Kelvin Kept His Hat On:
“Patriot’s Day: This Story Needed Spotlight.” Conclusion: 5/10. This really straddled the line for me. I’m not a fan of recent history movies, and director Peter Berg and Mark Walhberg’s “Deepwater Horizon” last summer wasn’t really an exception to that. The director and actor linked up again to make this movie on the Boston Marathon bombing from a few years ago and I couldn’t really get myself into “Patriot’s Day.” It paces pretty well but I found it too muddled with typical detective story clichés. Additionally, the tone seemed fairly conflicted. The movie tried to have some heavy-handed love-triumphs-hate dialogue moments, but I can’t say I really saw that motif in the film unless the characters were telling me how much love trumps hate. I found the portrayal of the terrorist brothers to be a bit awkward and it really took me out of the movie. The visuals were good and there were some emotionally gripping moments, but it was too much of a mixed bag for me. I wish these films were not made so soon after the incident. #DoubleCrimeSwing #TooSoon #BacksAgainstTheWahlberg#WhenYouveSeenOneGovernorYouveSeenDeval #AFewGoodman#TheBergIsTheWord
Austinn Says Hats Off:
‘Patriots Day’: Who’s Running the Boston Marathon Investigation. conclusion: 7/10 (hats off). Contrary to some people’s thoughts that this movie is “too soon”, I appreciate the timing of it. The message is relevant now more than ever. I also liked that the bombing scene was graphic, because when we hear about these things on the news, we don’t see the whole truth, the uncomfortable visuals, or the traumatic impact. Attacks like these mean blood everywhere, limbs blown off, crippling fear and trauma; not just for the victims but for everyone around. Mark Wahlberg did a great job, but I had problems with a lot of the other casting choices. Score was decent, while the sound editing and mixing were very good. And the movie wraps up in a powerful way. #changeyourSox#onehattwohatblackhatwhitehat #bringinhomethesuspects#thebombdotgov #policeandthankyou
Jarrod Says Hats Off:
#8 Film of 2017: Patriot’s Day 8/10 Peter Berg and Marky Mark are 2 for 2 in 2016 following Deepwater Horizon. Although both films deal with relevant, topical subject matter and should slightly enrage you, this film packs more of an emotional punch. It is extremely timely and done tastefully. Americans rarely seem to come together these days but the Boston Marathon bombing was probably the last real time most of us did. The production values are outstanding in this film, particularly the sound editing and mixing. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are now 4 for 4 on their film scores and even though it had slight shades of their Gone Girl score, it was still different enough to stand on its own. I thought the film was mostly about the bombings themselves based off of the trailers but this film is really about the aftermath and the ensuing investigation that followed, which was very interesting. I am not 100% sure on how accurate the street battle/shoot out that takes place near the end of the film is but that leads me to the couple of minor complaints I had. First off, speaking of that street battle, my God was the Boston Police Department terrible at their jobs. Maybe being in the infantry spoiled me to how battles should be fought in an intelligent, tactful manner but boy did these cops not know what they were doing and really endanger themselves and others. One cop shoots another on accident for example. Pretty frustrating to see that level of incompetence. Also, the film went a little overboard at times with Boston basically patting themselves on the back after coming together. It is great that Boston and the country came together but the film almost felt masturbatory at times. Michelle Monaghan was utilized in the beginning of the film but then kind of drops off. Would have been nice to see more of her and her acting talent. Overall though, an important film that deals with real world issues, has some solid performances and will tug on your heartstrings.
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