‘Patriots Day’ Reviewed By Barry Rubin, “Proves ‘Boston Strong’ Was Not Just A Phrase But A Fact”


Patriots Day” is a docudrama depicting the events that occurred in Boston at the running of its world famous marathon on April 15, 2013. The film was directed by Peter Berg who co-wrote the screenplay with Matt Cook and Joshua Zimmer. Splendidly acted by Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman and J.K. Simmons, the film tells in detail the efforts of law enforcement to track down and ultimately either capture or kill the two terrorist brothers responsible for the attack.


One might wonder how a film can engender suspense and interest when its outcome is already known to most if not all of its viewers. “Sully” is a perfect example that such a feat can be accomplished when there is enough material and good writing to make it happen. Also, like “Sully” the coda at the end of the film introduces us to the real life people who were portrayed in the film which gives glaring reality to the events depicted in it. I truly enjoyed the film, not only for the good writing and acting , but for the information imparted to the audience as law enforcement worked tirelessly and with speed to end the nightmare that befell the City of Boston.


I give the film 3 and ½ stars because, amidst the suffering and tragedy associated with the event, there is also an acknowledgment of the ability of the human spirit to survive and move forward proving once again that “’Boston Strong” was not just a phrase but a fact..

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Written By: Barry Rubin, Sr. Film Reviewer and Hollywood Historian

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