By Hunter Lord ’18
Patriots Day Review
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, Michelle Monaghan
Peter Berg brings yet another action packed, amazing, jaw dropping film to the Taft campus. His skills and creativity to turn real life events into a perfect motion picture amaze all audiences throughout the world. In this film we see some of our favorite actors such as Mark Wahlberg (a war hero), J.K. Simmons (a hot-tempered music teacher), John Goodman (a blue monster), Michelle Monaghan (a woman who falls in love at a friend’s funeral), and Kevin Bacon (a dancing machine). Mark Wahlberg was the best choice for this film because as a Bostonian, Mark had the roots and the perfect accent for the movie.
When the great city of Boston is attacked without warning, Sgt. Tommy Saunders (Wahlberg) is there to protect and serve at all costs. When the two bombs went off just 210 yards apart, three people were killed, including a eight year-old child and an MIT police officer, and 264 people lost limbs. This horrific event turned a picture perfect day into a nightmare. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev carried out these attacks under the influence of Anwar al-Awlaki who was a terrorist before his death in 2011. This film honors and pays tribute to those who were lost and those who were severely injured.
The movie was shown in Taft’s Bingham Auditorium where students were mesmerized by one of their alums. Jamie Woodworth 18’ commented, “Peter bergs ability to captivate his audience is remarkable.” While watching the movie, it was amazing to see how many people were focused and intrigued the whole way through. This shows the power and effect Peter Berg has on his movies. All of the movies Peter Berg has brought to Taft and the world have been thrilling and breathtaking.
This footage shows how innocent those victims were and the resilience of the Boston Police Department and the FBI. Tatnall Holt said to me, “When I was watching this movie…all I could think about is f*** ISIS.” This film also gives a behind-the-scenes perspective of what actually happened in those few days. Peter Berg did a wonderful job of following the victims and the police officers, which added the feeling of not knowing what will happen next to that person. Berg also did a fantastic job by keeping the action present throughout the film and kept everybody on their toes. It also brought back some of the crucial details that audiences may have forgotten, which made the movie very exciting.
This film showed the hope and the strength of the city of Boston, but also the love that the police have on our communities. Without these brave people in our towns and cities, people would not feel safe and have someone who is looking out for us. This is a must see movie, and is great for people who love action and emotional films. It is a great movie if you love Mark Wahlberg because his performance is off the charts. This was for sure the best movie I have seen this year. Congratulations and thank you to Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg for yet another fantastic film brought to the Taft Community!