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?