Actor Mark Wahlberg, a Boston native, wanted to make the movie “Patriot’s Day” to highlight his beloved city. He knew if he did it, it would be done the right way. Patriot’s Day is a big day in the city of Boston. It’s the day of the Boston Marathon, an event of pride in the city. On April 15, 2013, the city was shaken by two bombings at the finish line of the marathon.
The movie begins by setting the stage for the main characters who were crucial during and after the bombings. The beginning of the film is a bit slow as the background is set, however, it picks up quickly and viewers are taken directly into the story and the feelings of the characters as the event unfolds. The actual bombings are not the main focus of the story. The aftermath and the subsequent search for the bombers are the core of the story. And the people of Boston are the heart of the story.
After they were identified by intricate and wonderful law enforcement detection, the bombers set out to make New York City their next target. Along the way, they murdered a police officer and carjacked a young Chinese man, Dun Meng, whose bravery in extricating himself and ultimately helping the police locate the bombers was a crucial part of the story. Once they were located there is much more to this story.
“Patriot’s Day” is an emotional story. It shows the inner strength of Americans in their dedication not to let terrorists destroy the fabric of the country and in this case the fabric and love of the people of Boston. They are truly “Boston Strong.”
Wahlberg plays policeman Tommy Saunders, John Goodman portrays Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Jake Picking plays Officer Sean Collier, J.K. Simmons is Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, Michael Beach is Governor Deval Patrick, Jimmy O. Yang is Dun Meng, Themo Melikidze and Alex Wolff are the bombers Tamerian and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and Kevin Bacon is FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers.
Bonus features on the 4K and Blu-ray take viewers through the making of the film, the actors’ portrayals, and the actual people who were involved in the events. There was an obligation to get the story right and do justice to those who worked hard to get the bombers and honor those who were injured and killed in Boston.
“Boston Strong” could have been the title of this film. Bostonians stepped up and everyone turned a horrible tragedy into a memorable triumph. “Patriot’s Day” was named one of the top ten films of the year by the National board of Review.