PATRIOTS DAY, directed by Peter Berg, is a drama based on the Boston Marathon bombing and manhunt. The film is primarily based on Casey Sherman’s and veteran Boston journalist Dave Wedge’s book “Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy,” as well as some footage from the CBS television program 60 Minutes.
Given the compelling subject matter of a community’s bravery in the face of terror, the film, like the book, is expected to present some compelling facts. Interviews and behind-the-scenes looks at the investigation have already been provided by the authors. So it would be interesting to see a film adaptation of the true story. The official synopsis for the film is as follows:
In the aftermath of a horrific attack, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) teams up with brave survivors, first responders, and investigators in a race against the clock to find the bombers before they strike again. This visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and celebrates the strength of the people of Boston by weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons), and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan).
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PATRIOTS DAY will have its world premiere at the AFI Fest on November 17, 2016, followed by a limited release in New York, Los Angeles, and Boston on December 21, 2016. However, it will be released in the United States and around the world on January 13, 2017.
Directed by: Peter Berg
Screenplay by: Peter Berg & Matt Cook and Joshua Zetumer
Story by: Peter Berg & Matt Cook and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
Produced by: Scott Stuber, Mark Wahlberg, Hutch Parker, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson, Dorothy Aufiero, and Michael Radutzky
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan, Alex Wolff, Themo Melikidze, James Colby, Michael Beach, Rachel Brosnahan, Christopher O’Shea, Jake Picking, Jimmy O. Yang, Vincent Curatola, Melissa Benoist, Khandi Alexander
Release date: January 13, 2017
Boston Marathon Bombing – April 15, 2013
Two pressure cooker bombs exploded during the 117th running of the Boston Marathon (April 15, 2013), one of the oldest marathon running events, killing three spectators and injuring 264 others. Three days after the incident, the FBI took over the investigation and released photographs and surveillance video of two suspects, who were later identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, and his elder brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. The latter was killed in a gunfight with police, while Dzhokhar was apprehended after an intense manhunt and confessed to being a radical Islamist with no ties to any terrorist organization. He was found guilty and sentenced to death by lethal injection on June 24, 2015.