Movie Review | “Patriots Day”

by Mica Wilhite

patriots-day“Patriots Day” is about the terrorist bombing that occurred on April 13, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. It is directed by Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg who have previously teamed up to dramatize true stories of survival in movies like “Lone Survivor” and “Deepwater Horizon.”

Boston is a special city in America. It is one of the oldest cities and has the largest number of universities and colleges in the country. It is the home of Old North Church, the first public school, the first subway system, and of course, many key events in the American Revolution. So, a terrorist attack on Patriots’ Day was a deep wound not only for the Americans, but for Bostonians in particular.

Mark Wahlberg, a Boston native, fittingly plays Boston Police Department Sergeant Tommy Saunders, a fictional composite of several key real-life characters, and John Goodman aptly plays the real-life larger than life six-foot-ten fellow Boston native and Police Commissioner at the time. The film is intensely human and emotional and unapologetically tells a supportive true story of law enforcement.

The Boston Marathon Bombing happened less than four years ago and “Deepwater Horizon” was only released a few months ago in September 2016. So that begs a real question as to why release this film now? The answer is because of two other film projects in the works now and the desire to be the first to tell this important story with a Boston native in the lead role.

“Patriots Day” (133 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a R-rating for graphic violence and language. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit for a full list of show times. Then, run to see how the strong patriots of Boston survived Patriots’ Day 2013.
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