Patriots Day (2016)

By Livia Peterson

The frequent terrorism is embedded in the American culture. The September 11, 2001 attacks altered the United States forever. The 2013 Boston Marathon attack refined the city forever. Many security measures are established; however, the United States dreads and stereotypes the terrorism, the Muslims, and similar Al-Qaeda groups. Peter Berg’s latest film is a successful reminder, regarding the 2013 Boston Marathon. “Patriots Day” is unable to achieve the triumphant tribute that it aspires to be.

The Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), the Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons), the Superintendent Billy Evans (James Colby), the Governor Deval Patrick (Michael Beach), the Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), and the Boston Police Officers Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg), Patrick Downes (Christopher O’Shea), and Sean Collier (Jake Picking) investigate the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the consequences – the city wide manhunt to discover the Tsarnaev brothers (Alex Wolff and Themo Melikdze).

The narrative is self explanatory and fresh in our minds – four years ago the depicted event occurred. Yet, I sobbed during the assault sequence. The concluding survivor interviews and the genuine footage are far more intriguing than the tale conveyed onscreen. In simple terms, a documentary film – ideally directed by Laura Poitras would service the recent event than the dramatized narrative. We do not request a reminder that the terrible incidents constantly happen.
Anchored by the brilliant performances, the audience may appreciate the police officers and the medical personnel during the screening. Nonetheless, you may wish Hollywood would’ve delayed the film at least ten years to be able to provide the complete yet heartfelt salute to the 2013 Boston Marathon.

The constant reminders about terrible events are unnecessary right now, especially during the Trump Administration. B

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