By Andrew Parry

Directed By: Peter Berg

Starring: Mark Walhberg, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon

Patriots Day is story of the 2013 bombings at the Boston Marathon. The movie for various reasons centres around a fictitious Detective  Tommy Saunders  (Mark Wahlberg). The beginning of the film cuts back and forth introducing us to the characters which shows us the normality of events leading up to the bombings and in the case of the bombers, their warped sense of vision.

This movie isn’t going to win any awards but it does a fine portrayal of the tragic events that happened that day.

The bomb blasts are quite convincing but the injuries and trauma were quite graphic, which made this part of the film quite real and could evoke some emotion.

Mark Wahlberg’s steely detective somehow seems to appear in every scene. From both bomb blasts to ferrying people to ambulances to being there when Kevin Bacons FBI turn up to take over the investigation, the film does pick up pace as the hunt for the terrorists begins especially when they car jack a young Japanese student who plays his part convincingly as a frightened victim in the wrong place at the wrong time and finds himself kidnapped as well.

After one bomber is shot dead in a shootout with cops the other escapes and must be hunted down. Finally found hiding inside a boat in a back yard which is soon riddled with bullets from the swat and police teams. Somehow the bomber survives and gives himself up.

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