Patriots Day

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"The inside story of the world's greatest manhunt."
  • R
  • 2016
  • 2 hr 13 min
  • 7.3  (112,401)
  • 69

Patriots Day is a 2016 biographical drama film directed by Peter Berg, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Matt Cook and Joshua Zetumer. The movie is based on the true story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the subsequent manhunt for the suspects, as well as the efforts of law enforcement officers and first responders. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Mark Wahlberg in the lead role of Sgt. Tommy Saunders, a composite character representing the many individuals who played a part in the events of that day. Michelle Monaghan plays Tommy's wife, Carol, while J.K. Simmons portrays Jeff Pugliese, a Watertown police sergeant who played a crucial role in capturing the suspects. Other notable cast members include John Goodman as Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Kevin Bacon as FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers, and Alex Wolff and Themo Melikidze as the two brothers who carried out the bombing.

The movie begins with footage from the actual Boston Marathon in 2013, before transitioning to several character introductions. Tommy Saunders is a Boston police officer who is working the marathon as part of his punishment for a past mistake. Carol, his wife, works in a hospital as a nurse. The film also introduces the Tsarnaev brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, who are seen preparing for the attack.

As the marathon progresses, Tommy and his fellow officers are shown performing their duties, and the film captures the excitement and emotions of the spectators and runners. However, the celebration is cut short when two bombs go off near the finish line, killing and injuring many innocent people. The film shows the chaos and confusion in the aftermath of the attack, as the first responders, medical personnel, and law enforcement officers rush to help the victims.

The movie then shifts its focus to the investigation that follows the bombing, with the FBI, Boston Police Department, and other agencies working together to find the perpetrators. The film shows the painstaking efforts that were made to identify and track down the suspects, as well as the challenges faced by law enforcement in the face of widespread panic and media scrutiny.

One of the most intense and dramatic scenes in the movie is the shootout on the streets of Watertown, Massachusetts, where the surviving Tsarnaev brother was ultimately captured. This scene is a testament to the bravery and skill of the law enforcement officers who risked their lives to apprehend the suspect.

Throughout the film, there are also a number of heart-wrenching moments focusing on the victims of the bombing and the impact that the attack had on the city of Boston as a whole. However, the movie also highlights the resilience and strength of the Boston community, as people come together to support each other and honor those who lost their lives or were injured in the attack.

Overall, Patriots Day is a powerful and emotional film that pays tribute to the courage and determination of the people who were involved in the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. The movie is a fitting tribute to the real-life heroes who worked tirelessly to bring the perpetrators to justice and to the hundreds of people whose lives were forever changed by this tragic event.

Patriots Day is a 2016 action movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 13 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.3 and a MetaScore of 69.

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    7.3  (112,401)
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