2 hr. 10 min.
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for violence, realistically graphic injury images, language throughout and some drug use
Mark Wahlberg ...
Michelle Monaghan ...
Melissa Benoist ...
Alex Wolff ...
Themo Melikidze ...
J.K. Simmons ...
Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese
Martine Assaf ...
John Goodman ...
Commissioner Ed Davis
Pamela Amicy ...
James Colby ...
Supt. Billy Evans
Michael Beach ...
Governor Deval Patrick
Brandon Wahlberg ...
Officer Travis Dixon
Kelby Turner Akin ...
Officer Dic Donohue
Billy Smith ...
Paige MacLean ...
Jimmy O. Yang ...
After two brothers (Alex Wolff and Themo Melkidze) plant bombs near the finish line
of the Boston marathon, Boston cop Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) kicks into gear to help
the injured. Before long, FBI director Richard Des Lauriers (Kevin Bacon) sweeps in to take over the
investigation, working with police commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman). And
despite Tommy's wife (Michelle Monaghan) trying to get her husband to get some rest,
Tommy remains in the middle of the city-wide hunt, which eventually
lands in the neighborhood of local cop Sergeant Pugliese (JK Simmons), where things
turn even more violent.
With their third true story (after Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon),
Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg finally strike the right balance between
glowing heroics and earthy action. The film is a remarkable blend of
documentary footage and dramatic re-enaction that never accentuates the
sentimentality. The tenacious hero, played by Wahlberg is a
flawed mess who's both a hothead and an alcoholic. And while other
characters are somewhat less defined, all are portrayed as normal, complex people
in extraordinary circumstances.
If it's Mark Wahlberg who anchors the film in realism, it's Kevin Bacon who provides the flash as the
fast-acting FBI boss who seems in over his head but would never let
anyone know it. John Goodman and JK Simmons bring some down-home bluster,and Michelle Monaghan as Tommy's wife has a steely edge. Both Alex Wolff and Themo Melikidze are terrific in much more difficult roles as
young people trying to make a point in a horrifically wrong way.
All of this is woven together by director Peter Berg with a strong sense of urgency, from the
shocking bombing to the desperate manhunt. And as Patriots Day builds to one of the
most unforgetable shoot-outs in movie history, the audience is right into the middle of the action; making it impossible to not to become emotionally involved. By the
time the dramatic coda arrives, we are gasping for breath, perhaps
not just because of this singular Boston event, but due the fact
that so many cities around the world can tell a very similar story.