The Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, Patriots’ Day, sent shockwaves throughout the country. In the tragic attack, three civilians were killed, and hundreds more were injured. And although this article will not be going into the specifics of the event, what’s important is that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev were identified as the terrorists responsible. Tamerlan was killed by police in Watertown, Massachusetts, and Dzhokhar, his brother, was eventually apprehended and taken into custody.
Having only occurred three years ago, most of us still remember the infamous day. Hollywood certainly does. A new movie, titled Patriots Day, starring Mark Wahlberg is in the works and is even calling for people in the greater Boston area to act as extras (the casting call is this Saturday for all interested parties). However, the film is having some very serious trouble: they can’t seem to find a place to film. Watertown has refused to give Patriots Day space to film, and UMass Dartmouth (the school in which Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a sophomore at the time of the bombings) has said the same, stating that filming would cause too many disruptions to the campus.
This raises several important questions that need to be addressed. Morally speaking, where does this movie stand? Barely three years have passed, and Hollywood is already prepared to turn a profit. How will Bostonians react to the film upon its completion? Honestly, I don’t know how I feel about Patriots Day just yet, though I’m leaning on the cautious side and will more than likely avoid it altogether. The topic and likely thematic approaches will undoubtedly produce a sense of proud nationalism—which is a good thing, but I can see it playing out in a way that might alienate groups rather than bringing everyone together, which should be the point. Very little is known about the movie still, but I’m very interested to see how everything plays out.