Patriot's Day trailer

Making a film so soon about the Boston Maraton bombing understandably makes people skeptical, but Patriots Day is a respectful movie. A film this emotional and unsettling suggests anyone involved in director Peter Berg‘s latest had only the sincerest of intentions. The trailers haven’t come close to capturing the intensity and heartache and beauty of Berg’s latest, but this new preview comes the closest.

Below, watch the new Patriots Day trailer.

Patriots Day tells the story of the Boston Marathon bombing that occurred on April 15, 2013, which killed three civilians and injured an estimated 264 others. Berg’s picture focuses on the day of the attack, the four-day manhunt that followed, and how the people of Boston stuck together during this tragedy. Patriots Day co-stars John GoodmanKevin Bacon, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan, Alex Wolff, Themo Melikidze, James Colby, Michael Beach, Rachel Brosnahan, Christopher O’Shea, Jake Picking, Jimmy O. Yang, Vincent Curatola, Melissa Benoist and Khandi Alexander.

Here’s the new Patriot’s Day trailer:

At first, Wahlberg comes across as potential miscasting as Sgt. Tommy Saunders. He’s a good actor, but he’s not always an invisible one. You often know you’re watching Mark Wahlberg. He has particular traits as an actor that are identifiable, but he quickly ends up disappearing in Patriots Day and gives one of his most natural and present performances to date. There’s an immediacy to his work here and Berg’s film that keeps you captivated, disturbed, and sometimes moved. The performances are incredibly convincing, nothing is over-written, and nothing — except maybe one shot in the third act — pulls you out of the experience. Patriots Day, as it absolutely should be, is a difficult and unsettling watch, but it’s also an immersive two hours.

Here’s the official synopsis:

In the aftermath of an unspeakable attack, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard Deslauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and celebrates the strength of the people of Boston.

Patriot’s Day opens in limited release on December 21st and expands into more theaters on January 13th, 2017.

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