There seem to be a lot of negative reviews for this movie because of an apparent mis-telling of the story or true story or hoax or whatever else people have said. As I’m not American, and have very little to do with American events (so hence have no context as to the truth or hoax or conspiracy or whatever of the Boston Marathon) I shall just stick to reviewing the movie for what it is: a movie.
As a movie, they did a great job pulling it together. Mark Wahlberg plays his character perfectly. I have no idea if thats because of his acting ability, or if its more the fact that someone has yet again created a character that fits Mark Wahlberg to perfection. To be honest, it’s probably the latter. Because of that, if you liked Deep Water Horizon then you’ll probably like this because his acting is the same in both (which works fine because it’s similar type of emotion and adrenaline you’d expect from both situations).
The character spread was also well done. You got to see the impacting/impacted characters early on and had a nice transition between their development as the movie progressed.
My only reservation about the film is that it pretty much gives you no explanation as to why the bombing even happened. Sure, it’s easy for people to shout that it was terrorism or a hate crime, or done by hateful people, but that isn’t an explanation. It might be true, but it’s not an explanation, it’s blatant ignorance which the world can no longer afford. This film could have benefited so much from shedding some light on the bombers motivation!!! To be honest, they were actually the one part that let this film down, Their storyline was wasted on surface level personality development and retracing of their steps throughout the event. Instead, the film should have used that time to instead show their motivation to commit the acts. This would have deepened their storyline and given the movie as a whole, a much richer and more stimulating story. In saying that, Themo Melikidze did a great job of making a believable character out of the little depth he was given.
All in all this was a good film, however, it does lack the depth and backbone necessary for a second viewing.
Review by nfirthpanetta