The Second Trailer For Mark Wahlberg’s Boston Marathon Bombing Movie ‘Patriots Day’ Is Powerful AF

A month after the debut of the first official trailer, CBS Films has released the second trailer for Patriots Day, which aims to chronicle one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history after the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

A pair of homemade pressure cooker bombs detonated near the finish line of Boston’s famed marathon, killing two and injuring dozens, many gravely. After the FBI released identifying images publicly of the suspects, thousands of law enforcement officers searched a 20-block area of Watertown, an affluent Boston suburb, shut down businesses and public transit systems, creating a post-apocalyptic urban desert feel that I’ll never aptly be able to describe. At the time, I worked about 100 yards from the finish line in Copley Square and the silent, stomach-hollowing, eeriness of the four-day manhunt gives me chills to this day.

As you well know, one of the suspects was killed in a gunfight and the other was shot and arrested after he was found using thermal imaging hiding in a boat in a Watertown resident’s back yard.

The movie, which will be released in Boston on December 21 and will open nationwide on January 13, 2017, has a star-studded cast including Kevin Bacon as FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers, John Goodman as former Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Oscar winner J.K. Simmons as Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, and James Colby as then-Police Superintendent William Evans. And of course, Mark Wahlberg.

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