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Patriot's Day

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7.42 h 13 min2017X-RayR
Mark Wahlberg shines in this all-star action-thriller that chronicles the courage and power of the people of Boston during the real-life manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers.
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Peter Berg
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Mark WahlbergKevin BaconJohn Goodman
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DramaAction
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English [CC]
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Supporting actors
J.K. SimmonsMichelle Monaghan
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Mark WahlbergScott StuberDylan ClarkStephen LevinsonHutch ParkerDorothy Aufiero
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Lionsgate
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R (Restricted)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

6811 global ratings

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
It doesn't get any more real than this
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"I got rights," the wife of the bomber says, after being arrested. "You ain't got shit, sweetheart," the special agent interrogating her states, after greeting her with a traditional Muslim greeting, which the wife refuses to answer. The interrogator explains that she was born in a tent in a refugee camp to an illiterate mother before coming to the United States, while the wife was born "in a room full of balloons and flowers.." The scene frames one of the paradoxes of the movie, but refrains from outright judgment, leaving that option up to the viewer. Most people know the story of the Boston bombers, but having watched this movie , if the insights it offers are correct, the emotional portrait they paint are pretty bleak. Granted, this is a juiced up script for Hollywood, but, if it is really true that Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev were the biggest pot dealers in Boston and that their computers were loaded with video games and porn, the idea of them planting bombs in the name of "Allah" seems somehow..less than authentic. Perhaps it's more about- we want what they have, like the scene where they steal the guy's Mercedes, but we'd rather watch video games and porn and express our rage through bombings than like, uh, work a day job. Maybe I'm wrong. But the purported motivations for their actions seem dully convenient and mechanical for young men whose lives didn't appear so "devout" at all.
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ACReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Poorly portrayed fiction.
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I see a lot of reviewers here seem to either want to believe that this film is actual events or they just like the idea of it and go with the story anyway.
The fictional cop that inexplicably shows up all the time to give the misguided FBI guys info or be there when fictional shootouts happen? Really?
Just one small example was the part where said fictional cop is somehow the only person in the room that can pinpoint which business the terrorist was walking near the camera of, he was walking, in a predictable manner, maps exist. Why would they need the fictional cop again? Couldn't they just surmise where the guy would be next? Guess they needed Marky Mark to sell tickets? Very forced and silly scene, one of many.

Otherwise not a terrible film but really makes up so much along the way trying to be heartfelt for only the humans it wants to be heartfelt towards, like saying love is the answer after some pretty questionable interrogation that got them nowhere.

Also, it fictitiously made the Watertown PD look like incompetent fools, getting waylaid by two idiots without a plan. Which never happened. The good people of Boston should be slightly annoyed at this film.

Just pandering jargon for willing. Could have been good, wasn't.
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highlander fanReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved it!
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The way Boston responded to the bombing was surreal, I remember that day, I work in Boston and remember the stunned looks, the victims. This movie was incredible and I don't think people realize that terrorism can be anywhere. Love responded in an instant, this movie should of been named that. The acting was true to Boston with the attitude and language. I love Mark Walhberg! Who doesn't! No political B***S***! Let's call it what it was. A terrorist attack by people who hated America and wanted to kill Americans. I saw this movie at the theater but also purchased it to have in my library. You may not agree with my review and that is your choice but for me it hit close to home.
242 people found this helpful
LEOReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
BEST POLICE FILM OF ALL TIME.
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Best film based off of a true event. Mark Wahlberg is amazing along with the other 5* cast. This films gives you everything. I followed this event as much as I could while developing and I have to say it's about 95% accurate. Best LEO film of all time too!.
32 people found this helpful
C. U. LaterReviewed in the United States on December 7, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not entirely accurate.
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Someone recommend I watch this movie, but they didn't know the whole story, including the back story, nor did they experience the media blitz that occurred from it. So, I watched it anyway knowing it would probably make me angry and it did exactly that.

For reasons beyond my reach, US Intelligence was informed from Russian Intelligence about these potential terrorist, including the number of trips they made out of the US for training by other terrorists. Why these terrorists were allowed to return remains a mystery.

Worse, the liberal politicians continue to allow this trash to come into our country and when something inevitably happens, the response leads to trampling on people's rights. This was briefly addressed in the movie, but more or less was glossed over.

