HomeMoviesBoston – Manhunt: the cast and the true story behind the film

Boston – Manhunt: the cast and the true story behind the film

Boston – Manhunt: the cast and the true story behind the film

boston manhunt movie

Considered one of the great evils of our time, terrorism is a widespread global problem, which never ceases to generate fear and stories through which we can reflect on it with a clearer gaze. Among the most recent and popular among these is Boston – Manhunt2016 film focused on the notorious Boston Marathon bombing, which took place on April 15, 2013. Directed by Peter Bergauthor of action titles such as Deepwater – Hell on the ocean And Lone Survivorthis traces the traumatic event and its consequences from the point of view of the agents who dealt with the case.

However, the film is not only inspired by the event itself, but also what is narrated in the book is suitable for the big screen Boston Strongpublished in 2015 by Casey Sherman together with the reporter Dave Wedge. In this, what happened is retraced in the form of an investigation, trying to give answers to questions about the objectives of the attackers. With the shooting of the film taking place in New York, Boston and Los Angeles, the film thus set out to give life to an exciting story, delivering a reflection on the attack and its deeper implications to popular judgment.

Well received by critics, who particularly praised the direction and the interpretations of the protagonists, the film finally arrived in theaters, where, however, it did not achieve the desired success. With a budget of $45 million, Boston – Manhunt, in fact he managed to collect just 52 of them all over the world. If you are looking for a good action film, which also tells a particularly touching story, this is the right film, worthy of being rediscovered. Continuing here in the reading, in particular, it will be possible to discover all the main curiosities thanks to which it will be possible to enrich one’s vision.

Boston – Manhunt: the plot of the movie

The story begins on the fateful April 15, 2013, during the Boston Marathon, the oldest sporting event in the United States, which suddenly turns into hell. On site is Sgt Tommy Saunders, a good but too short-tempered policeman, who was assigned to the security service at the finish line of the marathon due to a disciplinary sanction. However, the party is interrupted by a series of explosions along the finish line on Boylston Street. Along with other agents, Saunders is to give life to one of the largest manhunts ever seen in the history of the country. Using the video recordings of the cameras of nearby public places, he manages to identify the two attackers, who however must now be traced and stopped. His life thus becomes a race against time in a city in a state of shock.

Boston – Manhunt: the cast of the film

The protagonist of the film is the character of Sergeant Tommy Saunders. This is not a real Boston policeman, but the sum of several agents who actually took part in the event. To play it, the actor Mark Wahlberg he was immediately the first candidate. The actor, however, was initially not in favor of making a film about such a traumatic and recent event. However, he was convinced after reading the completed script, realizing how the character of Saunders was perfect for him. To prepare, the actor underwent a period of intensive training as usual, in order to obtain the physique necessary for the part. The actress also appears in the film Michelle Monaghan as Carol Saunders, wife of the protagonist.

Kevin Bacon instead it is Special Agent Richard DesLauriers, who will work closely with Saunders. The actor John Goodman, however, is Ed Davis, real policeman of the city of Boston. The Oscar winner is also found JK Simmons as Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese. In the role of the two bombers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the actors Alex Wolff And Themo Melikidze. The actress Melissa Benoistknown today for being the protagonist of Supergirl, had initially applied for the role of Jessica Kensy, only to later get the part of Katherine Russell, Tsarnaev’s widow. To interpret Kensy, one of the people who were seriously injured by the attack is there instead Rachel Brosnahannote for the series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Boston - Manhunt cast

Boston – Manhunt: the true story behind the film

As already mentioned, the film Boston – Manhunt tells of the real attack during the marathon on April 15, 2013. With the city blocked for the traditional event, large numbers of people poured into the streets to watch the athletes pass. As they approach the finish line, two bombs explode at a distance of about 170 meters each, killing 3 people and causing about 264 injuries. The two bombs were later identified as two pressure cookers filled with explosives, nails, and pieces of iron. They were placed by two Chechen brothers named Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Of Muslim religion, these accused the United States of having waged a real war against Islam, and with their gesture they wanted to respond to what they considered a military and political harassment.

Panic broke out, it was initially difficult to trace the culprits of that disaster. In the following days, however, thanks to some testimonies, such as that of Jeff Bauman, whose story is told in stronger, the two are identified. Thus begins a manhunt that further blocks the entire city. Tracked down by the police, the two bombers start a fire fight during which Tamerlan lost his life. The brother managed to hide for a few more hours, only to be found and arrested later. He was later sentenced to capital punishment on May 15, 2015, after a long trial. On July 31, 2020, however, the sentence was re-evaluated with the establishment of a new trial. Even with the bombers stopped and brought to justice, the drama of that event still remains an open wound in US society.

Boston – Manhunt: the trailer and how to watch the movie in streaming on Netflix or elsewhere

For fans of the film it is possible to enjoy this thanks to its presence on some of the most popular streaming platforms on the net today. Boston – Manhunt it is in fact available in the catalog of Rakuten TV, Chili Cinema, Google Play, Tim Vision, Amazon Prime Videos and Netflix. On the latter platform the title is currently located 6th place in the Top 10 of the most viewed films in Italy. To see it, just subscribe to a general subscription or rent the single film. In this way you will be able to watch it in total comfort and at the best video quality. It should be noted that in the case of a rental, you only have a certain period of time within which to see the title.

Source: IMDb, HistoryvsHollywood