On Wednesday evening, December 14, 2016, some of the members of the Buffalo Chips Running Club were given the opportunity to be included in the audience for a special premiere showing of the upcoming movie, Patriot’s Day, which is a dramatic retelling of the events surrounding the terrorist bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Directed by Peter Berg, and starring Mark Wahlberg, the film is yet to be released nationally, but when it is, I would very much recommend seeing it. Let me forewarn you, though, if you bring someone to watch it with you, make sure that it is someone who you don’t feel embarrassed crying in front of, because this film is very intense, both in a compassionate and visceral sense.
In some respects, it reminded me of something like the Titanic movie , where you already know how the story is going to end, but you find yourself being pulled into the tragic and human consequences of the story in ways where you just have to see what happens next. I will have to hand it to the director and writers of this film, because it moves deftly, and keeps the storyline compelling till the very final scenes. The timeline of the movie begins a day before the marathon and ends with the eventual capture of the two individuals who chose to place two metal, pressure-cookers, filled with BB’s and explosives, in the midst of the crowd at the finish line where they could do the most damage. This is not entertainment. If you want to be entertained, you might want to check out some other Christmas movie fare, because through this film the audience becomes witnesses to the events as they unfolded in the hours following the explosions and people that found their lives forever changed on that bright and sunny day in Boston.
Through the power of film, they have given us a story that depicts the terrible human tragedy of the bombing of the finish line at the marathon, and the violent conclusion to the perpetrators of that crime, but have done so in such a way as to undermine the terrorist act by the inescapable victory of the human spirit as witnessed in the acts of simple and spontaneous heroism surrounding this event. In the end, that is the real theme of this movie and the true story of the 2013 Boston Marathon.