Horror meets heroism in riveting film ‘Patriots Day’

By Tom Siebert

“Patriots Day” is a painful film to watch. And you can’t get through it with the assuring mantra “it’s only a movie.” Because it is not. It happened. This riveting docudrama recreates the horrific Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013 and the subsequent manhunt for the two terrorists who murdered four people, maimed many more, and injured hundreds. I had to remind myself that I was not watching a trailer for another mindless action film during the harrowing scene in which the terrorists blow up pursing police cruisers with pipe bombs that were intended for perhaps a far deadlier attack on New York City. “Patriots Day” humanizes and memorializes both the victims and heroes of a cataclysmic American tragedy. We should do all we can to prevent a sequel to this must-see movie.

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About Tom Siebert

Tom Siebert received a journalism degree from the University of Illinois and worked as a staff writer for newspapers in California, Florida, and Illinois. He reported general news, interviewed entertainment figures, and covered elected office holders––including four presidents and a pope. More significantly, Tom profiled human suffering in the form of a homeless man dying of AIDS, a college cheerleader battling Hodgkin's disease, and a senior couple living the long goodbye of Alzheimer's. He also worked as a copyeditor and proofreader for Tyndale House, a Christian publisher based in the Chicago suburbs. Tom is presently self-employed as an editor of Christian books. In addition, he serves as community relations director for Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County, Illinois. And Tom is on the leadership team for the Celebrate Recovery ministry at his church, Harvest New Beginnings, in Oswego, a suburb west of Chicago. He may be contacted at tmsiebert@gmail.com or (816) 344-7815.
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