Boston Strong: Remembering The Marathon Tragedy Through Film


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Mark Wahlberg as Tommy Saunders at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in the film “Patriot’s Day”

As the Boston Marathon nears, it is important for the community to remember the lives lost from the tragic marathon bombing.

As students of Hopkinton, the Boston Marathon tragedy is an event that we should all take time to remember the lives that were lost and how a community gathered together to stay strong and supportive of each other.

The movie “Patriots Day” is a great film depicting the tragedy of the event and the power of a community joining together for support.

The movie is a dramatic retelling of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the subsequent investigation and manhunt for the perpetrators. Directed by Peter Berg and starring Massachusetts native Mark Wahlberg, the film offers a harrowing and emotional look at the events that shook the city and the country.

The film opens with scenes from the Boston Marathon, showing the joy and excitement of the crowds and the runners before the tragedy strikes. The opening track, “Every Day Is Exactly the Same,” sets the tone for the film with its haunting melody and repetitive, almost hypnotic beat.

From there, the soundtrack moves seamlessly between moments of intense action and quieter, more contemplative scenes.

The “Patriots Day” soundtrack is a powerful and evocative accompaniment to the film’s tense and emotional story. Composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, the soundtrack captures the mood of the film, from the excitement and energy of the Boston Marathon to the somber and reflective moments following the bombing.

The bombing is depicted realistically and graphically, with the film not shying away from the violence and chaos of the moment. From there, the film follows the investigation as law enforcement officials work to piece together the events and identify the suspects.

Wahlberg plays a composite character, Sgt. Tommy Saunders is involved in every stage of the investigation, from the initial response to the bombing to the final shootout with the suspects.

While the film focuses primarily on the investigation and manhunt, it also takes time to highlight the human stories behind the tragedy. We see the impact of the bombing on the victims and their families, as well as the bravery and dedication of the first responders who risked their lives to save others.

One of the strengths of the film is its use of real-life footage and interviews with those involved in the events. This adds a level of authenticity to the film and helps to ground the story in reality. The filmmakers also consulted with many of the real-life figures depicted in the film, ensuring that the events are portrayed as accurately as possible.

While the film does an excellent job of capturing the drama and tension of the manhunt, it does suffer from a certain level of predictability. Viewers familiar with the events may find themselves anticipating certain moments in the film, and some of the dialogue can be a bit heavy-handed, however, despite this, the film is still entertaining.

The film ends with a gentle piano melody and soaring strings that provide a sense of hope and closure, a fitting tribute to the resilience of the people of Boston in the wake of the tragedy.

“Patriots Day” is a powerful and emotional film that pays homage to the bravery of the people of Boston in the face of tragedy. It is a film that all Hopkinton residents should familiarize themselves with, given that the Boston marathon starts in our hometown.