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"PATRIOTS DAY"
(2017) (Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon) (R)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Extreme
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Moderate
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking Mild
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: Various law enforcement figures and others contend with the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings and the subsequent hunt for the suspects.
PLOT:
It's April 2013 and Boston police detective Tommy Saunders (MARK WAHLBERG) is nearing the end of his work suspension, and one last assignment is that he'll have to man the Boston Marathon in a security role. After saying goodbye to his wife, Carol (MICHELL MONAGHAN), he heads downtown for the event, as do a number of other people. That includes married couple Patrick Downes (CHRISTOPHER O'SHEA) and Jessica Kensky (RACHEL BROSNAHAN) who have the day off; Steve Woolfenden (DUSTIN TUCKER) and his toddler son; and police superintendent Billy Evans (JAMES COLBY) who's running in the race.

Little do they know that siblings Tamerlan Tsarnaev (THEMO MELIKIDZE) and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (ALEX WOLFF) have become radicalized and created several pressure cooker bombs they're going to use in a terrorist event at the finish line of the race. When those go off, Tommy springs into action as do others, tending to the wounded. It's not long before the rest of the authorities arrive, including police commissioner Ed Davis (JOHN GOODMAN); Governor Deval Patrick (MICHAEL BEACH); and FBI special agent Richard DesLauriers (KEVIN BACON) who determines the act was indeed terrorism-related.

As they set up a task force center and start sorting through the evidence and surveillance footage from cameras located near the event, others elsewhere don't realize how their lives are going to be affected. That includes M.I.T. police officer Sean Collier (JAKE PICKING) who's sweet on one of the students there, Li (LANA CONDOR); Dun Meng (JIMMY O. YANG) who ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time; and Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. SIMMONS) of the nearby Watertown Police Department who eventually finds his locale the center point of the manhunt for the two suspects.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older teens might be if the true life story draws them in and/or if they're fans of anyone in the cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For violence, realistically graphic injury images, language throughout and some drug use.


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