Blu-ray Review “Patriot’s Day

Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan
Directors: Peter Berg
Rated: R
Studio: Lionsgate
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Run Time: 133 minutes

Film: 3 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars

Patriot’s Day” featured the teaming up (AGAIN) of Mark Walhberg and director Peter Berg. There first team up was “Lone Survivor”, which had great success…but followed up by “Deepwater Horizon”, which was not. This film really didn’t draw any interest at all to see it despite the cast and director and hence was a big disappointment the box office. I remember the events that the film showcases here and did I think it would benefit from a dramatic movie? No. Is the movie terrible? No. But not something that I am going to re=watch probably ever again.

Official Premise: In the aftermath of an unspeakable attack, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. 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) 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.

The 1080p transfer looks solid. Director Berg knows how to use scale in his films to make them seem grander and this one looks big. The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 also delivers the action perfectly. I would be interested to see how the 4K presentation steps up this Blu-ray. The special features are worth checking out made mostly of featurettes. “Boston Strong: True Stories of Courage Vignettes” feels like a TV special on the events. “The Boston Bond: Recounting the Tale” has a generic EPK feel with interviews, with included within “The Cast Remembers”. Lastly, “Actors Meet Real-Life Counterparts: A 2-Part Series” brings the cast together with real-life people.

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