Film Review: Patriot’s Day

I watched the film Patriot’s Day with my boyfriend on Saturday evening, and I was not entirely sure of what to expect prior to viewing the movie. I had heard about the 2016 film and its depiction of the events that occurred during the Boston Marathon bombing and aftermath in 2013, but I was somewhat confused as to how exactly the film was going to convey the tragic circumstances that occurred and further the recovery process for those impacted.

The film was written by Peter Berg and Matt Cook and further directed by Berg. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, and J.K. Simmons and begins by displaying the lives of different individuals the day of the bombing, for example, persons participating in the marathon, the families of Boston’s police officers and the two men responsible for creating and detonating the bombs at the marathon. Wahlberg is a police officer that happens to be placed at the finish line of the marathon when the explosions occur, and a majority of the film follows his drive and dedication to identifying the two men responsible for the tragic events that occurred during the marathon and convicting them.

I enjoyed the different narratives that existed within the film, for example, that of Wahlberg, his wife, FBI investigators involved with the case, and victims of the explosions. Prior to the film’s closing credits, actual survivors of the bombings and the police officers who were involved with catching the two men responsible for the tragedy gave statements addressing their own personal recollections of the Boston Marathon bombings, and I found their narratives to be incredibly emotional and raw.

It is to my understanding that the film is very realistic and accurate in its portrayal of the Boston Marathon bombings, and I think it is worth watching for educational purposes. I definitely recommend this film to others and I am glad I was able to view it myself.

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