This is a very well made and well directed film. The thing I like the most is how they keep the pace up, most directors would have made this a 2 hour plus movie but Berg streamlined it and it really helps with the tension and the sheer fear of the situation. This easily could have been a disaster movie and in a way it is but it’s grounded with the characters and most of them are pretty well fleshed out, they’re not walking cliches except for the evil rich business men of course.
In another successful collaborative effort between Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg, Deepwater Horizon, much like Patriot’s Day’s retelling of the Boston marathon bombing, is a dramatisation of a recent tragic real life event. This time focusing on the offshore drilling rig of the same name, the horrific explosion that occurred and the subsequent fiery oil spill which would go on to be the worst in U.S. history.
A tense, thrilling and at times moving re-creation of the 2013 Boston Marathon and the subsequent four day manhunt. Patriot’s Day from Peter Berg rather effectively weaves together the different perspectives of the victims and law enforcement officers involved, as well that of the two Tzarnaev brothers responsible for the hideous atrocities on that fateful day, into a single cohesive storyline.