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.