Fifth about The Seventh

Patriots Day

Patriots Day: Peter Berg comes up with a very run-of-the-mill, shallow procedural to tell this real story; the events are chronicled with some efficiency (but needlessly augmented at times), but the cardboard characters don’t help matters, and neither does the lack of tension throughout most of it. The memory of the horrific events, not the film itself, is what drives emotions here. It is a large and interesting cast that shows up here, and they are all capably (but far from spectacularly) playing the one-note screenplay they are given. The jittery camerawork of Tobias A. Schliessler and the hyper-active editing of Gabriel Fleming and Colby Parker Jr. aim to create a sense of being close to the action, but they just create some confusion and unpleasantness.

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