Happily married to Carol (Michelle Monaghan), Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) is a bit of a loud mouth Boston police officer but he’s good at what he does and he gets the job done. He happens to be making good on some recent bad decisions so Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman) assigns him on duty to watch over the 117th Boston Marathon. The film sets up the character development loosely but enough to understand the characters victimized by the horrific bombing that day on the streets of Boston. Oddly but probably for the honor of the families the 3 victims, two women and one young 9 year old boy that were killed in the bombing were not portrayed but rather honored gracefully at the end of the film along with Officer Sean Collier (Jake Picking).
It’s Monday morning April 15, 2013 when the marathon begins at 9:46 am ET. Sitting at their home Tamerlan Tsarnaev (Themo Melikidze) and his younger brother Dzhokhar (Alex Wolff) are watching a video on making bombs as Tamerlan’s wife and child casually watch on as if a normal day for them all. Well it seems like a normal day for the people of Boston but it soon won’t be since the terrorists are planning to set off two bombs at the finish line of the marathon. Dun Meng (Jimmy O. Yang) is driving around in his Benz SUV chatting on his phone with his parents and trying aimlessly to pick up a girl at a Chinese restaurant. If you are not aware of all the people that were specifically involved in that day you will be after watching this story. Suddenly the bombs go off and everything is panic yet instead of people running away they ran to the wounded to help. That is the true spirit of the American people and as long as we hold on to that no terrorist can ever strip us of the love we have for our country and the people that live in it.
The Boston police are doing their best to maintain the situation that is until the FBI arrives led by Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon) who immediately sets up a local command post at Black Falcon Terminal. At first they did not know whether to officially label the incident as terrorism but after DesLauriers finds some clues he then knows right away it is and that now the nation will be involved. By 4:38 pm many wounded are in local hospitals and many of them were faced with no choice but to amputate limbs. As the agents search through victim’s cell phones and street camera footage with the help of Officer Saunders they find their men in the crowd and before FOX News releases the leaked photos of the men the FBI and the Governor decide to make the announcement first. Seen by the world, friends of the terrorists and by the terrorists themselves the two men know they have to leave town and decide to take their guns and bombs and head to New York to hit Times Square. In need of a gun for Dzhokhar they end up killing a young officer sitting in his patrol car then carjack Dun Meng and his SUV with plans to head to New York City but when Dun escapes in Watertown and calls the police life for Tamerlan comes to a grizzly shootout with pipe bombs and multiple weapons yet it was his younger brother that assisted in his death when he sped off in the SUV running his brother over in the process.
On April 19, 89 hours after the blast the entire city is shut down and Marshall Law has come into effect as the FBI, Boston police and Watertown police search for Dzhokhar who they believe is hiding out somewhere in the neighborhood after finding his stranded vehicle. Authorities interrogated the wife of “black hat” Tamerlan and find out that he was actually on the watch list but somehow slipped through. As the search for “white hat” Dzhokhar comes to a close, finding him hiding in a neighborhood boat the people of Boston and its suburbs come to the streets in celebration. Stay Strong Boston Stay Strong.
I wonder sometimes how and why Hollywood takes a horrific tragedy like the Boston Marathon or even 9/11 and makes a film for profit. Hopefully proceeds go to the families of the victims living and dead! In this case the story is directed phenomenally and written just as superb. There is a lot of bad language and the horrific scenes at the bombing are visually disturbing yet through it all it was a good thing to tell the story and make people aware of the American spirit, the love within our country and the brave job done by officials and regular people that were there that day. The film at the end has live interview segments with many of the actual victims and thankfully so honors the four that died during the attack on the people of Boston. The special effects are intense during the bombings and the shootout later as well as so many other moments throughout this story that pair two terrorists against the people of Boston and Watertown. There are many supporting actors, extras, live footage and time lapsed moments that will have you glued to the film but it is Wahlberg, Bacon and Goodman that help lead the audience down the road making you cheer them on and even cry at times. Either way this story will absolutely help you to believe in love and staying strong something we all need to do as this once quiet nation is about to get a whole lot noisier in this age of politics, religion and terrorism.