• Todd Puhl

Movie Review: Patriots Day

Updated: May 28, 2019


First off, not a typical Wahlberg film, and I am ok with that. With Trent Reznor(NIN) creating the soundtrack and Peter Berg(Smokin Aces) helming this true story about this terrorist attack in Boston in 2013, it felt like a must see movie for 2017. And it was worth it.

On April 15, 2013, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev detonate two bombs during the Boston Marathon, causing widespread panic. FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers is assigned to investigate the bombings in collaboration with Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis and Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, while Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders(Wahlberg) searches for evidence and helps people that have been injured or separated from their loved ones in the chaos. FBI analysts review footage of the bombing and identity Dzhokhar and Tamerlan as suspects, but DesLauriers is reluctant to release their pictures to the public without further evidence. His hand is forced when the pictures are leaked to the press, while Pugliese's men begin conducting door-to-door searches for the pair.


Attempting to lay low, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan kill an officer to steal his gun and carjack a students care, announcing their plans to conduct another bombing in New York City. The student manages to escape when the brothers stop at a gas station and call the police. Saunders arrives at the scene, learns of the brothers' plan and is given the stolen car's GPS tracker code, leading police to the pair's hideout. The ensuing shootout sees several officers injured, while Tamerlan is shot by Pugliese and accidentally run over by Dzhokhar, killing him. Dzhokhar escapes in the chaos; meanwhile, Tamerlan's wife Katherine Russell(Benoist) and Dzhokhar's college friends are later detained and questioned, but Katherine refuses to disclose any knowledge of her husband's illegal activities, while Dzhokhar's friends appear oblivious to his plans, despite having earlier found bomb components in his possessions. A local man later finds Dzhokhar hiding under the sheets of his boat and calls the police. Dzhokhar is quickly surrounded and arrested after a brief standoff, as Saunders and his colleagues celebrate.

Tommy Saunders was a fictional character put into the story to tie in all the events that took place. Even tho it was a main role, Saunders did not drive the pace of the story, the Tsarnaev brothers did. When this happened years ago, I was following the story, and I was unaware of how intense the final gun battle with police was. I had no idea they had pipe bombs for examples. Understanding the people of Boston gave this film heat for being created and Peter Berg was denied multiple locations to shoot because of how the subject was so sensitive, this film still comes out as a solid flick.

It would be a huge miss if you passed on this film. I suggest you don't.

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