“Patriot’s Day” (2016)

This was the third film collaboration between director Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg in a biographical action film, and this is easily the best of the bunch. Whilst ostensibly a manhunt thriller about the Boston Marathon Bombing, the film’s strengths lies in its handling of the impact that such an event shaped, not only individuals, but a whole community. It’s the little moments in this film that help lend an authenticity to what we’re seeing; the husband teaching his wife how to talk like a Bostonian, the female cop who refuses to leave her position when the FBI arrive, etc. This film captures the heartwarming spirit of how an awful event can bring people closer together, whilst being an exciting and gripping thriller to boot.

Rating: 5/5

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