In 2013 during The Boston Marathon, the longest running marathon in the United States, tragedy struck. Multiple explosions rocked the racers and bystanders near the finish line. Rather than flee, the city of Boston sprung to action. Went to help, not away. Patriots Day, the newest film from director Peter Berg tells the stories of many of the true to life individuals that were involved in this incident. The city wide man hood that too place over 4 days, and the events that lead to phenomenon that is, Boston Strong.
Patriots day stars Mark Wahlberg, J. K. Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, Alex Wolff, Themo Melikidze, Melissa Benoist, Jimmy O. Yang and Michelle Monaghan. For the most part the film follows behind Wahlberg as Boston Police Department Sergeant Tommy Saunders, who was a fictional character inserted into the film that revolves around the true to life events. Most of the other cast members do play true characters, and the film does an incredible job paying tribute to those we lost, and those who injured on that fateful day.
The film is shot beautifully as well. They did an incredible job not only bringing to life the city of Boston, but making it a true character in the film. It felt real, it felt legit. It made me want to be a part of that city. Not to mention Berg shot a lot of the film in a way that made it seem like actual news footage or security footage from the day of the race.
The cast was done put together perfectly. As the film ends you see the true characters and through my eyes full of tears, their actor counterparts were incredible. Not to mention the talent behind the cast. You have your heavy hitters, John Goodman and JK Simmons. And then you have your stars Like Wahlberg and Michelle Monaghan. Who you know is going to turn in great performances. It is what they do. But even relative new comers Alex Wolff, Themo Melikidze, and to me the show stealer Jimmy O. Yang, have come to play. Yang plays Dun Meng, a civilian who was kidnapped and carjacked by the bombers. He brings heart, and even a good bit of comedic timing to the role.
The score is also incredible. Put together by who can now be considered a veteran of the industry, Trent Reznor. The music really adds to the intense overtones of the film. From the opening moment of the film you are on the edge of your seat. No there’s no opening action sequence that pulls you in, it’s the drama and intensity brought together by Berg’s direction mixed with Reznor’s score. Even as you just learning who these characters are, the tension builds.
I was brought to tears multiple times throughout the film. Whether it is the situation itself, the portrayal of the bravery showed by this city in tragedy, or the intensity of what I was seeing. The perfect mixture of action, comedy and heart brings us another incredible film to close out the year of 2016. The fear was that it was entirely too soon for this film to hit theaters. With less than 4 years removed from the tragic event, but personally I believe we needed this film. It shows the support and love that we are all capable of if we just ban together. The heart and bravery portrayed on screen is incredible. In the time we live in, it is good to remember that there are good people out there. Good cops. That when it all works the way it is supposed to, we, as Americans, are capable of great fetes.
Patriots Day is a true tale of the brave people who did extraordinary things to bring two cowardly terrorist to justice. It pays tribute, and legitimately tells an inspiring story in our darkest hours we are able to rise above. The cast amazing and well put together. Anchored by an award winning caliber performance by Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg turns in his best yet, which is hard to do after his performance in Deepwater Horizon earlier this year. The story is intense and incredible. With the right amount of humor sprinkled in, the film captures the perfect mixture between action and drama. I gave Patriots Day a 4.1 overall. But I am giving it a .4 Jeebus bonus for the true to life badassness shown by these characters, and the inspiration behind them. Boston Strong. Patriots Day, a 4.5. What say you Jackass Nation? Sound off in the comments and let us know, are you excited for Patriots Day? What is your favorite Mark Wahlberg film?
The Jeebus Score explained
The Jeebus score is out of a possible 5 points with a .5 bonus. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Entertainment Value, Story/Writing, Performance, Direction, and Production. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 5.5 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.