Release Date: 10 May 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons
Mark Wahlberg as a Boston cop might instill a sense of security, but not when the subject of the film is the fateful 2013 Boston Marathon, where two homemade bombs were detonated at the finishing line in an act of terrorism. Patriots Day details the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, as the FBI and Boston PD swiftly mobilise to identify those responsible and conduct a city-wide manhunt. Having recently dramatised another real-life American tragedy in Deepwater Horizon, director Peter Berg condenses and consolidates this massive operation into a taut and tense two hours. Although we already know the outcome, this is still a gripping procedural that’s acutely sensitive to its subject matter. Patriots Day is a respectful and engrossing account – and a sobering reminder – of the events of 15 April 2013, but perhaps not the film America needs right now given the political climate.