The true story of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’s actions leading up to the Boston Marathon bombing, culminating in the citywide manhunt to bring the terrorists to justice.

I’ve been looking forward to Patriots Day before having seen a trailer. Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg have proven that they are a powerful team. When it comes to these true to life stories (Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon) it’s hard to pick against their track record. I have the upmost faith in them to tell this story in a real way, as they have done before. Also, this cast is stacked. From Wahlberg to J.K. Simmons, and John Goodman this looks to be a great film.

Patriot’s Day was one of the hardest watches I’ve had at the movies. It’s as exciting and action packed as it is thoughtful, respectful and professional. Peter Berg continues to do the best work of his career in the films based on a true story. Once he brings you in you’re on the edge of your seat until the very last second. It breaks your heart to the core watching this all unfold. He develops the relationships between the characters very well. Within the first fifteen minutes you’re invested in everyone. Their lives are so peaceful and loving. So when the events unfold you feel every bit of it. I can’t speak better of Peter Berg. This is one of the best movies I’ve seen.

The performances are powerful across the board. Wahlberg is better than he’s ever been. He brings that relentlessness that Tommy Saunders has. You see the sense of urgency wearing on him. John Goodman as the commissioner was a perfect fit. Ed Davis was full of pride, and a hunger for justice and Goodman brought that all to the forefront. Kevin Bacon as the FBI director is solid and as is J.K. Simmons as an aging police officer who is called to duty. All great performances, all equally powerful in their own way.

Patriots Day is heart wrenching. It’s one of those movies that you have to watch at least once. To appreciate its greatness, and to show your respect to the people of Boston, who at the end of the day are the hero of this story.

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