BY THE COMMANDER
2½ (out of 4 Stars)
When it comes to action, disaster & tribute movies, Director Peter Berg is cementing his place in Hollywood. Such films such as Battleship, Collateral and Hancock, make him the prince of action movies. His joining forces with Mark Wahlberg in numerous projects such as HBO's Ballers, Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon have proven to be a powerful team.
Patriots Day is a re-creation of the bombing that took place during the annual running of the Boston marathon on April 15, 2013. The story centers around Boston PD Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg), who was assigned to The VIP section at the finish line. Once the bombing occurs it follows Saunders as he interacts with Boston police commissioner at Davis (John Goodman), Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (Vincent Curatola), FBI special agent in charge Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon) and his wife Carol (Michelle Monaghan), also present at the bombing.
By now everyone knows the story of the Boston bombing by the two brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev (Themo Melikidze) his younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (Alex Wolff). How the FBI discovered them, hunted them, killed and captured them. One of the more humorous scenes involved J.K. Simmons as neighboring Watertown's police sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese. In a shootout with the brothers, Simmons is in his usual scene stealing mode. While this is a serious movie, this scene brought many chuckles throughout the audience. He truly is a great character actor.
I liked this movie. I thought it was a great tribute not only to the Boston police department but also its citizens. Boston proud. There is a scene in the movie where Saunders states "they can hurt us but they can't take our love away. It's our love for each other that makes us strong". I felt this was the single most important part of the movie. It's the best tribute that you could ever hope for the people of Boston. While it’s not academy award material, it’s definitely a movie not to be missed.