READ: Hollywood Goes PC on Patriots Day
Hollywood Goes PC on Patriots Day
Over the Christmas break I went to see Patriots Day starring Mark Wahlberg. The film is supposed to be about the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing. Mark Wahlberg vowed that the movie would be a factual, accurate depiction of that day’s horrific events, and the heroism of the first responders. Instead, Marky Mark plays a stereotypical drunken Irish cop from Boston. Swinging back beers before a shift, and while people bleed out on the streets of Boylston, he enters a bar and starts belting back Jameson.
This movie is disappointing. My thoughts going in was that the move would be a story within a story—similar to the film, Pearl Harbor. I previously defended Patriots Day, believing it would portray the bravery and courage of the first responders. What I wanted to see was the back story: the emotions and struggles of family members, victims, nurses, cops, EMTs, and witnesses who did everything they could to grapple with the horrendous bloodshed of that fateful day.
The movie, however, focuses almost exclusively on Marky Mark's fictional character. Cops are portrayed as bumbling drunks; FBI agents are depicted as more professional and competent than Boston Police. Very little is mentioned of the FBI having repeatedly dropped the ball on Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Islamist connections. The film though does concede the FBI was reluctant to call the Marathon bombing an "act of terror."
It portrays Dzhokhar Tsarnaev—aka, "flash bang"—as a sort of victim, a manipulated tool of his older, more diabolical brother who brainwashed him into carrying out the terror attack. The terrorists are depicted not as evil but as misunderstood.
In other words, it’s your typical Hollywood politically correct film. Don't see it.
-Brittany Jennings is the executive producer of “The Kuhner Report” on WRKO AM-680 in Boston.