I do have a place in my heart for the people of Boston who should have never had to experience this event, but the same people of Boston have no idea who is working at their ports or how their liberal votes are working against them.

I've been to the Port of Boston and in the dock warehouses, and it's like visting a third world port in some third world hell hole. I'm sure it's worse since when I was there.

This movie may be a tribute and I understand the sentiment, but it should have never had to be made in the first damn place !
5 people found this helpful
Biomanb2Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hits you in the gut - Hard!
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I cried more than once, it's seeming that the older I'm getting, the more I tend to allow moments that are portrayed the way they are in this hard-hitting film go right through my brain to the heart center and trip me up, making me fall with a lot of downward force on my emotional facade, breaking it into so many pieces, I can't count them. Just to TRY to imagine what those people went through that day hits you so damn hard--it just punches you in the gut! You really want to catch the "a-holes who did this" and just rip them apart. Well, things follow through, quite remarkably for me. I'm no five-star-experienced-movie-critic, but this one, I believe, covered all the bases. Mark Wahlberg did an excellent job, as well as a masterful performance turned in by J.K. Simmons. The shootout in the small town in which he is Police Chief was to the point, graphic, loud, and fantastically done. Kudos to Berg. I don't get why this one didn't do better at the box office. This is a great movie. Get it.
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Christina ReynoldsReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Completely exceeded my expectations
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Patriots Day is a 2016 American action thriller film about the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 and the subsequent terrorist manhunt. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J. K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan, and Alex Wolff.

I’ll just start with a full disclosure:
I had extremely low expectations for this movie after reading its description and seeing the release poster for it - but I was pleasantly surprised!
After having read through some of the other criticisms made for it I can see why they are offered; alternatively, there are some distinctive creative choices made in narration that the production team for this film are rather open about, and I think ‘Patriot’s Day’ further justifies the nature in which I enjoy films - which is followed up with research and hardly ever just at face value.
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When I saw the poster for this film I groaned for two reasons specifically:
1) I was fully prepared for the pedestalization of one hero in the wake of an event that has been declared one of the worst terrorist related acts since 9/11
&
2) Marky Mark knows how to rub me in all of the wrong ways.

In regards to the first point the most obvious critique offered is this: there’s just no way that the character Wahlberg is portraying (Tommy) played as much of a role in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing as he does in this film.
GUESS WHAT???? He doesn't!!!!
Tommy Saunders, for all intents and purposes, as a character is a fictional creation; It’s not made clear throughout the course of this film (obviously), but he’s meant to be a compositary representation of the efforts put forth by a large amount of police officers that were involved in this particular investigation. This does make him to be a ‘Houdini’ of sorts in that his appearance and the weight he has in certain scenes doesn’t always make logical sense, but I acknowledge this as a practical choice as someone that doesn’t like watching movies that have a bunch of characters I’m expected to keep up with.

Now, I don’t have any personal beef of my own with Mark Wahlberg, but his performances tend to be very hit-or-miss for me in all honesty. His intensity often comes off to me as arrogance (which, I mean, could be related to the characters he plays) and as a caricature of someone that is perpetually plagued with the threat of emasculation hanging over their head.
With that in mind - I feel given Wahlberg’s reputation he was favorably restrained more in some respect in this role than he has been in others. There’s a genuine anger about Saunders (as to be expected) that simmers and seeps, but this is managed with a level-headedness I don’t often find myself associating with his characters. At one point his character starts to cry and it feels like a true reflection of the love Wahlberg has for his hometown (Boston) and perhaps his own grief associated with the actual bombing itself. He might not have been my first choice from the pool of actors that are from Boston (*𝑪𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉* 𝑪𝒂𝒔𝒆𝒚 𝑨𝒇𝒇𝒍𝒆𝒄𝒌 *𝑪𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉*) but I’m more than willing to admit that for this film specifically he may have been the right one.

