Patriots Day” –  9

In a word: Gripping

     One of the best true-story epics I’ve seen in years. 

     This is all about the Boston Marathon bombing of April, 2013; the preludes, the murderous scenes, the panic, the suffering, the investigations, the apprehensions, the intimate stories of victims, cops and killers, and the aftermath, all woven together in a film people can digest and keep track of.

     Mark Wahlberg is the lead actor plying a Boston cop with personal problems of his own, always compelling, but the movie is not about the acting, it’s about the story. John Goodman, complete with 100 pound weight loss, plays the Boston Police Commissioner and Kevin Bacon plays the lead FBI agent in charge. They are all good. But so are the bit actors. Even better is the snippets about the sub-plots, the people who suffered, their families, their kids, the conflicts between law enforcement agencies, the perils of law enforcement when a simple cop is ambushed for no reason stripping his family of his love, the limbs lost by decent people and the stress imposed on cops in all agencies.

     Neither is the movie politically correct. The killers are portrayed as they were, Islamic extremists, dedicated to Jihad and denigrating anyone who was not a Muslim, including Dr. Martin Luther King. I had kept track of the original story three years ago, but did not know the extent to which the terrorists shot it out with the police.

     One criticism is some of the confusion about overlapping law enforcement jurisdictions, who was in charge when and where.  Not always clear.

     But it’s an edge-of-your-seat movie, that will make you cry at the end. What’s scary is that it can happen again – tomorrow, next week, next year.

     Click here: Patriots Day (2016) – IMDb

     This movie is worth a 9 out of 10.


  1. Donald January 21, 2017 at 11:08 pm #

    I’m afraid I won’t see this movie. A review I read said the “F” word is used 140 times in this movie. I’m sick of seeing movies that use the “F” word in nearly every sentence. I don’t know what it is about that word that movie makers can’t seem to avoid any more. When you add additional profanity it distracts from the otherwise notable dialogue. I read about two other movies that use the “F” word 65-80 times in 90 minutes. It’s disgusting!

    • Peggy January 23, 2017 at 9:25 pm #

      Thank you, Donald. I have felt the same for a long time and no longer go to the movies. Can’t stand the foulness. No wonder our kids are using profanity everywhere, including the school halls. Indeed sad.

  2. Charlie January 23, 2017 at 10:01 am #

    Being from Southern New England myself I couldn’t wait to see this movie. I totally agree with your asessment Marshall. Not as many F bombs as Manchester by the Sea.

  3. Glenn Moffett January 23, 2017 at 10:56 am #

    Great movie, Marshall. I agree, not a big fan of the overuse of the f-word by Hollywood, but I was too busy enjoying the movie than to count them. Profanity is commonplace now in movies and television, part of the moral decline of America.

    • Peggy January 23, 2017 at 9:28 pm #

      Do something about it. The only thing that matters to them is money. Stop giving your hard earned money to,Hollywood. It spews evil.

  4. Pete January 23, 2017 at 11:12 am #

    ….saw it. Great movie. Inspiring.

  5. Ron Pearce January 23, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

    I felt as though every American should see this movie. There were times in our jobs you saw horrific things, things that you can not un-see, things that haunt you for the rest of your life. You put on your game face and did your job, only later to quietly cry and realize that you are only human. I feel a majority of people live with a false sense of security, that it will never happen here or to them. I live in a gated community and chuckle at those that really think that gate will make a difference.
    I liked that the story told about the everyday lives of people, both from a law enforcement stand point and a civilian stand point. How in an instant your life and those friends and family surrounding you, can be transformed forever. I am not ashamed to admit by the end of the movie it had gotten to me.
    Is it Oscar material? no But, it is a story that sorely needs to be told. People need to realize this is not a game, this is reality. It can, does and will happen here, if we do not take measures to prevent it.

  6. reality January 29, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    To Ron Pearce: Why do you separate civilian and law enforcement people? We are all in this together, and vigilant civilians have prevented tragedies, just as law enforcement people have often created tragedies. A police car chase of burglars has resulted in innocent bystanders being killed, how often? Or injured horribly, for life. Avoid crowds, we tell our children, and wonder at why cities allow Marathons that block streets and cause confusion for so many of us. Why are they not held in parks, or stadiums, armories, etc.?
    We do not live with a false sense of security. We have lived long enough to know that tragedy is not just caused by some foreigner. Drunken drivers, esp. ruin so many lives,
    and yet so often are excused, or given lenient sentences. Didn’t some policemen recently cover up their fellow policeman’s drunken exploits?

  7. reality February 7, 2017 at 5:54 pm #

    Come on, I am tired as you should be Mr. Frank of picking up the local paper and reading about simple cops involved doing something illegal ,immoral or just plain supid and getting
    suspened with pay which mounts to a vacation all covered up by HONEST POLICE,
    Last year 18 American soldiers were killed in combat ,38 police officers killed in the line duty and some 29,000 Americans killed 3500 by police. Wearing a uniform seems to be the safest.

  8. Snake Hunter{s} February 22, 2017 at 11:17 pm #

    Un-Reality runs true to form; can’t avoid a chance to bum-rap law enforcement. – reb
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