Patriots Day (2017)
Critic Consensus: Patriots Day offers a stirring, solidly crafted tribute to the heroes of a real-life American tragedy without straying into exploitative action thriller territory.
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"Patriots Day" touches on vast phenomena, looking at an event that packs a huge amount of modern mental space in its crisp narrative confines. That's why its blandly reductive simplicity is all the more unfortunate.
A film content with the charming, if chuckleheaded, cartoon of the Boston local that Wahlberg has regularly inhabited throughout his career.
The film, which swivels frantically between first responders, survivors, and investigators, has a percussive force.
An efficient and intense thriller that mines the best tropes of the chase genre.
It's a story about one city, but it honors the essence of America, and it shows that when the going gets rough, we're all Boston Strong.
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Despite less-than-compelling performances and a lack of artistic perspective, "Patriot's Day" packs an emotional punch on a visceral level. I found the time spent watching the film was rewarding.
Berg & Wahlberg, once more, help shed light on a dark time in history. Patriots Day does well in depicting evenly the tragedy and drama behind the events from April 2013 while also highlighting the heart and captivating courage of those who were victims and those who responded; sending a heartfelt and respectful acknowledgment in the process. 4.5/5
The Boston Marathon, a subject that could have easily been mishandled, was taken into the arms of Peter Berg in Patriots Day. One element that made it work so well and hit so emotionally hard is the laser focus on the characters. The film opens with several small storylines, all of which eventually converge into a crazy set of real-life events (many of which I wasn't aware of). Mark Wahlberg is yet again typecasted as the thickly-accented Boston hero. The only difference is, it's a surprisingly emotional and strong performance; one of his best to date. One of my favorite scenes is when an entire motorcade of FBI agents, led by the ultimate badass Kevin Bacon, arrives on scene. There is an alarmingly loud silence as he takes his time to observe the chaos just unfolded moments ago. Berg also has a knack for relentless and accurate depictions of violence (previously proven in Lone Survivor), particularly in the gunfights and disturbing amounts of gore. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross hit a home run with the soundtrack. I can't remember the last time I found myself cheering for law enforcement as if they were my favorite sports team. Even though the bombing was 4 years ago, the subject is more relevant than ever. It reminds us that even though America is divided, we always manage to come together and help each other in times of chaos.
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