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Patriots Day

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.

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Transformers 4: Age of Bayisms

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction! The fourth installment of the multimillion dollar franchise is here. This go around we have a whole new story arc, leaving the past human characters in the past. The film is once again directed by Micheal Bay and stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammar, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, T.J. Miller, and Peter Cullen. I for one will start by saying I am a huge fan of Michael Bay, and the first three Transformer films. Coming into this one I was really excited, DinoBots, a new story arc, what was there not to be excited about?! Little did I know.

Walking out of the theater I fully planned to give this film a decent score. Not great, but decent. I felt that it had problems but was still at its core ok. Then I started thinking about it on the way home, and go to my score card and saw the final and just realized, this was kind of slap in the face. The entire freaking film. It has a few redeeming qualities which I will get into, but for the most part, it’s the first time I see what most people say about Bay films. I never thought I could be bored during an intense action scene, but I got actually got a little bored at one part during an amazing action sequence. So lets take a look at this

We’ll start with the characters. Human first. Mark Wahlberg plays generic guy number 1, who you shouldn’t care about, but since its Mark Wahlberg you kind of do. His daughter is played by Nicola Peltz, she has absolutely no redeeming qualities to her. I actually wanted to see her get taken out by a deception. Her boyfriend, played by Jack Reynor, also, no character development, and someone you don’t care about. T.J. Miller plays the early on comic relief, and is fun to watch while he’s there but once his minor role is over, they try to turn Stanley Tucci into your comic relief, and fails miserably! For the most part Frasier is good at his role as the generic bad guy. But not someone who really has substance.

The Autobots are pretty cool. Cullen once again is phenomenal as Prime. And John Goodman steals the show as Hound. Ken Watanabe does a great job voicing Drift. But at the same time, there is no focus on them. The film tryst to focus on the humans too much. I At least found myself caring about these AutoBots. The major Deception, or villainous Robot is Lockdown. A galactic bounty hunter that is on a mission to hunt down AutoBots and Deceptions. And he is cool, and villainous, but nothing can make up for a lack of Megatron. As a fan of the series, I want to see Megatron. No one will ever make up more than the Deception leader.

The story is horribly weak. It follows down on their luck family that gets thrust into a battle to save the planet. Some old story right? Just without any likeable characters, or redeeming Dialog! The dialog in this film was horrendous! The AutoBots were done all right, but the when the humans had to speak it was like a bad Saturday morning television show! The CGI as well was not on par with previous films. The Transformers looked alright at times, but the new transforming mechanisms of the new Transformers looked like cheap animation. And the blue screen effect were terrible. There is a part where someone is falling out of a building, and no joke, it worse the Dick Jones falling at the end of the Original Robocop.

And finally. The Dinobots. Or lack of. This film is built around the belief that the DinoBots were going to be there. Well, they are, for a very minor role. In a 2 hour and 45 minute film, you get 30 minutes of DinoBots, their back story makes no sense! Their arrival makes no sense. It gets set up, and you think you know how they will show up, then right out of left field, boom, crappy arrival. It made no freaking sense! And to be honest, again as a fan of the source material, THESE WERENT THE FREAKING DINOBOTS! THEY WERE CHEAP IMMITATIONS! It just makes me mad! And the mnore I think about it, the angrier I get!

So all in all, when I look at this one I can’t say it is the worst of the series, because Revenge of The Fallen had its flaws too, and major ones. But it definitely comes behind the original, and the Dark of the Moon. I looked at it, scored it, and went with a Jeebus Score of 2.7, Redbox It!