A few months ago, after seeing the first trailer for Patriots Day, I wrote a short post asking if it was too soon to be making a movie about the bombing that took place at the Boston Marathon in April 2013. My own feelings were torn after watching the first trailer for the film. I felt that if the film was made by the right people with the intent of honoring the victims, first responders, and the runners who took part in the race, the film could be a cathartic experience. However, as a movie buff, I also know Hollywood’s track record for churning out films that are designed to manipulate the feelings of the American public about a tragic event to turn a quick profit. Of course, I couldn’t completely decide how I felt about the film until after I had seen the finished product, but the casting of Boston native Mark Wahlberg and the marketing campaign for the movie left me hopeful.
As part of the marketing push for the film, Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg took the time to produce a three minute video explaining why they were making the film. In the video, Berg says…
“We came to Boston to tell the story which honors those who were affected, and we were humbled and very thankful for the way they opened up to us and became partners in ensuring the story was told in a very authentic way.”
I just came across the trailer for the movie Patriots Day. For those of you runners out there that are not movie buffs, Patriots Day is based on the story of the bombing at the Boston Marathon in April 2013 and the manhunt that followed. I’ve watched the trailer twice now and I have mixed feelings on it.
I can’t deny that the movie looks like it is well made and will keep audiences entertained. However, I find the cynic in me viewing the studio making this movie guilty of playing on our emotional connection to this event. Knowing that our connection to our sport and this tragedy will draw large audiences and garauntee a huge return at the box office. At least they cast Mark Walberg, a Boston native, to play the lead roll. Mark Walberg isn’t the greatest actor, but, I’ll be damned if he isn’t one of the most entertaining actors working today.
What are your thoughts on Hollywood churning out a film about the Boston Marathon bombing just 3.5 years after the tragic event occurred? Do you think the film was made to honor the victims and to celebrate the human spirit that was displayed by the runners, first responders, and spectators, or is Hollywood looking to make a quick buck off of this tragedy?
Here’s a quick post to help all of you that are recovering from running marathon this weekend smile…
While getting gas and a 5 Hour Energy to fuel my drive home from St. George after Saturday’s marathon, the gas station clerk mentioned how gross she thought 5 Hour Energy tasted. I readily agreed with her assessment of 5 Hour Energy’s horrid flavor, but told her that I needed it to keep me awake on my drive home due to how tired I was from running the marathon the day before.
As soon as I mentioned that I had run the marathon, the gas station clerk to the left of the one that was helping me shouted out, “the day after the marathon!”
I chuckled and said, “what?”
“You’ve never seen the YouTube video “The Day After The Marathon?” the woman said in disbelief.
I smiled and told her that I had never seen the video. The clerk responded but telling me that I MUST watch the video as soon as I got home.
Intrigued by the fact that there was a humorous video about running that I had never seen, I looked up the video this afternoon. The gas station clerk was right! This video is all too real for those of us out there who are currently recovering or have ever recovered from a marathon. Click play on the video below and have a good laugh. Even if you have seen this video before, it definitely warrants repeat viewings. Enjoy!