A real-life tragedy
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.