Patriots Day (2016) | Non-Spoiler Review

Directed by Peter Berg, Patriots Day is the story is about the Boston marathon bombing attack in spring 2013 and the aftermath of that tragedy. Mark Wahlberg plays police sergeant Tommy Saunders who joins the first responders and investigators to hunt down the people responsible for the attacks. Kevin Bacon plays special agent Richard Deslauriers, John Goodman plays commissioner Ed Davis, J.K. Simmons plays Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, and Michelle Monaghan plays nurse Carol Saunders. The film also celebrates community’s courage in the face of adversity.

There are many aspects that I’m sure Peter Berg had to take into consideration in the process of making this film, there are several fine lines, questions of how to make this sensitive towards the families of the victims, how to make sure that the film doesn’t come across as just being action, and how to make sure they tell the story in way that emphasizes what tragedies like this often does which is bring people together. And so I think Patriots Day is evidence of Peter Berg’s strength as a storyteller. The film is staged in such way that immediately takes us back to how it happened three years ago, no sugarcoating, it even amplifies that unfiltered Boston attitude to the degree which I haven’t seen before in any other film, and the addition that they do have, in the case of Mark Wahlberg’s character, is there as the voice that conveys the film’s message, what it exemplifies.

The film at times goes into investigative mode, so it gets mesmerizing, which I think is important because the collaboration and the conflict and the banter between law enforcement agencies did play an integral role on how the event ultimately concluded. All the actors involved, especially Themo Melikidze and Alex Wolff who have the hardest roles of portraying the murderers. Themo and Alex essentially become the Tsarnaev brothers and they manage to stimulate all kinds of emotions anytime they showed up on the screen. I also think it was a wise decision on Berg’s part to use the same camera footage from the many video surveillance cameras and incorporated them into the movie.

This is Peter Berg’s best work to date. Filled with emotion and drama but yet it is uplifting as well. 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 of 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 cast is talented from top to bottom and there might be some Oscar nominations in for them especially Mark Wahlberg. Mark Wahlberg gives his absolute all in this role. The rage he feels, the tears he cries in each frame feel genuinely real and the anger he feels in this is most certainly real. I think it might just be his best performance. Watch this film as soon as you can!



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