Patriots Day - 0 Stars
I was honestly shocked, made uncomfortable and angered by this movie.
The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.
There were a lot of heroes to celebrate and people to mourn after the 2013 attacks in Boston. This movie does not honour their memory or celebrate their actions, but instead capitalises of their horrors with a film more akin to Die Hard than Schindler's List. It seems awfully soon to be making this kind of movie anyway and there doesn’t seem to be an awful lot of tact about how this was made. If this were an action movie it would’ve been great, but instead it’s telling a real story in an inappropriate fashion.
The next issue to address is the lack of muslim representation in the film. The bombings were committed by 2 muslim brothers and after the incident the muslim community spoke up and clarified that these terrorists did not represent their community in any way shape or form. There are literally no other muslims in this film, it’s a disgusting way to propagate hate and encourage an already muslim-phobic world to continue to hold illegitimate fears.
The third issue is the fact that it seems to serve also as a warning, don’t attack the US, we stand strong, we have armies etc. It really seems more like a propaganda film and it’s disgusting.
The actors do try their best, there are actually good performances in here, but it’s difficult to see why the signed up for this in the first place.
Overall in this fragile political climate this is the wrong movie to be releasing. It’s offensive.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas