Patriots Day

January 24th, 2017


Patriots Day

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 7.4/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Peter Berg

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons

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.

Writers: Peter Berg, Matt Cook, Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Michelle Monaghan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Brosnahan, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Kevin Bacon, Alex Wolff, Michael Beach, Lana Condor, Khandi Alexander, Erica McDermott, Jake Picking, Themo Melikidze, Vincent Curatola, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Melissa Benoist - Katherine Russell
Michelle Monaghan - Carol Saunders
Mark Wahlberg - Sgt. Tommy Saunders
Rachel Brosnahan - Jessica Kensky
John Goodman - Commissioner Ed Davis
J.K. Simmons - Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese
Kevin Bacon - Richard DesLauriers
Alex Wolff - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Michael Beach - Gov. Deval Patrick
Lana Condor - Li
Khandi Alexander - Police Interrogator
Erica McDermott - Carol's Sister
Jake Picking - Sean Collier
Themo Melikidze - Tamerlan Tsarnaev
Vincent Curatola - Mayor Thomas Menino

Taglines: The inside story of the world's greatest manhunt.


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Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Did You Know?

This is the second time Kevin Bacon has played the real-life head of the FBI's Boston field office, the first time being in Black Mass (2015). See more »

The first Boston Marathon bomb was set off at 2:49:43, on the race clock at the finish line read 04:09:43. However in the movie, when the first bomb was set off, the clock at the finish line read 02:59:30. meaning they put the time of day which it happened (which was also wrong) but it should have showed the race time. which is 04:09:43. (seen in the trailer.) See more »

User Review


Rating: 10/10

Patriots Day is a somber film, one that is soaked in contempt for its depiction and skepticism for its accuracy of the events that transpired on April 15, 2013 at the Boston Marathon and then the subsequent events that followed. Well, I can assure those of you who are feeling negative emotions over this, Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg have created, not only a great film but a respectable one. There are no "lone hero" moments for those of you who see Wahlberg's name in the same sentence as the term Boston Bombing movie and think it will be a balls out action film. Trust me, it is not. It is so far removed from that notion that it made me like the film even more. Despite Wahlberg's character being fictitious, it still holds a great deal of reality to it all.

The film starts off with immediately. There is no sort of fluff to this film, it starts off trying to be as realistic as possible and it achieves this ten fold. It starts on the morning of April 15, 2013 as a beautiful day. Throughout the course of the marathon, we're introduced to a plethora of characters ranging from John Goodman's Ed Davis to Kevin Bacon's Richard DesLauris. Once the film is done getting us acclimated to these happens and when it happens, it is horrifying. The explosion is LOUD. There is no lead up to it, it felt like it did in real life, it's a shock. From this moment on, Patriots Day kicks into a high-octane race against time thriller more in the vein of Zero Dark Thirty.

The film itself is Peter Berg's masterpiece. It is every bit as thrilling and gut-wrenching as it is heartbreaking yet uplifting simultaneously. There is a clear cut love for this film by its maker and it absolutely pays off. The drama is every bit as riveting as the brutal action sequences (especially the final confrontation). This is Berg at his best. He does an amazing job here with both directing and writing and I don't think it will go unnoticed. The score is the other half to this film. Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor do amazing work here in this and it was really cool to see a film that suited their talents as well as this film did.

The acting is absolutely excellent. Mark Wahlberg gives his absolute all in this role. The rage he feels in frame is real, the tears he cries in frame are real and the anger he feels in this is most certainly real. I think it might just be his best performance. J.K. Simmons is another phenomenal actor in this film that gives a perfect performance as Jeffrey Pugliese. To sum it up as best I can, the acting is top-notch and I'd be very surprised if the film didn't garner a couple acting nominations at this point but only time can tell.

Overall, Patriots Day is every bit as thrilling as its true story. It will have you crying, gasping for air, gripping your arm rest and sometimes all at once. Peter Berg delivers an excellent film with Mark Wahlberg giving the most honest performance of his career. I highly recommend it.


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