Better in long run
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.