“Patriot’s Day” at AFI Film Festival

On Thursday, November 17,  AFI Film Festival’s Closing Gala and film premiere of “Patriot’s Day” took place at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. “Patriot’s Day” is one of the best films that I have seen this year, with a stellar cast and outstanding directing by Peter Berg. The cast includes Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, J.K Simmons, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin Bacon, Jimmy O. Yang, James Colby and Michael Beach.

The film recounts the true story of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 13, 2013. The compelling story shows the Boston community’s courage and strength in the midst of a real-world disaster. The “Boston stands strong” mentality, as well as the community’s sense of dignity, respect and care, is an example to us all, in times of either peace or violence.

After a pressure-cooker bomb exploded during the marathon, killing three civilians and injuring 264 others, the heroic Bostonians, police and FBI agents worked together to execute a fast and efficient manhunt to locate the bombers before they could strike again. The Boston police and FBI made the Black Falcon terminal, an old warehouse in Boston’s waterfront area, their center of operations. FBI special agent Richard DesLauriers is played by Kevin Bacon and Boston police commissioner Ed Davis is played by John Goodman.

After the film, director Peterburg introduced the entire cast as well as the real life FBI agents, police commissioners and witnesses of the actual Boston Marathon bombing. At the after party, which was held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, I was able to meet most of the cast and take many photographs. I asked FBI special agent Richard DesLauriers how many times it took them to view the video that showed the terrorist seconds before the bombing. He told me it took about 500 times before they had an accurate and clear view of the bombing suspects.

“Patriot’s Day” is an amazing true story and spectacular film. A must see for everyone!

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