Bet­ter in long run

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - with Julian Wright

TOO soon?

Some may won­der about the tim­ing of Pa­tri­ots­day, a drama­ti­sa­tion of the hor­rific 2013 Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ings and the en­su­ing man­hunt for those re­spon­si­ble.

Six peo­ple, in­clud­ing one of the bombers, died and 280 in­jured dur­ing the five-day or­deal, but the num­ber of those through­out Bos­ton who were af­fected would have been count­less.

So is it in poor taste to re­lease a film with block­buster ten­den­cies less than four years later?

In more del­i­cate hands, per­haps not.

Bos­ton cop Tommy Saun­ders (Mark Wahlberg), who has a bung knee and is rel­e­gated to the fin­ish line of the marathon, helps the FBI track down the two men who set off the two bombs amongst on­look­ers.

Co-writer and di­rec­tor Peter Berg ( Han­cock, Bat­tle­ship) is hardly known for sub­tlety, bom­bas­tic ac­tion se­quences be­ing his

forte. His style, used again in this re­cre­ation is of­ten tacky, punc­tu­at­ing slick ac­tion se­quences with one-lin­ers.

Do Bos­to­nian re­ally crack-wise in stress­ful cir­cum­stances?

Maybe they do, but in this glossy thriller it comes in poor taste, par­tic­u­larly be­cause it has not es­tab­lished the per­son­al­ity of the com­mu­nity first.

He does craft some grip­ping mo­ments; he dares not to shy away from the car­nage or show­ing the im­pact the bomb­ings had and one pro­longed car­jack se­quence is also sweat-in­duc­ing.

But it is the fi­nal scenes fea­tur­ing in­ter­views with the real sur­vivors that pack the emo­tional punch this story re­quires to leave a last­ing im­pres­sion.

Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Mon­aghan in Pa­tri­ots­day.

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