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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

PATRIOTS DAY [2016]

Director Peter Berg's second 2016 film based on real-life tragic events is the surprisingly good Patriots Day.
Centering the events around the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings might be a little too fresh in everyone's mind but Berg & co. never fully exploit the facts for the sake of popcorn action.
Rather than focus too much on the terrorist plot details the film is more interested in honoring the heroes involved and how they went about their time during the 100-hour manhunt.  There's some amazingly acted & written scenes worthy of great praise, however they find themselves in the middle of some lesser scenes that feel more boringly standard to the terrorist thriller genre.  It sits on a very fragile line of exploitation and honorable tribute and that's what deter most folks from seeing the film.

3½ bad knees out of 5

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