Friday, January 13, 2017

Patriots Day Movie Review

Mark Wahlberg stars in Patriots Day

Boston Strong

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: An account of the Boston Marathon bombing, Patriots Day is the powerful story of a community's courage in the face of terror. In the aftermath of an unspeakable attack, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J. K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and celebrates the strength of the people of Boston.

Deepwater Horizon just arrived on DVD; yet Berg is at it (catastrophe biopic) again (with muse Wahlberg in tow) in Patriots Day. There are some emotional moments; but I found them few and far between, eclipsed by corny one-liners, "I've gotta quit smoking," and "That boat ain't gonna float" at impossibly inappropriate times. You could also argue that Wahlberg's character (AKA "General Patton in a neon vest") is relatively unnecessary, save for an endless string of f-bombs and his box office draw. What's left? A surprisingly pale depiction of a recent real-life tragedy, that probably needed another year(s) of preparation.

Grade: C-