Movie Review: Patriots Day

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Patriots Day is directed by Peter Berg, it stars Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Michelle Monaghan and J.K. Simmons.

Patriots Day recalls the real life events of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15th 2013.

The Good

Peter Berg once again delivers a solid true story adaptation with Patriots Day. One of the most notable things about Peter Berg’s directing is the way the movie is filmed. It’s very high octane and he knows how to build up a scene with great anticipation.


The movie is also well edited combining archive clips from the actual event from CCTVs to phone cameras. The movie flows very well and it helps build up the anticipation and also gives you multiple vantage points of when an event is about to occur.

The acting in this movie is great, everyone had great performances and gave very subtle approach which gives realism to the movie.

The Bad

One of the biggest flaws of the movie is it’s length, the movie is over two hours long and you feel the length of the film. This coincides with another flaw which is the story-telling.


There are plenty of scenes that felt random and though it helps with character development, there’s no real pay off to most of them.



Overall Patriots Day is a great action-thriller movie. If you’re familiar with Peter Berg’s work from Lone Survivor to another recent film, Deepwater Horizon, you know what you’re getting. From great action scenes to subtle performances with a dash of American patriotism. Patriots Day is worth checking out.

Good Bad 3.8/5
  • Great Performances
  • Great Cinematography
  • Long Running Time

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