A mixed bag.

Patriots Day
 tells the story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.

From what I’ve read, Patriot’s Day was meant to be an apparent surprise contender for the Oscars and it does have the source material for it but that doesn’t mean that it was a success in doing so. It covers adequately what occurred and it would be a surprise nonetheless, no matter where you were in the world, if you didn’t know what happened. Patriots Day had an impressive attention to detail and remained accurate to the events the occurred, which was a nice change for once, therefore effective in gaining your attention and holding it as a action thriller. It honestly does make you feel saddened for those individuals affected by the tragedy. The realism of this film is one its biggest strengths

This it where it stops — the film ultimately falls short of being anything more special. It wasn’t anything like Zero Dark ThirtyUnited 93, or even Sully. It’s not a film where you expect a masterpiece but it is a decent yet mixed bag of a film. It’s great that the film honoured the Boston PD and those involved in solving the case, in actually making Patriots Day a reality it needed to be more than just that.

‘Marky’ Mark Wahlberg is likeable and is a decent enough actor when given a role he’s suited for but he wasn’t exactly well cast here. He does what he can though hardly makes his role a believable in the process. Maybe it was even due to the fact that his character didn’t actually exist at all that made him so hard to believe.

Is it too soon for a film like this to be made? Even if the timing were right for Patriots Day, is it even right to place a made up character that didn’t exist into the actual real life events this film is portraying?

Though the film felt like it should’ve been a documentary instead of a retelling in a feature film, there’s no denying in the coming together of Boston, as well as America, after this tragedy.

Film-O-Metre: 6/10.


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