Patriots Day is the third film in Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg’s truth trilogy and it’s fair to say, the worst.
The film recreates the events of the tragic 2013 Boston Marathon bombing in which 4 people were killed and several hundred injured, leading to a deadly shootout with the terrorists on the streets of Watertown, Massachusetts.
Previously Berg has taken real life events and created something special – Lone Survivor, the first in the trilogy, was a tour de force, and his most recent instalment in the trilogy, Deepwater Horizon, was a flawed but well-executed movie.
Here he again does a great job of capturing a tragic day on film. He blends tv, security camera, and mobile phone footage with re-staged performances to give the film a sense of authenticity. He also excels at highlighting the stories of bravery, tragedy, and recovery.
But thats where the good qualities end as the tone of the movie as a whole is a complete misfire, with poorly executed humour running throughout
It’s not as if this film needs to play for laughs, but yet Berg, for some reason, feels it’s appropriate to try and make us laugh whilst bullets are whizzing past and explosions are occurring left, right and centre. What we supposed to be laughing at here?
I should stress also that I don’t think Peter Berg intentionally set out to make fun of a horrible event. I genuinely believe he was just trying to lighten the mood a little, but comedy is all about timing, and this feels poorly timed.