This movie is fucking disgusting. The first half uses real-life suffering to score some cheap sentimental points at the end. The movie doesn't spend enough time with any of the victims to make them actual characters; they are just victims. The second half goes out of its way to endorse the most terrifying aspect of the bombings: the complete shut down of an American city and it being overtaken by the security state. Seeing that still chills me to the bone, especially now that Donald Trump will be in command of those substantial resources. The bombing was evil, no doubt, but the measures that were taken to hunt the Tsarnaevs are truly terrifying. The movie basically asks us to cheer for the erosion of our civil liberties, even if it does pay some lip-service to how crazy this situation is. The fact that someone in my audience audibly decried Dzhokhar getting his legal right to an appeal made me even more frightened. The movie ends with a whole bunch of bullshit about how strong Boston/America is, but it basically endorses tearing everything unique about America down so we can HUNT THE TERRORISTS!!!!
Also, someone needs to have an intervention for Mark Wahlberg and his desire to insert himself into real life tragedies. I know he thinks he could have stopped 9/11 and all, but it is getting increasingly gross. At least Deepwater Horizon had the excuse of telling the story of the guys who were mostly forgotten in the wake of that disaster; this movie adds no extra understanding to the tragedy. It simply exploits tragedy for financial/awards gain, while also endorsing a police state.
All of that being said, Berg's technical prowess is impressive. The shootout in Watertown is very well staged - it's just all in service of a piece of shit.