In an era of such heightened sociopolitical tension, it creates a 100% hit or miss environment for films made about very emotional events. Patriot’s Day was a hit for me. This movie pulled no punches, yet gave no cheap shots, in telling the story of the infamous Boston Marathon bombing.
The movie follows Officer Tommy Saunders, played by Mark Wahlberg, on his tireless and sleepless mission, to apprehend the perpetrators of the heinous act of terrorism. Wahlberg’s character was the catalyst for the community to come together as one, in order to bring the bombers to justice. Every citizen of Boston, on that day, was more than willing to put every difference aside, to catch them, as evident in the scene when a resident ventured into an active gun fight, to give an officer a hammer when bullets were running low.
It also featured a great part of the story, the fight for survival. Part of this movie’s flow involves Dun Meng’s, played by Jimmy Yang, frightening brush with death, as he is kidnapped by the bombers. This portion of the movie showed that even a socially awkward college kid, can seize opportunities to risk life and limb for the greater good. Dun was able to pay attention to everything going on during his captivity, and calculated his escape, thereby giving investigators pertinent info, down to his cars GPS codes! Were it not for his escape, the bombers might have made it to their New York destination.
Of course, the casting was terrific. Kevin Bacon. Need I say more? But if that wasn’t enough, the obvious Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, and J.K. Simmons. There wasn’t anything but fantastic performances from every actor in the film. Most notable performance, for me, was the shooting death of Officer Sean Collier, played by Jake Picking. I don’t know what this guy did to prepare for the role, but the terror and fight in his eyes during the ambush on him, is very haunting.
The movie did an excellent job of not focusing on radical Islamic extremist, but more so on community cooperation against what is universally a moral wrong, regardless of any “Ism”. More importantly, it didn’t just focus on the hunt, if gave you heart breaking glimpses into the effects of the victims. The most heart breaking part of the movie, that brought me to tears (and anyone who knows me, knows I only cry when dogs get killed), was that poor officer who had to stand guard, and protect the evidence. That evidence, being 8 year old Martin Richard. It strikes you with the thoughts of what events that child would never get to see. Things important to every Bostonian child. Martin did not get to root for The Bruins in the 2013 Stanley Cup finals. That same year, he did not get to celebrate the 2013 Boston Red Sox World Series victory. And, most recently, The Pat’s 2017 Super Bowl greatest comeback.
I’ll admit, this has been one of the hardest reviews to write. It’s not within the normal “tone” of Sup, Nerds!. However, these events are not within the norm of society, but none the less, things that have to be met with hope, perseverance, and fight. I highly recommend this movie.
Rest in Peace 🌹🌹🌹🌹
Krystle Marie Campbell, 29
Lu Lingzi, 23
Martin William Richard, 8
Officer Sean A. Collier, 27