Steve Says Patriots Day Will Remind You What #BostonStrong Was All About

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If you have been a fan of this site for any length of time, you know that Steve loves him some movies that are based on real-life events. The bombings at the Boston Marathon in 2013 is right up my alley and right up the alleys of many Americans. Peter Berg brings us together for the retelling of the horrific events that transpired the week of April 15th, 2013. He brings a nice cast along with him in hopes of keeping his audience interested in this 130 minute film.

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Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) is a cop that is in the final stages of his stay in the department doghouse. He has been kept on his beat and nothing more for as long as he can remember and he is told that the final hurdle in his life in the doghouse was to work the Boston Marathon. Little did he know how much that final step would change his life forever. He gets prepared for work just as he normally would and kisses his wife Carol (Michelle Monoghan) goodbye.

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We get to meet Governor Deval Patrick (Michael Beach) who looks just like Yoenis Cespedes of the NY Mets, Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J. K. Simmons), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman) and FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon). We also get to meet a nurse and her husband. They are making plans for Patriots Day in Boston. There really are only 3 choices if you live in Boston that day – you are either in the Marathon, at the traditional 11am Red Sox game or watching the Marathon and Sox game on TV. It is really very simple. They decide on watching part of the Sox game at a bar and then heading to the race. We also get to meet a group of students as well as the bombers themselves. You all know what happened that day and the days that followed, so I won’t go into many of the details here.

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Everything about Patriots Day works. From the cast to the sense of urgency to the accents. It’s a moving film about one of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil. We get details from the bombs being planted to the evidence being collected and we get actual footage from the actual events of that week. We get to see how tactical the Police Department and the FBI are on their way to figuring out who the scumbags were that caused all of the havoc. The special appearance by Big Papi was just one more piece to the puzzle in making this film as good as it was. You all remember the speech he gave at Fenway Park in the Sox first game back after the attacks, right? Powerful and inspiring, just like the film. This is absolutely one that you will want to check out.

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