Writer: Peter Berg, Matt Cook, Joshua Zetumer (Screenplay) Peter Berg, Matt Cook, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson (Story)
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Kevin Bacon
Plot: An account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’s actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Intensely Thrilling
Story: Patriots Day starts as we meet Tommy Saunders (Wahlberg) a police officer dealing with consequences of his past which has seen him needing to walk the beat on the latest Boston Marathon to get himself out of the dog house with Commissioner Ed Davis (Goodman).
Patriots Day arrives as we see a host of people getting prepared for the marathon including Tommy, Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (Simmons) and the Tsarnaev brothers Dzhokhar (Wolff) and Tamerlan (Melikidze).
With the marathon, underway and the celebrations started the Tsarnaev brother arrive to turn this celebration into a tragedy that shocked the world by placing bombs on along the finishing straight. With the chaos of the scenes the police and rescue teams work to help as many people as possible before a nationwide manhunt searching for the brothers who the police are unaware of as they work with the FBI led by Special Agent Richard Deslauriers (Bacon).
Thoughts on Patriots Day
Story – This is the story of the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings as we see how the police, FBI and city of Boston come together to search for the terrorists behind the crime. So the story is well known but the details behind everything is truly shot here to near perfection keeping you on edge from the opening sequence to the conclusion at this is over 2 hours long. The story telling process within this film is easily one of the most intense thrilling experiences you will have all year long.
Drama/History/Thriller – This will always be known as one of the most successful capture of domestic terrorists within America even though we have the tragic loss of life. This is easily one of the most thrilling stories you will see this year because it literally just doesn’t stop.
Characters/Performance – Each character is based on the real people involved the ones that were victims, the police officers hunting the suspects, the suspects themselves and even the political members involved trying to do the right legal side of the story, it would be unfair to question any of the characters within the film because they are real. The performances are all fantastic fulling portraying the people who were involved in the tragic event.
Settings – The settings re-create the Boston streets for the events with each looking just like it was everyday scenes, we see the peace before the events and the aftermath of the attack.
Final Thoughts – This is bar far one of the best thrillers we have had on the modern day true stories and true 2-hour edge of your seat thriller.
Overall: Brilliant thriller that just never lets you take a breath.