Film Review – PATRIOTS DAY (2016)

Image result for patriots day blu-rayPatriots Day (2016; USA; Colour; 133m) ∗∗∗½  d. Peter Berg; w. Peter Berg, Matt Cook, Joshua Zetumer, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson; ph. Tobias A. Schliessler; m. Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross.  Cast: Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan, Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Wolff, Melissa Benoist, Michael Beach, Khandi Alexander, Erica McDermott, Lana Condor, Dean Neistat, Vincent Curatola, John Enos III. The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible. Stirring and heartfelt recounting of the events, authentically recreated and only occasionally does the script lapse into genre conventions. Performances are strong and the inclusion of real footage into the mix brings home the horror of the bombings and their aftermath. Touching scenes at the end of the film capture interviews with real victims and police officers. [15]

Film Review – DEEPWATER HORIZON (2016)

Image result for deepwater horizon blu-rayDeepwater Horizon (2016; USA; Colour; 108m) ∗∗∗½  d. Peter Berg; w. Matthew Sand, Matthew Carnahan; ph. Enrique Chediak; m. Steve Jablonsky.  Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, John Malkovich, Dylan O’Brien, Gina Rodriguez, Ethan Suplee, Brad Leland, J.D. Evermore, Joe Chrest, Chris Ashworth, Jeremy Sande, Stella Allen, Michael D. Anglin, Ilan Srulovicz, Graham McGinnis, James DuMont, Douglas M. Griffin, David Maldonado. A dramatization of the April 2010 disaster when the offshore drilling rig, Deepwater Horizon, exploded and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Efficiently made disaster thriller. Despite occasional Hollywood-isation of events, it produces a thrilling second half. Wahlberg and Russell are excellent as are the effects and authentic production design. [12]