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Patriots Day (2016)

I am always a sucker for films based on a true event and this film would turn out to be no different. Surrounding the events of the 2013 Boston marathon bombing and similar to films such as Sully (2016), it tells the backstory to certain people's lives affected by the horrific attack, shows the sequence of events that happened and the aftermath of the brutality. By showing people's backstory, it allows you to  familiarise with them and makes this and the gruesome attack a bitter pill to swallow.

I've got to say, when I saw that Mark Wahlberg was in this film, I thought 'oh god this will be interesting' but surprisingly his performance was brilliant and a far cry from his awful and toe-curling performance in The Happening (2008) (SIDE NOTE- just after the attack I may have joked and said it was the tree's). With other cast members ranging from John Goodman to J.K Simmons to Kevin Bacon, I have to hold my hands up and say that the acting was excellent. Each moment in this 133 minute-long crime/historic - drama is tense and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I didn't know a whole lot about the incident (not even how many people were injured/killed) but this film portrays it in a sensitive yet informative way, recreating each moment yet dramatising certain elements. 

Being a recreation of the true event, the lead up to the horrific bombings makes your palms sweat ( unlike fictional films of course), as you know whats coming. The manhunt for the bombers is also extremely tense, especially the scene in which they steal a young man's car and take him along for the ride. With the biggest terrorism attack since the 9/11, I believe that director Peter Berg guided the re-telling of the frightful day of April 15th 2013 magnificently. 

I don't want to say a lot about this film as I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it, but I will say that I would 100% recommend this. It's brilliant. From the acting, to the special effects to how they portrayed the nefarious bomber's backstory. I would recommend this to anyone that loved Sully (2016) to United 93 (2006) to World Trade Center (2006) and I would definitely watch it again. 

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— AW