Powerful docudrama recounts the events leading up to the 2013 Boston marathon bombing and the pulse-pounding manhunt that ensued in its aftermath. I personally couldn’t care less about director Peter Berg’s previous disaster film “Deepwater Horizon”, but what I liked about “Patriot’s Day” is that the story he tells is a scary reminder of the world we live in. Even though the outcome of that day is familiar to anyone who follows the news, I was still on the edge of my seat the whole time. Berg outdid himself to bring this terrifying story to the big screen, casting once again Mark Wahlberg (they already worked together on “Lone Survivor” and “Deepwater Horizon“) and bringing in the likes of J.K Simmons, John Goodman and Kevin Bacon. With these actors around, you know you’re in for something special. But perhaps best of all is Berg’s determination to pay tribute to the innocent people who lost their lives that day. Needless to say, he has succeeded with flying colors.
Patriot’s Day  ★★★