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1 h 58 min201718+
A victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 helps the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma.
Directors
David Gordon Green
Starring
Jake GyllenhaalTatiana MaslanyMiranda Richardson
Genres
Drama
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Supporting actors
Clancy Brown
Producers
Jake GyllenhaalDavid HobermanTodd LiebermanMichel LitvakScott Silver
Studio
Roadside Attractions
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4.4 out of 5 stars

525 global ratings

  1. 64% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 21% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 12% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 1% of reviews have 1 stars
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StephenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 June 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great directing and performances wrapped up in an average move full of unlikeable characters...
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It pains me to say that this isn't as good as the Mark Whalberg Patriots Day movie... and I was sure it was going to be much better after seeing the trailer. Personally, I'm a huge Jake Gyllenhaal fan, I think he is one of the great actors of his generation, however, even his performance (which is superb) doesn't save this picture.

My biggest problem with this film was the pace (which is quite slow the majority of the time) and the fact that the characters aren't really likeable (well except Erin, expertly performed by Tatiana Maslany). Don't get me wrong, I really feel for the guy and I know he must have gone through the most horrific time (which no-one deserves) but he doesn't come across as a very likeable individual (which is an incredibly harsh thing to say when I've never met the guy, but that's just how I was left feeling). Also, his family come across as awful people... I saw one reviewer state that the Adam's family seem nicer!

My wife has a test with movies of this ilk, which she refers to as 'the cry test'... if it doesn't pass the cry test then it's no good in her view. Not only did it not pass the cry test, but it almost achieved the 'fall asleep test'!

I will finish this opinionated review by pointing out the obvious - mine is a subjective view and I would certainly recommend that people give this movie a shot, I just wouldn't recommend purchasing it as, in my view, it's not worth repeat viewings. Also, even though I didn't enjoy the movie, my heart does go out to Jeff Bauman (and all others who suffered at the hands of the terrorists) as they must have gone through unthinkable pain and I would like to think they're not as bad as they come across!
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Peppy HornsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Th emotional toll of becoming a State symbol by virtue of surving a tragedy!
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While the story could be considered cliché – we follow a man caught in the middle of a tragedy struggling with the road to recovery - this is a human story that draws you in. The intimacy of the struggles of a selfish and immature character (Gyllenhaal) somehow held together by his high octane often insensitive but bonded family made me feel oddly voyeuristic every now and then. What I did find very powerful is the emotional toll – and indeed the burden - of being celebrated as a State symbol of hope simply by virtue of having survived! The casting of the two contrasting women in his life, the quiet but indomitable on-off girlfriend (Maslany) and the hard-drinking mother (Miranda Richardson) is excellent and they will have had some acting fun playing off each other. All in all, worth an evening in!
cedricReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 November 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great story
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Survival story of a victim in a crowd of many spectators in a Marathon race . The story was true and well acted and I could feel the pain of recovery. in Hospital and then going home to face more challenges trying to walk again , coping with family, girlfriend , fame , grief. Its a great movie told with sympathy and honesty.
Steven GodwinReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 April 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
... at Cineworld and I must say it was a sad and brilliant film the actors deserve all the credit
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I went to see this film twice at Cineworld and I must say it was a sad and brilliant film the actors deserve all the credit. I highly recommend this film if you haven't see it please do the struggles of man who has his whole life shattered and he has big doubts but in the end he comes throw it and just a truly outstanding film :)
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NickBReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 July 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
You feel you have been on a journey!
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Very strong drama, seen a few documentaries and films regarding the Boston bombings, but this is all from one view point, Very well acted hard to watch in parts but you did feel the real journey it went on. If it's a hard hitting true drama you want to watch you will not be disappointed.
2 people found this helpful
NotYourAmelieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 September 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Both the main actors are incredibly talented at their craft ...
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Both the main actors are incredibly talented at their craft, and I appreciate their raw retelling in this film. However, it would have been even more impactful had the casting people chosen an actually disabled actor. I appreciate the well known faces sell, but in this instance especially it would have been far more brave and would have made even more of a statement.
AmazonianReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 February 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
realistic and inspirational
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acting is great - it's not not your usual cheesy or overly patriotic biopic as the film isn't afraid to show the weak, dark or annoying sides of the protagonist, which makes his strength shine even more
rachel bradburyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 August 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent, moving film about the struggle to endure life changing injuries
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Very moving Film. Wasn't quite what I expected, as it focuses on the leads struggle to cope with the changes his injuries to his life for the majority of the movie rather than the investigation into the Bombings. Jake Gyllenhall is excellent throughout and moved me to tears.
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