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A tremendously moving documentary, Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing, premiering tonight on HBO, follows the human aftermath of the 2013 terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed in the bombing, and more than 250 were injured. The film follows three families on their road to recovery.

Marathon lays out the day of the race, the chaos of the bombing, the pursuit of the suspects, and the medical and psychological effects of this violence upon its victims. As directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, Marathon benefits from the filmmakers clear-eyed, meticulous chronology of the events and their steady focus on the survivors.

To take just one of the families profiled: Newlyweds Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes each suffered injuries to the lower half of the body, Jessica’s more severe. We are shown their torturous path, through surgeries, rehabilitation, and setbacks. It was determined at a certain point that the only doctors who could really help Jessica were those who deal regularly with explosion wounds: the medical staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland. There, Jessica and Patrick join a group of veterans who suffered injuries while deployed overseas and find an unexpected new support group. Marathon is full of interesting, unpredictable details like this.

Made in association with the Boston Globe, which won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the attack, Marathon also contains a number of secondary themes. One is the apprehension and trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving member of the duo that set off the bombs. The other is the media coverage of the bombing, which becomes interestingly complex.

A number of Boston Globe reporters and photographers are interviewed; some of them were subject to cruel online harassment merely for doing things like taking pictures of the survivors or interviewing the parents of Tsarnaev. This basic misunderstanding of the role of the press, combined with easy access to the insult-machinery of social media, is its own little shock within an emotionally shocking film. One of the reporters reads virulent messages he received saying he should “shut up” because he’ll never know what it’s like to lose someone in a terrorist attack. Then that reporter shows us that his father died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and tries to hold back tears to remain professional. The thoughtlessness of people online is staggering. Marathon, in its care and thoughtfulness, is a corrective to this kind of dreadful strain in American behavior.

Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing Srt Sub Subtitle Download

More important than the shock, horror, fear, and anger that the terrorist bombing of the 117th annual Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, aroused here and around the world, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg’s documentary “Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing” recalls the pride and solidarity of a city sorely wounded. And its determination to heal. This latter virtue is especially on display in this restrained, eloquent, and artfully composed documentary.

It recalls events ingrained in every Bostonian’s memory: the beautiful weather at the beginning of the day, the initial jubilant spirits, the incredulity and shock of the two blasts. And then the ghastly spectacle of blood and mangled debris covering the pavement, the panic, and the swift action of first responders and common people whose uncommon actions doubtlessly saved the lives of many of the injured. Three died in the bombings, but the toll might have been much higher without their bravery and resourcefulness. Though some of these heroes are briefly mentioned, the film might have spent more time profiling them.

Be that as it may, “Marathon” excels at compiling press photos, ubiquitous surveillance footage, news clips, and amateur videos and weaving them together into a narrative with the momentum of a well-crafted thriller. The events are intensified and personalized by showing them from the point of view of three groups of survivors. They are victims who, like the travelers in Thornton Wilder’s novel “The Bridge at San Luis Rey,” came from different places and backgrounds and happened to end up at the two spots where bombs exploded among the spectator-jammed sidewalks of Boylston Street. The chaos of those moments takes on an extra dimension of terror because we feel we know some of the people who were damaged so grievously.

They include Celeste Corcoran, who with her husband, Kevin, daughter Sydney, and son Tyler, were cheering at the finish line for Celeste’s sister, who was running in the race. Celeste lost both legs. Sydney sustained critical injuries, including a severed femoral artery. Her life was saved when a stranger, a veteran, inserted his hand into the wound and squeezed the artery shut. Globe photographer John Tlumacki took a picture of the moment and it was reprinted in newspapers around the world, becoming a signature image of the event. The HBO film was produced in association with the Boston Globe.

Kelly Norden with husband J.P., who was wounded in the bombings. J.P.’s brother, Paul, also lost a limb.
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Kelly Norden with husband J.P., who was wounded in the bombings. J.P.’s brother, Paul, also lost a limb.

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Brothers Paul and J.P. Norden each lost his right leg in the second explosion, which is caught in a horrific on-the-spot video. They were treated at separate hospitals, with Paul put into a medically induced coma for nine days and J.P. suffering burns over 50 percent of his body. Their mother, Liz, had to rush from one hospital to the other to be by their sides as they underwent repeated surgeries.

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Newlyweds Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, themselves avid runners who had finished the Boston Marathon in 2005, were this time spectators at the finish line. Each lost a leg in the bombings, with Jessica’s remaining leg so damaged that she had to receive months of brutal physical therapy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

These are not feel-good stories. Sydney Corcoran fell into deep depression and developed an eating disorder. Her father resorted to drink. Kensky, after many months of pain and disappointment, had her remaining leg amputated. She experienced mixed feelings when her husband, equipped with a racing blade, prepared to enter the 2016 Boston Marathon. And Liz Norden says she watched the video of the explosion that took her sons’ limbs more than 3,000 times, trying to make sense of it all.

The film doesn’t attempt to do that. Though it touches on the anxiety the city felt during the manhunt for Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and on Dzhokhar’s trial and death sentence, it doesn’t dwell on the background or motives of the two brothers who planted the bombs. Instead it focuses, rightly so, on the survivors, still courageously trying to overcome their wounds — and on those who didn’t survive, to whom the film is dedicated.
Whether Boston is ready, Hollywood is casting an eye at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Mark Wahlberg’s “Patriots Day,” out in January, re-creates the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers. In “Stronger,” due later next year, Jake Gyllenhaal plays survivor Jeff Bauman.

Beating both films is “Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing,” a two-hour documentary from HBO in conjunction with The Boston Globe, and a superb, bracing look at the terrorist attack on Boston and its aftermath. It’s a testament to the survivors’ resilience and a somber reminder that while much of the legal wrangling might be over, the suffering of those afflicted is decidedly not.

“Marathon” opens on that crisp April day as runners gather at the starting line. The footage of the two explosions that killed three people and wounded more than 250 others near the Copley Square finish line is graphic but not gratuitous.

J.P. Norden recalls finding himself on the ground. “I saw that I had no foot. … When I turned over, I could see my brother had no leg.”

Celeste Corcoran lost both her legs; her daughter Sydney, wounded from shrapnel from the homemade bombs, was bleeding out on the street.

As a manhunt begins for the terrorists, the survivors and their families try to come to grips with the aftermath.

For newlyweds Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, the day becomes a dividing line in their lives.

The new normal turns into endless rounds of consultations with surgeons, drawers stuffed with medications, fittings for prosthetics and physical therapy. A service dog they name Rescue brings the first laughter into their lives in months.

But Jessica is ultimately forced into a decision about amputating her remaining leg with no guarantee her chronic pain will end.

The survivors have formed a bit of an extended family. Jessica and Patrick attend J.P.’s wedding to his longtime girlfriend.

“If I was going to try dancing on two high-heeled prosthetic legs, I was going to be somewhere where there was seven other amputees to help scrape me up off the floor,” Jessica says.

Writers, directors and producers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (“Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”) do an expert job juggling multiple narratives and compressing and conveying an extraordinary amount of detail. Paul Brill’s music is evocative and never overwhelming.

While the film draws on the Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage, it also features a bit too much of the various reporters and editors. Their zeal to get the story is commendable, but every minute spent with them is a moment less with the survivors. The film, fittingly, closes on another Boston Marathon day, this one more hopeful.

Watch it. Give yourself time for a good cry and to have your faith reaffirmed about the incredible city we call home.

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