Sunday, January 29, 2017
'Patriots Day' isn't the kind of film you enjoy...in fact, the whole experience of watching is pretty brutal...but it's well done for what it is, which is an informative and compelling film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and the subsequent terrorist manhunt that followed it. Based on the book Boston Strong by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, and starring Mark Wahlberg, J. K. Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon and Michelle Monaghan, it covers the story of that day from the perspective of many of the people who were a part of the story, including the Tsarnaev brothers.
Whatever your political persuasion and paradigm of the problem of terrorism in America, you can find something here to reinforce and buttress your viewpoint. If you hate the bombers, you're going to hate them even more after seeing this. If you think that immigration isn't the problem, then this will confirm your world-view. I really didn't get the impression that there's a political agenda here...the story seems to be told pretty fairly and evenly...but people will no doubt see what they want to see here and respond accordingly.
Mark Walhberg definitely deserves some recognition for delivering a very respectable performance, and there is at least a message of survival and overcoming that is quite powerful at the end.