Tsarnaev Shootout to be Filmed in Watertown? Roll ‘Em! [POLL]
I still look back in amazement at the events that we now refer to as the Boston Marathon Bombing. It all seemed so surreal at the time. I was working in the newsroom when the bombs went off, and we couldn't believe what was unfolding before our eyes.
The rest of the week seemed like the longest day of my life. Nights bled into mornings, mornings into afternoons, and afternoons into nights as we all hunted for the people who carried out this unspeakable terror on beloved Boston.
I remember listening to the scanner as Boston Police were thrust into a firefight with the Tsarnaev brothers, and when they found Dzokhar Tsarnaev in a boat.
It all seemed so unbelievable at the time. But it happened. I knew at the time that there would one day be a movie about the events of mid-April, 2013 in Boston. Mark Wahlberg is set to star in such a picture entitled "Patriots Day". In the film, Wahlberg portrays Boston Police Detective Danny Keeler, who was one of the first emergency personnel to render assistance to those injured by the bombs at the marathon finish line.
Filming has begun in and around Boston, and one of the scenes calls for a recreation of the shootout between police and the Tsarnaev brothers at the exact location it originally took place. Filming is scheduled for late April, very close to the time when the Tsarnaevs were on the run.
CBS Films has been courteous enough, asking residents if they would be objected to filming on-scene. Many residents have said it was traumatizing to live through the events once, and don't care to hear the same gunfire again. Others say authenticity needs to be seen in order for the rest of the country to understand what happened that week, and the lives it affected.
I'm a stickler for authenticity. I love watching a movie, knowing the director has paid close attention to detail, and tries to nail everything down to get the most accurate portrayal of whatever historical event they choose to recreate.
That being said, does this need to be filmed at the exact location? While it's not necessary, I believe that filming at the exact location would lend a great deal of authenticity to the film, taking the viewers to the sides of the police officers who so bravely risked their lives that night, fighting terror.
As for the families that live in that neighborhood, perhaps they can work out a deal with CBS Films to have them relocated to a hotel for a few nights as filming takes place.
In this case, I'd rather see this film made right or not at all. It's important we see an accurate portrayal of the Boston Marathon Bombing and the aftermath from the perspective of our law enforcement personnel. This country has lost a lot of respect for the police officers that go to work every day, not knowing if they'll be able to go home at night. It's time we see something that pays tribute to them, and possibly reignites our love for our boys (and girls) in blue.