Patriots Day movie review

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I’m a sucker for biopics. You tell me something is based on a true story and I’ll watch the hell out of it. Patriots Day was quite a surreal experience for me, and probably many other as well though. I was born in 1996 and don’t remember the tragedy of 9/11. There are a lot of people my age that do, but I do not. When the Boston Marathon Bombing happened I was sixteen years old. I was attending college at the time and remember watching not only the bombing itself, but the manhunt that happened afterwords… Making a movie such as this one is a difficult balancing act. When making a movie about a national tragedy you have to be respectful and truthful to the experience and the people in it. But, you also have to make an interesting and entertaining film. Patriots Day decided to also take on another ordeal and follow multiple stories and characters. Patriots Day follows Sergeant Tommy Saunders, played by Mark Wahlberg as our main character. Tommy was on the scene of the Boston marathon and there every step of the way. But, we also follow three or four other officers that play major roles in the eventual capture/deaths of the bombers as well as the Tsarnaev brothers themselves. I have to give a lot of respect to Alex Wolff as the younger of the bombing brothers. He did absolutely wonderful in this role, playing a difficult character and one that he knows is despised by an entire country. So good job to him… This movie may not be for everyone. It is gruesome, real, and difficult to watch at times. In my opinion though, that is what makes it so great.

 

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