The Boston Marathon Bombings was an event that showed us we are still not impervious to terror attacks on our own soil. Many were injured and some unfortunately died that terrible day on April 15th 2013; however Boston prevailed and only grew together stronger than ever by rallying with one another to show that the American people will not tolerate terrorism.
Patriots Day is about the Boston Marathon Bombings and the events that took place before, during and after the initial bombings. It shows the very intricate details of the investigation and what went on in order to apprehend those that were responsible for those terrible terrorist acts.
Now while the film is a well crafted and put together piece, it doesn’t accurately portray the actual events that transpired. Yes, it does capture the Boston Marathon events and even intercuts actual footage of events in the film, but very sloppily in my opinion. There are some scenes where it will show the bombing and then cut to actual scenes of the event and then back to the film, yet the two do not correlate with one another in regards to sound and picture. However it is an interesting way of creating the film.
While the film does appropriately pay homage to those that perished and were injured during that horrendous day, and the people that stood up and showed true heroism, I feel it could have been better portrayed in regards to the actors and dialogue (Mark Wahlberg’s character is completely fictional). Yes, the film is one of the greats of 2016 that portrays the heroes and victims that suffered and endured terrorism those fateful days; however it is shown that the film both over exaggerates and minimizes many events that transpired.
With spouting an all star cast and portraying a very intimate and horrendous event since 9/11, Patriots Day does pull at the heart strings and portrays a horrible terrorist act on American soil that only strengthened America’s resolve and makes you want to stand up for America even more. Despite its flaws, Patriots Day is a film you want to see.