“Patriots Day” Depicts Stirring Humanity in Wake of Boston Bombing


Mark Walburg stars in one of the newest movies released about the Boston Bombing.

The new film “Patriot’s Day” gives a full rundown of all the tragic events of the Boston Bombings on April 15, 2013. Watching the movie makes you feel as if you were there capturing every emotion surrounding the event. The movie was directed by Peter Burg and stars Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons, and John Goodman.

The Boston Marathon is an event that is held annually every Patriots Day since 1897. The movie is based on the 2013 marathon that was bombed by two men. On that awful day in 2013, three people died and 264 people were severely injured in the wake of murderous actions by terrorist brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

The movie starts off with depictions of the lives of the police officers who were involved, the citizens affected, and even the bombers. You see into their lives so even if you weren’t directly affected by this tragic event, you still feel the pain of those whose friends and family were impacted. The movie then follows the actions of law enforcement as they hunt down and eventually apprehend one of the brothers (the other was killed).

Reviews for the movie have been mixed. The Wall Street Journal said: “The hurtling action, speaking louder than any dialogue, gives a stirring sense of the suffering and heroism that flowed from the terror at the Boylston Street finish line.”

One common criticism of the movie is that viewers almost felt as if they were watching a documentary and not a narrative film. A negative review in The Atlantic read: “If Berg had dug deeper, he could have had a great film on his hands; as it stands, he’s delivered a rote, but occasionally thought-provoking, misfire.”

All in all, the movie was both thrilling and informational. It offered a wide view of the humanity impacted by such an event. No viewing of “Patriots Day” can keep you from feeling unabashedly patriotic about the heroism that’s alive and well in our country.