Wednesday, 2 August 2017

MPOV: Patriots Day

My rating: 3/5
IMDb rating: 7.4/10
Released: January 13, 2017
Director: Peter Berg
Casts: Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, J.K. Simmons, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman
Category: A 2016 American action-drama about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing

On April 15, 2013, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev detonate two bombs during the Boston Marathon, causing widespread panic. A young couple, Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky, are injured and taken to separate hospitals, where they are both required to have their legs amputated; while family man Steve Woolfenden is injured and separated from his young son, Leo, who is rescued by the police and taken to a safe location.

FBI agent Richard DesLauriers is assigned to investigate the bombings in collaboration with Boston police commissioner Ed Davis and Watertown police sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, while Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders searches for evidence and helps people that have been injured or separated from their loved ones in the chaos, including Patrick and Jessica as well as Steven and Leo. FBI analysts review footage of the bombing and identify Dzhokhar and Tamerlan as suspects, but DesLauriers is reluctant to release their pictures to the public without further evidence. His hand is forced when the pictures are leaked to the press, while Pugliese's men begin conducting door-to-door searches for the pair.

Attempting to lie low, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan kill officer Sean Collier to steal his sidearm and carjack student Dun Meng, announcing their plans to conduct another bombing in New York City. Just before Dzhokhar leaves the convenience store, Meng quickly escapes the car and goes to the different convenience store so that he can call the police; the brothers flee in the stolen car. Saunders arrives at the scene, learns of the brothers' plan and is given the stolen car's GPS tracker code, leading police to the pair's hideout. The ensuing shootout sees several officers injured, while Tamerlan is shot by Pugliese and run over by Dzhokhar, killing him. Dzhokhar escapes in the chaos; meanwhile, Tamerlan's wife Katherine Russell and Dzhokhar's college friends are later detained by the FBI Hostage Rescue Team and questioned by the High-Value Interrogation Group, but Katherine refuses to disclose any knowledge of her husband's illegal activities, while Dzhokhar's friends appear oblivious to his plans, despite having earlier found bomb components in his possessions. A local man name David Henneberry later finds Dzhokhar hiding under the sheets of his boat and calls the police. Dzhokhar is quickly surrounded and arrested after a brief standoff, as Saunders and his colleagues celebrate. The Boston police are invited to attend a Boston Red Sox game, where David Ortiz thanks them for their heroism and telling them to "stay strong".

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Truly a captivating movie revealing the hours before the bombing and the subsequent terrorist manhunt. Some scenes were kinda gory but this made it more realistic. The hero's role definitely shine through the movie filled with courage and empathy. The terrorists, one was as young as 19 years old! Why would he do it? He could have a bright future but all's lost and now waiting for the lethal injection. His older brother has a wife and daughter but it didn't bothered him that he'll abandoned them? It did piqued me but then whatever the reasons, they do have a sick mind. This is such an eye-opening movie for me.

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