Former Boston police head says 'Patriots Day' gets it right

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BOSTON (AP) Survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing are feeling a range of emotions as the new Mark Wahlberg film, ''Patriots Day,'' hits theaters this week.

The film is set to open in Boston, New York and Los Angeles on Wednesday and nationwide on Jan. 13.

Some of the key characters portrayed in the movie saw the film at a special screening last week.

Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says seeing the movie was a cathartic experience. Survivor Jessica Kensky says the film showed respect for the survivors.

Walhberg is a Boston native. He plays Tommy Saunders, an amalgam of Boston police officers who were at the finish line when the bombs exploded and later helped find the bombers.