‘Patriots Day’

patriots_day_onesheet_au_lrPatriots Day is a no-frills, to-the-point recounting of the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon, its aftermath and the city-wide hunt for the two men responsible.

It’s certainly harrowing viewing early on as director Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon, Lone Survivor) takes us into the midst of the confusion immediately after the bomb blasts. From there it evolves into something of a templated manhunt with Berg focussing on the with-attitude detective, Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg – Deepwater Horizon, Lone Survivor). It’s a solid enough performance but the result is an off-kilter one man manhunt rather than the coordinated teamwork across several agencies.

Rating: 54%

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