I went into "Patriot's Day" with a lot of hope. I really liked "Deepwater Horizon", and the trailers for this one looked very intriguing, so I went to see it on the Thursday night preview for the expansion. I was very impressed by the film, and I think it is the best of Berg's trio of American heroism films.
The writing of the film was extremely effective for emotional impact and suspense. A lot of controversy is arising over the protagonist being the fictional character played by Mark Wahlberg. While I do agree that the fictional element of the character is slightly off-putting, I think that the character is very well-developed over the course of the film and is used well to tie the story together. Other well-developed characters include Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman) and Edward DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon). At first, it seemed like they were going to glamorize the one of the suspects, Jahar, however it did luckily turn later in the film to make him feel like more of an antagonist. I also like how all of the storylines felt fulfilled and balanced, with all characters developed effectively and all storylines feeling natural.
The editing of the film is also extremely good. During the bombing sequence, the editing is brilliant between the filmed footage and actual footage from the event. The cinematography has a lot of cool effects during this sequence too. The score was also used well to build intensity. The acting also has to be praised, especially Wahlberg, Simmons, Goodman, Bacon, and Wolff.
Overall, I think that "Patriot's Day" was an intense film that handled the tragedy it is based on very well. The editing is great and the characters are well-developed. I think this is one of my favorite true-story films of the year.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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