Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Patriots Day (2016)

Directed by Peter Berg

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Dicky Eklund Jr., Michael Marchand, Rhet Kidd

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Starts off a bit rough, with lots of cuts and handheld camera when we have a bunch of slow scenes establishing character. Does this really fool people into thinking there is something exciting going on? It’s all justified later on, but not when a guy is ordering donuts.

Good job weaving in and establishing the various characters, and then amping it up with intense and brutal action, made all the more horrifying because we all know it really happened. Amazing job reconstructing all the sets. It all felt real, so much so that blending in some of the actual news security footage was seamless.

This might be the first time I’ve ever seen Wahlberg cry and appear vulnerable, instead of the usual cool and tough thing he’s known for. Great casting for the Tsarnaev brothers and everyone else, especially after seeing the interviews at the end. What’s with Goodman’s face? His eyes look totally weird? Is this recent plastic surgery? Or make-up for the role?

It all ended up being quite emotional, all tied together with a poignant message about love.

Given how the film used the tragic stories of real people to tell the story, it would have been really nice to get some sort of altruistic message at the end saying something like 10% of profits go to some sort of “Patriot Fund” for survivors or education programs.

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