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15. April 2013 - Although many thousands of people have once again gathered in town to take part in the Boston Marathon or to cheer on the runners along the route, Police Sergeant Tony Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) and his colleagues are expecting a quiet, peaceful event this year as well. But suddenly two explosive devices explode on the home straight, killing three people and injuring over 200 others. The whole city is in shock, but there is no time for the police and FBI investigators to mourn the victims. You have to find the assassins before they can disappear. And soon they have a hot trail - a race against time begins…
With "Boston" director Peter Berg has once again filmed a material based on true events with Mark Wahlberg in the leading role after "Deepwater Horizon" and "Lone Survivor". The hunt for the assassins of the Boston Marathon dominated the news here in April 2013. The events are still quite fresh and present. To process it cinematically therefore also entails a certain risk. But Berg has mastered this amazingly well. He is too fat in some dialogue scenes, fortunately waving the patriotic flag a bit too vehemently in only a few moments and draws some characters a little bit too one-dimensional. Apart from that, however, he has succeeded in creating a really gripping thriller, which fortunately doesn't deal with the terrible events in a striking way.
So, for example, the actual assassination attempt has been implemented in an oppressively realistic manner. Berg renounces all too sensational moments, but shows in relentless cruelty what such a cowardly assassination can do. Even better, however, he traces what this causes in the people involved, especially in the policemen who witnessed the horror and now do everything in their power to find those responsible and bring them to justice - whatever one may understand by it. The good craftsmanship, the very authentic recounting of the events in some scenes and the convincing cast of actors, to which besides Wahlberg also Kevin Bacon or J.K. Simmons belong, make this movie work very well despite some minor weaknesses.
"Boston" is therefore first and foremost a very exciting thriller, which - although the outcome should be known to everyone - is staged thrillingly until the last minute. If you can overlook a few moments that are a bit too thick, you will get some really exciting and well-played food, which is only a bit hard to swallow at times. That's what it's all about: Absolutely worth seeing!
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