Patriots Day (15)

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews -

Patriots Day is a pow­er­ful piece of work that pays re­spect­ful trib­ute to the vic­tims of the hor­rific 2013 Boston Marathon bomb blasts.

The film’s high­light – though a tough watch – is the blis­ter­ing re­cre­ation of the marathon it­self, and the hor­ren­dous af­ter­math.

Di­rec­tor Peter Berg’s cam­era has ev­ery an­gle cov­ered and the dou­ble blasts are a jolt to the body and soul. It’s pacy stuff too and con­cludes with a touch­ing, pa­tri­otic de­noue­ment.

But Berg should have avoided cast­ing his muse Mark Wahlberg in the lead role; he feels mis­cast in such weighty sub­ject mat­ter. The story also tries to shoe­horn in too much cutesy ban­ter and the ter­ror­ists are too ‘boohiss’ and one-di­men­sional.

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