Viewed – 12 August 2017 Online rental
I don’t think it can be argued, that we live in scary times. That also can’t be argued for world history either, but in our modern society, it’s still difficult to accept that such atrocities like 9/11 are even possible. Aren’t we supposed to be more sophisticated than that? Apparently not and one such terror incident, the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing is another example of senseless violence in the name of extremist viewpoints and hate. This latest from acclaimed director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon) once again stars his go-to actor Mark Wahlberg as a demoted Police officer on security detail at said marathon when a series of bombs are detonated.
Wahlberg is probably one of the most likable and watchable A-list stars around and I for one enjoy his performances even if he’s not really going to give say, Tom Hanks cause for concern. He’s the ideal everyman and well cast in this ensemble piece that gives us several characters to latch onto as events unfold (with appearances from Kevin Bacon, John Goodman and Michelle Monaghan). Berg’s direction is slick and gritty, offering up a mix of traditional and hand-held camera work for added intensity, a pounding score and an unflinching eye for detail and tense moments. The scene in the car involving a Chinese guy and a terrorist is particularly unbearable. The movie itself is eye-opening to what went on and how things played out was fascinating, occasionally shocking and well… humbling.
I’ll never understand the evil that people can inflict on society in the name of their beliefs and it’s something that seemingly has no end or answer. This was a suitably harrowing watch at times, even if it fails to have anything new to say (leaving the terrorists motives under-explored) … but in our current times, I’d still recommend this.
Verdict: 3.5 /5