In the immediate aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, a police officer (Mark Wahlberg) aids in the pursuit of the terrorists responsible. Under the direction of BPD commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman) and an FBI Special Agent (Kevin Bacon), the sprawling manhunt for the bombers extends into the Boston suburb of Watertown. Peter Berg directed this docudrama, which co-stars J.K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan, Alex Wolff, and Melissa Benoist.~Daniel Gelb
This movie got me more in the know of what happened during this sad day in Boston. Seeing this put together after reading about it and watching the news really seems on point. The acting is believable and since I purchased the 4K version I'm happy with the picture. I did not give this 5 stars only because I did not get any wow factor watching it in 4K. I think it would of been just as good if I purchased it in regular Blu Ray. I just expected more because 4K Ultra HD Blu Rays cost about 2X the amount and for that I wanted it to be a better experience. I do have all the 4K equipment so I know it's not my fault. Do not decide against buying this movie because it is a good movie but maybe you can get it on sale.
This film can be tough to watch, but it's an important and powerful story, and I love how they share it. Wahlberg gets around a little bit too much here, he's literally in the center of every event, and it takes you out of the store a bit, but overall, an excellent movie.
Patriots Day would probably have worked out better as a standalone movie instead of being solely about the Boston Marathon bombing. I feel odd when they take a real life event and then 'bling it up' for the big screen when they could have just as easily made the event something different and still had a good movie. That being said, it wasn't a bad movie, but they have to add a lot of things to it to make it a movie instead of a documentary that never actually happened.
Really intense film. I was in Cambridge during the events and saw hundreds of police cars converging at fast speed on Watertown, a really sleepy little bedroom town next to Boston, across the Charles River. I remember that being in a lockdown was eerie. Boston and neighboring four towns were affected. All of us stayed inside and police helicopters flew overhead, looking for movement. It was really scary -- like being in a war zone. After the shelter in place order was lifted around 6 pm on the second day, the man with the boat went out to smoke and peeked inside his boat and saw the second bomber semi conscious inside.
I was surprised and glad that the police took him alive. They were pretty pumped up as there had been a vicious shooting of an MIT campus police officer the day before. He was killed execution style in his car, with his gun still in its holster. The cold vicious nature of the killing affected the police. Police are a very tight knit group in Boston. Transit cop, University cop -- it didn't matter.
The whole experience was as terrible and chilling as depicted. And the spirit of Boston Strong that was born that day was real. The courage of everyone was incredible. And people cheered police after the arrest was made, as shown. Yes, that was very real.
Five stars for bringing the whole experience back so realistically. Made me cry.
Second bomber: A federal jury gave him death. In a liberal place like Massachusetts. It was the death of the young boy that sealed it. And defendants flipping the bird to a security camera. He was unrepentant and passive during the trial. In the sentencing portion, he read a statement of apology but it did not appear to be his own. Four years later, he sits on death row in a supermax prison in Colorado. Appeals could take years.