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Patriots Day (2016)

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The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.

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Harrold
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Commissioner Ed Davis
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Officer Outside Harrold’s Apartment
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Patrick Downes
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Jessica Kensky
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Officer Sean Collier
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Li
Jerry Dwyer Jr. ...
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MIT Professor (as Sangbae Kim)
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Carol Saunders
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On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated R for violence, realistically graphic injury images, language throughout and some drug use | See all certifications »

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13 January 2017 (USA)  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

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$161,306 (USA) (23 December 2016)

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$31,886,361 (USA)
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First feature film scored by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross that isn't directed by David Fincher. See more »

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A crying officer describes a sequence of events for the MIT officer shooting saying the shooters wanted to take his gun, but he wouldn't give it up and they shot him. There were no eyewitnesses to the events, least of all him. There is no way he would have known there was a struggle for the officer's gun. See more »

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Sergeant John MacLellan: Welcome to Watertown, motherfuckers!
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Ain't Been Good
Written by John F. Burns
Performed by Ohio University Marching 110
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Writer/Director Peter Berg Takes Police Work to the next Level
13 January 2017 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

PPs (police procedurals) are a staple of the film/TV industry and are (believe it or not) as common as comedies or romcoms. However, within that category, "big" PPs based on big crimes are not that common. In fact, you would have to go back to the early 70s when a number of "big PPs" like Day of the Jackal 1973 were all the rage.

So, a film like this done properly (and, trust me, this one is done perfectly) would be a treat all by itself. However, what makes this film extra-special is the extensive use of video footage.

Now, to be clear, video footage as a plot device is not new by itself. It is now, and has been used extensively in British film and TV because, as we all know, London is the most "surveyed" city on the planet.

But -- the point -- nothing the Brits have ever done with the forensic use of video comes even close to what Berg brings us in this excellent film. Much the same way that the original creators of CSI-Vegas introduced an entirely new sort of sub-genre, it can be argued that Patriots Day similarly has taken the police procedural to an entirely new level.

The film itself? Brilliant! Berg has taken a stellar group of A-listers and make them work as a team, mirroring on the subliminal level the theme of the movie, which is both positive, and hopeful, and suggests that if we all work together, we can accomplish pretty much anything.


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