In the grand scheme of things the entire cast carries their separate roles with a graceful ferocity, but I think one person in particular needs to be acknowledged: Alex Wolff.
I don’t think Wolff performs exponentially better than his co-stars, but I think it’s worth mentioning that he looks so much like the bomber he was portraying that he 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒎𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒏 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒉𝒊𝒎 𝒊𝒏 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆; it only goes without saying that this resemblance has been a significant source of stress for him (even if briefly at times) and he reported having an incredibly difficult time getting in to the “head-space” needed to properly take-on this role. This emotional weight is heavier than what I think could possibly be put into words, and explicitly expressing my appreciation for his presence and efforts feels almost mandatory on my part.

Alluding to terrorism as a subject in media of any form requires a certain amount of finesse that is often un-accounted for; that said - I deliberately braced myself for what I thought was going to be a saturation of Islamphobia.
‘Patriot’s Day’ is careful to illustrate scenes in which suspicions are made about the individuals carrying out this event, but it is even more meticulous in how it openly confronts these biases without feeling contrived or forced. Characters have dialogue that is intended to challenge assertions rooted in prejudice (“𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒅𝒐𝒆𝒔 𝒂 𝒑𝒉𝒐𝒕𝒐𝒚𝒑𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝑱𝒊𝒉𝒂𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒕 𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆? 𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒈𝒐𝒕 𝒂 𝒑𝒊𝒄𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒐𝒏𝒆?”) and there is a clear omission of elements that could be labeled inherently derogatory in nature. The icing on the cake is when audience members are told after the fact in a definitive manner that the people who carried out the Boston Marathon bombing don’t reaffirm narratives connected to harmful and wildly inaccurate stereotypes.

All compliments aside I will note that the final 40 minutes of this film does feel a bit sloppy in its execution; more specifically, the change in pace inches on the edge of uncomfortably abrupt. On one hand this makes a lot of sense given the fact that the first half is defined by an understandable tension that would only naturally occur during the investigation and initial stages of pursuit following such a catastrophic event. On the other hand this does make ‘Patriot’s Day’ behave like a train that is having a particularly difficult time coming to a complete stop without spreading itself thin. Nevertheless, it is successful in ending on a note that is optimistically sound and appropriately ambivalent.

In regards to portrayal of the victims and their subsequent family members it is also important to know that ‘Patriot’s Day’ is both accurate and respectful in how the representation of these figures is handled. Images that are graphic in nature are not shied away from, but they are not featured in a way that I would describe as emotionally manipulative or carelessly insensitive. There are many characters that were written with the intention of having more screen time in the initial script, but there roles were changed after the fact at the request of their real-life counterparts.

Is this movie perfect? Absolutely not, as there are problematic sequences that bubble under the surface in addition to pace-related challenges that are difficult and at times even impossible to ignore.
Regardless, 'Patriot's Day' is one of the better - perhaps even one of the best - attempts at intermingling nonfiction and fictional elements I have seen in a particularly long time.
I would recommend!
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GoBoSoxReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Non-stop action that gets most of story right...
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We know that Marky Mark's character is a composite and modeled after no one in particular. That's important right out of the gate because to not know that would require stretching the credulity of his character beyond reason. No one person could be as ubiquitous as the one he portrays. But what his character lacks in cinema verite, it more than makes up for in authenticity regarding his interactions, use of regional nomenclature, and accent. Despite the hacked accents of Goodman and select others, Wahlberg nails it...as he should...since he grew up in the environs of Boston - in one scene, Wahlberg approaches a Yankees fan and warns him that he might get "tuned up" for wearing a Yankees hat. Never has this Bostonian heard the term "tuned up" except while growing up in the Boston suberbs (have lived in Raleigh, Florida, and Atlanta since and traveled the world and have never heard "tuned up" since departing the northeast).

The action in the movie is faithful to what Bostonians and Watertown citizens (Wattahtown if pronounced correctly) experienced. The older brother became known as speedbump in the local talk shows because of the real-life portrayal of his younger brother running him over while making his escape. And the action never ends.

If you have a Dolby Atmos system, the sounds of the two explosions are astounding with debris feeling like it's raining over you from your ceiling .

Overall, a non-stop thrill fest that will leave you exhausted as you feel like you've been in the scenes actually participating throughout the movie. A very satisfying watch.

And you will likely have a renewed appreciation for what police do for us everyday in contrast to the toxic waste being thrown at them by leftists and anarchists everyday in our country.

GoBoSox
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