A real-life tragedy

Dalby Herald - - LIFE WEEKENDER -

EV­ERY­THING you wanted to know about the 2013 Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ings –well, nearly ev­ery­thing – is ex­plained in this nail-bit­ing and poignant drama­ti­sa­tion star­ring proud Bos­to­nian, Mark Wahlberg.

The film has adopted a docu-drama style with a bit of shaky hand-held cam­era work as it in­tro­duces char­ac­ters whose lives will be af­fected by the bomb­ings.

This is the se­cond movie in a row about a real-life Amer­i­can tragedy to star Wahlberg and be di­rected by Peter Berg, fol­low­ing last year’s Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon.

Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon didn’t high­light the enor­mous en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age caused by the oil rig’s explosion. Sim­i­larly, Pa­tri­ots Day doesn’t make much ef­fort to ex­plain what in­spired the Tsar­naevs to com­mit their bar­baric act. Berg wants to move us with the ground-level, hu­man story with­out pay­ing much heed to the broader one.

The movie is a trib­ute to the skill of those who caught the two ter­ror­ists with Chechen roots, and the courage of the vic­tims. But it could have dug a lit­tle deeper. PHOTO: KAREN BAL­LARD

REAL-LIFE DRAMA: Mark Wahlberg in a scene from the movie Pa­tri­ots Day.

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