Director : Peter Berg
Producer : Scott Stuber, Dylan Clark, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Hutch Parker, Dorothy Aufiero, Stephen Stapinski, Michael Radutzky
Cast : Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J. K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan
Genre : Drama
Release Date : 23 December, 2016
Music Director : Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Awesome-o-metre : 5.6/10
Revue of PATRIOTS DAY
Chronicling the events of April 15, 2013 when twin bombs hit the Boston city marathon, Police Sgt. Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) and the FBI start a manhunt to catch the perpetrators and foil another attack.
The producers of this film had a potential goldmine in this story because the tragedy was one that resonated around the world and got American and indeed the entire world behind the city of Boston. Sadly, however, they somehow managed to scuff it. There wasn’t anything new in the movie as it just told us the same things that we already knew and even the attempt to include a backstory of some of the victims seemed forced and lacked convergence with the movie as a whole.
I noticed that the producers did quite some research on the victims and the back stories but I feel they could have done some more. However, it is possible that the movie wasn’t as moving as it should have been because of the lack of suspense as opposed to a real terrorist attack which strikes out of the blue. I must say though that the shaky cam style and the phone footage did manage to convey to the audience some degree of connection and immersion.
Mark Wahlberg interpreted his role fairly well but it was not an exceptional performance because it felt like I was watching Deepwater Horizon over again. My favorite character was the Asian guy who reported his stolen car that abetted the capture of the terrorists because his accent was just hilarious.
Generally, the movie was a good tribute to the victims of the blast and it demonstrates that the human spirit is defiant and resolute in the face of adversity. The reel at the conclusion of the movie where the real victims portrayed in the movie spoke about the incident was deeply moving and showed us that the victims of the blast are the true heroes. The movie earns a respectable 5.6/10 rating on my awesome-o-metre