Very few movies leave me speechless. This one did.
Patriots Day is the story of the bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013. It follows several people involved in the bombing and the extensive manhunt that followed.
My biggest concern with this movie going in was that it was a little too soon after the attack to be making a movie about it. I was worried it would take advantage of the tragic event. But those concerns were put to rest very early on. The movie does a great job of portraying the victims and first responders as the heroes they are. It felt more like the opposite of taking advantage of the event. Besides that, the movie is incredibly gripping start to finish. There is never a down moment and it’s never even slightly boring. Mark Wahlberg turns in the best performance of his career and deserves an Oscar for it without a doubt in my mind. His character takes us through some of the more emotional moments in the movie and he does a fantastic job with it. It definitely hits hard at points. Really, all the acting in the movie is spot on. Peter Berg follows what he did with Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon in being able to tell this kind of story extremely well. That story isn’t easy to watch, but is well worth it. The movie captures the American spirit in a way few movies do and makes you appreciate the way everyone came together not only in Boston, but across the country after the attack.
I could keep going on and on about how great this movie is. I don’t have a bad thing to say about it. After the movie was over, everyone in the theater sat still and silent for 15 or 20 seconds before someone started clapping and the rest of the audience joined in. Someone started a USA chant. You could tell the emotional impact this movie had on everyone in that theater. It definitely had one on me. I started this site to review movies to recommend to anyone that would read it. Being able to highly recommend movies like this is exactly why I do it. Patriots Day rivals Arrival for the best movie I’ve seen in a long time and for that reason easily gets a 5/5.
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