The true story of the 2013 Boston marathon bombings and subsequent man hunt is an accomplished film with some powerful scenes. Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg team up for the third time, after Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon, for another based on fact American disaster film. Each time they have improved on their previous effort.
Wahlberg plays an amalgam of three real officers, allowing him to be the Everyman that shepherds us through the events, by being everywhere during the investigation, whilst actors such as Kevin Bacon, John Goodman and J.K. Simmons play real life people involved in the man hunt.
Taking us through the lead up to the event we are introduced to a number of different characters, including the bombers, various law enforcement and victims. It effectively invests you into the well-being of a number of different people resulting in the bombing scenes becoming more impactful. There are some key scenes that really hit home, the aftermath of the explosions and an interrogation scene in particular stay with you.
American Jingoism marred Lone Survivor for me to a huge extent, but as with Deepwater Horizon, Berg has managed to tone it down enough and ground it in real people’s stories in such a way that it was much less noticeable here. As a result the film is so much more enjoyable and worth your time.