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Former Boston police head says 'Patriots Day' gets it right

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/19/2016 By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press
FILE - In this April 18, 2016 file photo, actor Mark Wahlberg, center left, dressed as a Boston Police officer, watches runners cross the finish line as he films a scene for the "Patriot's Day" movie at the 120th Boston Marathon in Boston. Wahlberg's movie about the bombings during the 2013 Boston Marathon premiers in limited release on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, before a nationwide release on Jan. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 18, 2016 file photo, actor Mark Wahlberg, center left, dressed as a Boston Police officer, watches runners cross the finish line as he films a scene for the "Patriot's Day" movie at the 120th Boston Marathon in Boston. Wahlberg's movie about the bombings during the 2013 Boston Marathon premiers in limited release on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, before a nationwide release on Jan. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

BOSTON (AP) — For Jessica Kensky, seeing the new Mark Wahlberg movie about the Boston Marathon bombing was deeply personal.

FILE - In this April 18, 2016 file photo, actor Mark Wahlberg, dressed as a Boston Police officer, films a scene for the "Patriot's Day" movie during the 120th Boston Marathon in Boston. Wahlberg's movie about the bombings during the 2013 Boston Marathon premiers in limited release on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, before a nationwide release on Jan. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 18, 2016 file photo, actor Mark Wahlberg, dressed as a Boston Police officer, films a scene for the "Patriot's Day" movie during the 120th Boston Marathon in Boston. Wahlberg's movie about the bombings during the 2013 Boston Marathon premiers in limited release on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, before a nationwide release on Jan. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

She and her husband, Patrick Downes, both lost their left legs below the knee in the 2013 bombing. Almost two years later, Kensky chose to have her right leg amputated because of excruciating pain caused by severe injuries she suffered in the bombing.

In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, actor Mark Wahlberg, right, embraces Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jessica Kensky in Boston after a press availability for "Patriots Day," a movie based on the bombing. Wahlberg's movie about the bombings during the 2013 Boston Marathon premiers in limited release on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, before a nationwide release on Jan. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) © The Associated Press In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, actor Mark Wahlberg, right, embraces Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jessica Kensky in Boston after a press availability for "Patriots Day," a movie based on the bombing. Wahlberg's movie about the bombings during the 2013 Boston Marathon premiers in limited release on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, before a nationwide release on Jan. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

So when it came time to publicly express her feelings about the movie "Patriots Day," Kensky chose her words carefully.

In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, actor Mark Wahlberg, rear, listens as Boston Police commissioner Billy Evans addresses reporters during a press availability in advance of a movie based on the Boston Marathon bombing in Boston. As the city prepares for Wednesday's premier of "Patriots Day," Wahlberg's much-hyped docudrama, survivors are feeling many things. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) © The Associated Press In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, actor Mark Wahlberg, rear, listens as Boston Police commissioner Billy Evans addresses reporters during a press availability in advance of a movie based on the Boston Marathon bombing in Boston. As the city prepares for Wednesday's premier of "Patriots Day," Wahlberg's much-hyped docudrama, survivors are feeling many things. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

She said she and her husband were initially reluctant to be involved in the film, but after seeing the movie during a special screening in Boston last week, she believes Wahlberg and director Peter Berg treated the victims and their stories with respect. But she said the question of whether the filmmakers "got it right" was one that's impossible for her and other survivors to answer.

In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, Boston Marathon bombing survivors Patrick Downes, left, and his wife Jessica Kensky address reporters in Boston, during a press availability for "Patriots Day," a movie based on the bombing. The film, starring Mark Wahlberg, and directed by Peter Berg, was screened Wednesday for survivors and others involved in the 2013 attack. The film opens nationwide on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) © The Associated Press In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, Boston Marathon bombing survivors Patrick Downes, left, and his wife Jessica Kensky address reporters in Boston, during a press availability for "Patriots Day," a movie based on the bombing. The film, starring Mark Wahlberg, and directed by Peter Berg, was screened Wednesday for survivors and others involved in the 2013 attack. The film opens nationwide on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

"It can feel OK, they can feel respected, they can feel proud and happy it was done, but 'right' is so hard because what happened to us was just anything but right," she said.

In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, actor Mark Wahlberg addresses reporters during a press availability for "Patriots Day," a movie based on the Boston Marathon bombing in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. Wahlberg's movie about the bombings during the 2013 Boston Marathon premiers in limited release on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, before a nationwide release on Jan. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) © The Associated Press In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, actor Mark Wahlberg addresses reporters during a press availability for "Patriots Day," a movie based on the Boston Marathon bombing in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. Wahlberg's movie about the bombings during the 2013 Boston Marathon premiers in limited release on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, before a nationwide release on Jan. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

"Patriots Day" is set to open Wednesday in theaters in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, and Jan. 13 nationwide. The movie's title refers to Patriots' Day, the day the Boston Marathon is run, a state holiday commemorating the battles of Lexington and Concord during the American Revolutionary War.

