Patriot's Day

Reviewed
Wed. 6/7/17
Patriot's Day
4.3333333333333
Acting
4
4/5
Morality
5
5/5
Music
4.5
4.5/5
Story
4.5
4.5/5
Visuals
4
4/5
Kernel Factor
4
4/5
Peter Berg delivers a true-story-drama-three-peat
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Viewing Environment:
DVD or Streaming <27in
Viewing Crew:
Myself
Times Watched:
1
Genre:
Epics/Historical
Payment Method:
Free/Screening
Review:

It's important to note the timing of when I watched this movie. I was actually on my way to a film set for the Emanuel documentary, which retells the tragic yet heroic story of the Emanuel 9 who were martrys in one of the largest church shooting in American history. That sort of sacrifice, which is also very apparent in Patriot's Day, had me both riveted and emotional throughout this powerful story. Even though I knew a lot of this storyline, there was so much I had forgotten or never considered when it came to this tragedy. It's obvious if you read my other reviews that I have a bias to films like this, but these sorts of true story dramas are also very risky to make. Either they soar or they fall completely flat with me - there's no middle ground. You have to have the budget to make the details work in these films while also carrying a sensitive heart to people and not just drama. I especially appreciated the ending, which gave ample screen time to the victims and their families. Great movie!

Acting
I think Peter Berg is an amazing director. Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, and this one just to name a few of his recent true-story inspired films. Although Mark Wahlberg is in all of them, he's a great casting decision. He consistently brings the performance that is necessary for such intensity. If you get beyond some of the Bostonian fake accents, I have no problems with the rest of the acting. The Tsarnaev brothers are especially notable for their acting. Great work!
Morality
This is all about Boston coming together. I watched this on the plane and it removed all cussing - so I liked this film even more so. Really makes you proud of America.
Music
Appropriate, edge-of-your-seat, and memorable. 
Story
Although this is based on a true story, there were several elements I forgot and/or didn't realize had occured. Additionally, I think Peter Berg is exceptional at finding the human element in his last three films. It's key to going one step deeper. Great storytelling!
Visuals
Beautifully done. I'm sure if I were to watch this on a larger screen I would enjoy it even more and/or find more beauties/errors in some of the shots, but I was consistently blown away by the authenticity of the shots.
Kernel Factor
I want to make films like this, but then again, these are the kinds of films that can ruin you if you do them wrong because they'll seem like you're fishing for a story and/or manipulating a story for profit. This film walks that line, but I see its heart and I can't help but love it.

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