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Running Time:
2 hr. 10 min.

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for violence, realistically graphic injury images, language throughout and some drug use

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A stirring, solidly crafted tribute to the heroes of a real-life American tragedy without straying into exploitative action thriller territory.

Additional Info:
Mark Wahlberg ... Tommy Saunders
Michelle Monaghan ... Carol Saunders
Melissa Benoist ... Katherine Russell
Alex Wolff ... Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Themo Melikidze ... Tamerlan Tsarnaev
J.K. Simmons ... Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese
Martine Assaf ... Connie Pugliese
John Goodman ... Commissioner Ed Davis
Pamela Amicy ... Tiesha
James Colby ... Supt. Billy Evans
Michael Beach ... Governor Deval Patrick
Brandon Wahlberg ... Officer Travis Dixon
Kelby Turner Akin ... Officer Dic Donohue
Billy Smith ... Charlie Collins
Paige MacLean ... Lisa Murphy
Jimmy O. Yang ... Dun Meng

Patriots Day

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 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.


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