In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Patrick Downes, standing, shakes hands with Richard DesLauriers, former FBI agent-in-charge of the Boston bureau, prior to a press availability in advance of a movie based on the bombing in Boston. As the city prepares for Wednesday's premier of "Patriots Day," Wahlberg's much-hyped docudrama, survivors are feeling many things. At left are Dun Meng, who was carjacked by the bombers, and Watertown Police Sgt. Jeff Pugliese. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) © The Associated Press In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Patrick Downes, standing, shakes hands with Richard DesLauriers, former FBI agent-in-charge of the Boston bureau, prior to a press availability in advance of a movie based on the bombing in Boston. As the city prepares for Wednesday's premier of "Patriots Day," Wahlberg's much-hyped docudrama, survivors are feeling many things. At left are Dun Meng, who was carjacked by the bombers, and Watertown Police Sgt. Jeff Pugliese. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Some of the key characters in the movie who saw the film last week said they were anxious about it accurately capturing the devastation of the twin bombings near the finish line of the marathon. The explosions killed three people and injured more than 260, including nearly two dozen people who lost limbs.

In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, Boston Police Commissioner Billy Evans listens to a question during a press availability in advance of a movie based on the Boston Marathon bombing in Boston. As the city prepares for Wednesday's premier of "Patriots Day," Wahlberg's much-hyped docudrama, survivors are feeling many things. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) © The Associated Press In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, Boston Police Commissioner Billy Evans listens to a question during a press availability in advance of a movie based on the Boston Marathon bombing in Boston. As the city prepares for Wednesday's premier of "Patriots Day," Wahlberg's much-hyped docudrama, survivors are feeling many things. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Wahlberg and director Peter Berg took pains to show how many law enforcement agencies cooperated to find the bombers, and they also managed to capture the emotional toll the attack took on police and everyone else affected by the bombings, said former Police Commissioner Ed Davis, who helped lead the investigation.

In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, Richard DesLauriers, former FBI agent-in-charge of the Boston bureau, listens to a question during a press availability in advance of a movie based on the Boston Marathon bombing in Boston. As the city prepares for Wednesday's premier of "Patriots Day," Mark Wahlberg's much-hyped docudrama, survivors are feeling many things. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) © The Associated Press In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, Richard DesLauriers, former FBI agent-in-charge of the Boston bureau, listens to a question during a press availability in advance of a movie based on the Boston Marathon bombing in Boston. As the city prepares for Wednesday's premier of "Patriots Day," Mark Wahlberg's much-hyped docudrama, survivors are feeling many things. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

"Watching the movie, not only did they get it right ... but at the end of this, it was a cathartic experience for me," Davis said.

In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, Boston Marathon bomber victim Dun Meng, who was carjacked by the Tsarnaev brothers, listens to a question during a press availability in advance of a movie based on the bombing in Boston. As the city prepares for Wednesday's premier of "Patriots Day," Mark Wahlberg's much-hyped docudrama, survivors are feeling many things. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) © The Associated Press In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, Boston Marathon bomber victim Dun Meng, who was carjacked by the Tsarnaev brothers, listens to a question during a press availability in advance of a movie based on the bombing in Boston. As the city prepares for Wednesday's premier of "Patriots Day," Mark Wahlberg's much-hyped docudrama, survivors are feeling many things. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Wahlberg, a Boston native, said he was initially hesitant to make the film but came to feel a personal responsibility to his hometown to tell the story and tell it right. In the film, Wahlberg plays Sgt. Tommy Saunders, an amalgam of Boston police officers who were at the finish line when the bombs exploded and later helped find the bombers, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jessica Kensky listens to a question during a press availability in advance of a movie based on the bombing in Boston. Mark Wahlberg's movie about the bombings during the 2013 Boston Marathon premiers in limited release on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, before a nationwide release on Jan. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) © The Associated Press In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jessica Kensky listens to a question during a press availability in advance of a movie based on the bombing in Boston. Mark Wahlberg's movie about the bombings during the 2013 Boston Marathon premiers in limited release on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, before a nationwide release on Jan. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The movie depicts the carnage caused by the bombing: the bloodied victims, the severed limbs, the anguished screams, a police officer standing guard over the covered body of 8-year-old Martin Richard, the youngest casualty.

It also shows the city's response: strangers tying tourniquets around the injured, doctors and nurses racing around emergency rooms to save severely injured people, people lining the streets and applauding police after the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The film focuses heavily on the intense manhunt for the Tsarnaevs and the resilience that came to be known as "Boston Strong."

"I'm so proud of my community as a whole and the way they responded," Wahlberg said at a news conference Thursday in Boston.

Kensky said one of the most difficult things for her and some other survivors was seeing the Tsarnaev brothers portrayed in the movie. Tamerlan was killed during the shootout with police; Dzhokhar was sentenced to death and is appealing.

Another movie about the bombings — starring Jake Gyllenhaal as survivor Jeff Bauman — is slated for release next year.

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