An account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’s actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it.
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Most exciting non-fiction-derived procedural ever made? Perhaps because the true story provides as many visceral thrills as an action movie: clear in its explosive-laced standoff in the suburb climax, which is probably the finest action sequence of the decade. It's also Berg's burgeoning of auterism, largely avoiding his eye-roll reverence of Americana for a balance, and the perfectionism in staging of Michael Mann.
The studio's acquisition of Trent Reznor on score duty, along with a holiday release date, tells me they thought they were making a prestige picture. In reality, "Patriots Day" is another gritty procedural from Michael Mann protege and underrated vulgar auteur Peter Berg. In fact, it might be his best work yet, as he showcases some muscular action sequences that impress precisely because of their limited geography.
Peter Berg continues to baffle and surprise; he's a vulgar auteur crossed with a compelling sociologist. "Lone Survivor" was exceptionally made, if jingoistic and simplistic. "Patriots Day," meanwhile, sees the director returning to the (underrated) attentive heights of "The Kingdom," losing none of the muscle or tension. A taut script shines in the hands of a solid and diverse ensemble cast.
The good news: Patriots Day is not the flag-waving, jingoistic propaganda we all feared, and actually treats the Boston Marathon bombers as human with a relatable sibling issue at the core. The bad/predictable news: it can't help but be a tad too showy and disrespectful in some of its most telling scenes.
In the age of superheroes, the tribute to the everyday man finding himself in extraordinary circumstances is on the rise, showcasing a need to have heroes that feel, indeed, real. Patriots’ Day is another movie framing that necessity, and Peter Berg’s deeply immersive storytelling seems to be a perfect match to the complex array of emotions that arose from the Boston bombings.
Superficial 'true-story' exploits an incident in modern american history as a measure for glorifying american values--the kind of arrogant values which in turn inspire such events.
Baseless, immoral filmmaking. A bit entertaining.
48/100 - Bad