I can’t say this is a spoiler-free review. The bombing of the Boston Marathon was just three years ago, though it seems like more time has passed. This movie proves how fallible human memory is. There were so many things about those few fear filled days that I had forgotten about.
This movie is a powerful docudrama starring Mark Wahlberg, J. K. Simmons, Kevin Bacon, and John Goodman. There’s no glitzy Hollywood intro – from the start you are immersed in the prelude to the race. The story is told from many perspectives, most of those through the eyes of the law enforcement officers involved with tracking down and capturing and killing the terrorists.
It is gripping and compelling. No matter what you remember about the incidents tied to this horrific crime, you are sucked into the character stories. It is a tense ride for the viewer, one where your emotions are torn and tugged at by the performances of the actors.
There were times I cried, times I wanted to cheer, and times I cringed and averted my eyes. The images of gore and ghastly human damage from the bombing are necessary, but still cringe-worthy. Mark Wahlberg’s performance is top-notch, as is Kevin Bacon’s. You are sucked into the story from the start and you cannot afford a bio-break during the movie, the pacing is so rigid.
I loved this movie, plain and simple. It is one of the better film adaptions of historical events that I ‘ve seen since Sully. You come away wiping away tears and remembering those hours where we were all Boston Strong – when we all stood behind law enforcement. I know that doesn’t fit the current narrative that the media shoves down our throats; that police are racist murderers. This film flies right in the face of that kind of story and does so with class, grace, and with honor.
I honestly can’t believe that this movie isn’t getting more press. Trust me, it is well worth your time to go see it.
No matter what you think you remember about those painful hours, I highly recommend this film. Five out of five stars.