Advance review out of the AFI Film Festival.
Reuniting for their third fact-based film about heroes and survivors following Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon, director Peter Berg and star-producer Mark Wahlberg’s Patriots Day recounts the April 2013 terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon and the frenzied hunt for its two perpetrators over the subsequent days.
The film presents a vigorous, frontline view of both the attack and the way in which first responders, law enforcement, and everyday citizens reacted by coming together and finding common good. It’s a heartfelt salute to the city of Boston and its denizens, and to the better angels of human nature.
Berg, seemingly channeling Paul Greengrass, employs an observational approach to the events as he tracks the professionals trying to do their jobs the best they can given the circumstances. Berg lets the actions and responses, the verite images of carnage and courage, simply speak for themselves without further manipulation. It was a wise and respectful choice.
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