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We rented Patriots' Day last night - I honestly didn't expect much and I was pleasantly surprised. To me, Wahlbergs macho Boston thing can be tedious but the film was good enough to minimize it.
The film gave me insight into the Boston Marathon bombings invesigation while I remembered how shocked and sad I felt when the event occurred.
There were many white knuckle moments, especially the car jacking of Dun Meng and the Watertown shoot out that was realistically chaotic and not Hollywood BS - and the film successfully captured how vulnerable the City was for those 4 days.
What was most impressive was the positive message from the real-life victims at the end - the belief that love prevails and that people are basically good.
I'm curious to what others thought of this film. I thought it was excellent.
Edits: 03/29/17Follow Ups:
Hi Dr. Phibes,
I saw the film last night and I thought it was exellent too. I have a friend that lost her leg there and I was being very critical about the true facts and I think this movie got it right on.
Being from Maine and in and out of Boston all my life I can tell accents. John Goodman could not do a Boston accent. There were others too. When the scene of the covered boat and that guy from Framingham not budging for the FBI guy on the roof, that was a real Bostonian!
Other than that it was superb and your right about the ending Dr.Phibes......Mark Korda
Mark - I'm sorry to hear about your friend ... and I'm glad you liked the movie too.
Even I, a New Yorker, could intuitively tell the "covered boat guy" was the real deal but I believe the "guy from Framingham not budging for the FBI guy on the roof" was actually a woman- I wouldn't want to mess with her!
Whatever little flaws the film had, the "star" of the film was the unified spirit of all the good people in Boston.
Thanks for your response and have a great day- Jim
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