Following the attack on the 2013 Boston Marathon, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins the manhunt to catch the bombers before they can strike again. Among those participating in the aftermath and intense search are Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino (Vincent Curatola) and Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J. K. Simmons).

Based on the actual events surrounding
the horrific bombing, this gripping drama maintains a high level of suspense throughout. While the facts and outcome are well-known, director/co-writer Peter Berg delivers an interesting account with many edge-of-your-seat moments. This is yet
another successful collaboration between Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg that includes "Lone Survivor". Most of the characters here are real, but Wahlberg's Saunders is a composite of several officers who worked on that day. Michelle Monaghan's superb portrayal of Saunders' wife Carol, a nurse, is also fictional. It is difficult to pick a standout performance in what is certainly one of the best ensembles of the year. A pulsating music score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross combined with Tobias A. Schliessler's impressive cinematography and the amazing cast lift this film way above standard docudrama fare. Stay through the closing credits for a look at some of the real people of Boston whose lives were changed by the attack. As a thrilling, emotional and reverential experience, "Patriots Day" goes the distance. (4 CAMS)

Rated R / Running Time: 133 minutes

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