Patriots Day (10/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 123 minutes.
OK for children.
If you believe this
movie, and I have no reason to disbelieve it, there was a lot more to
the capturing of the Muslim monsters who carried out the Boston Marathon
bombing. For one thing, the shoot-out when these Islamic fiends were
first captured come across like a war zone in this film.
It revealed things that I never knew and I doubt if anyone else did,
either, especially the street fight when they finally found the bombers.
That was like WWIII! I wonder if it was really that violent because I
had a hard time believing that the police would shoot all those high
velocity bullets in a residential area. Many people could have been
killed and wounded in their homes. And were they really throwing those
If it was really like
this, it was a battle royal and the recreation of it would do justice to
any modern war film. But the following news story in the Boston Globe
pretty much validated what was in the film:
When I questioned its
accuracy, I was advised by one person connected with the film, ďThe
Watertown sequence is incredibly accurate and we had the law enforcement
personnel who lived it on set each night it was filmed to fact
check/advise on specifics.Ē
story is told through the eyes of a fictional character, Tommy Saunders
(Mark Wahlburg), who is a composite of several Boston police officers.
As near as I can determine, Saunders is the only fictional character in
I loved the acting. Mark Wahlberg constantly surprises me with his
sensitivity and Iíve never seen J.K. Simmons give a bad performance and
he doesnít here. All the character actors were perfect. Even though
itís pretty long (Iím one who thinks that no movie should exceed 90
minutes), I thought that Director Peter Berg was a master of pace and
kept the entire 133 minutes enthralling. The recreation of the bombing
was exceptional. I could go on and on but I like to keep my reviews
short and sweet.
Although I was looking forward to it, I never expected it to be as good
as it is.
Lots of people say
they donít like to see films about things that actually happened and
about which they have a wide knowledge. This film is an eye-opener. I
thought it might concentrate on the poor victims, like the young child
who was killed, and be a tear-jerker. While there are some sentimental
moments, these are minimized. The film concentrates on the police who
investigated and quickly captured these Muslim terrorists.
verisimilitude, Berg merged lots of archival footage into the final cut.
While sometimes it is fairly easy to tell the archival from what
Hollywood shot, it is weaved into the narrative so seamlessly that it
greatly enhances the tale.
As any good
historical drama should be, this is much better than a documentary, but,
unlike most historical dramas forced upon us by Hollywood (like
Jackie), this one is very, very close to
what actually happened. And, believe me, even though you know what
happened, this is a film not to be missed.