Patriots Day

Theatrical Release: January 13, 2017
DVD Release: March 28, 2017
Patriots Day


An account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’s actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it.

Dove Review

“Patriot’s Day” is a gripping and gut-wrenching movie that will move viewers and bring a tear to many eyes. It is based on the true events of the bombing at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Various key members are woven into the telling of the story. Instrumental and important police officials, governors, F.B.I. authorities, and those who were victims are the focus of this stirring film. The picture stars Mark Wahlberg as Tommy Saunders, an officer who is given the finish line area as his territory at the marathon, and John Goodman as Police Commissioner Ed Davis. The film briefly constructs the events leading up to the bombing, then focuses on responses to the events, along with the stories of several victims, in addition to the two bombers.

The movie does a good job in building up suspense as police and government officials immediately look at surveillance cameras and search for any suspicious suspects that day. It doesn’t take them long to zero in on “Black hat” and “White hat”, as the two main suspects. Interwoven into this search is a story of a wounded dad, separated from his young boy and taken to the hospital. We also see a husband and wife that are rushed to two different hospitals and both endure the tragedy of having legs amputated. The suspense builds when the two suspects are identified and the search to find them rapidly escalates. The bombers kidnap a young Chinese man and continue their plan for more bombings, until the young man escapes and helps police in their attempt to find the suspects, and as fast as possible. When officers converge on the two on a side street, an exchange of gunfire, as well as the releasing of more bombs, makes for gripping action.

Real-life footage from the events of the film is incorporated seamlessly into the movie. This includes one victim, with an artificial leg, finishing the marathon sometime later and being embraced by his wife. It also features “Big Papi” David Ortiz of the Red Sox giving the Boston fans a pep talk at Fenway Park in Boston. Unfortunately, there is a lot of strong and harsh language in the film, including multiple uses of the “F” word, “GD”, “J” and “JC” as well as other profanities throughout the picture. Also, the graphic bloody scenes of the results of the bombings, including open leg wounds, and lots of blood, as well as bloody hospital scenes are featured and are not for the weak of stomach. There is also the use of drugs in the film. For these reasons, we are unable to award our Dove Family-Approved Seal to the movie.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A woman seen on top of her husband in bed; kissing by a few couples.
Language: A lot of language throughout the film including many, many uses of the "F-bomb", several uses of "GD", "J", "JC", "Holy C*rist" and "J F***ing Ch*ist"; as well as slang for testicles, a slang term involving female genitalia, and other strong language used continually throughout the movie.
Violence: A lot of violence including the explosions of bombs and very bloody wounds on faces, arms, stomachs, and legs which includes open wounds; blood on children; a pool of blood on the floor in a few scenes; a bloody corpse in a photo of a bomber; bombs released on police officers and a long exchange of gunfire; police officer is killed; people without legs; the noise of a saw used to amputate legs; a man is run over by a vehicle; tear gas is used to get a man to come out of a small boat which had tarp covering him.
Drugs: Drug use including the smoking of marijuana and a bong is seen being used; several drinking scenes including beer and wine; cigarette smoking.
Nudity: Shirtless men in several scenes; man in shorts; mild cleavage.
Other: The bombers believe they are doing right and a bomber's wife speaks about joining him in heaven; death, sorrow and great grief; people in shock; tension and arguments between various characters; a Muslim woman asks another woman, "You disrespect the prophet?"


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Peter Berg, Matt Cook, Joshua Zetumer
Director: Peter Berg
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 130 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter