A Missed Opportunity – A Runners Review of Patriots Day

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.” 

You can view this promotional video below…

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