Patriots Day Mark Wahlberg

The inside story of the world’s greatest manhunt. 

This is a riveting account of the terrorist attack on the 2013 Boston Marathon, when Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, two Chechen brothers inspired by radical Islam, set off home-made explosives near the race’s finish line, killing three people and injuring several hundred others.

Patriots Day closely follows the events leading up to the bombing and the massive manhunt that followed, and features the likes of John Goodman, JK Simmons and Kevin Bacon as some of the actual politicians, policemen and FBI officers who were involved. However, the film’s central figure, Mark Wahlberg’s dogged Boston cop Tommy Saunders, is completely fictional. He’s there at every stage of the narrative, and there’s something just a little absurd about the way he is always in the thick of things, Boston’s answer to Woody Allen’s Zelig.

Yet Walhlberg, working for the third time with director Peter Berg on a movie about real-life disaster following Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon, does hold things together with his blue-collar, salt-of-the-earth decency, while Berg gives the race to apprehend the bombers a compelling, gripping urgency. And the extended coda, which features interviews with some of the real people portrayed in the film, is genuinely moving.

Certificate 15. Runtime 133 mins. Director Peter Berg

Patriots Day is available on Blu-ray, DVD & On Demand from Lionsgate.