days and weeks to plan out hate but love responded in an instant." Tommy Saunders Wahlberg is a Sargent in the BPD. He is assigned to the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. As the race is winding down the unthinkable happens and Tommy is right in the middle of one of the worst terrorist attacks in history. Now, with little evidence or leads Tommy, the FBI and every cop around conduct a manhunt to try and catch those responsible. For some reason I was not really looking forward to watching this. I think one of the reasons may have been the fact that it <more>
is still too close to the actual events and I remember watching it unfold on TV so I didn't think this would be that interesting or new. That being said I couldn't have been more wrong. The fact that this story is less than 4 years old really worked for it because it really milked the events prior and it felt tense, then once the bombs went off the pace really picked up and even though you know how it ends you are still tense and on the edge of your seat. I have said many times that there have been movies that are still able to pull off tenseness and excitement even though you know the entire story. This is one of those movies. Don't let the fact that you already know what happened dissuade you from watching this. This is much better than I was expecting and highly recommend this. Overall, tense and exciting. I really really enjoyed this and was engrossed the entire time. I give this an A.