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It’s a race against time to hunt down the Boston bombers before they can strike again...

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Peter Berg (Hancock, Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon), Patriots Day is an account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the everyday heroes who inspired the world in the extraordinary hours that followed.

In the aftermath of an unspeakable act of terror, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers.

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 the most sophisticated manhunt in law enforcement history and the strength of the people of Boston.

Berg and his star Whalberg have collaborated before on true-life stores:  Lone Survivor, about a U.S. Navy SEAL mission to kill a Taliban leader and Deepwater Horizon, about the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

Speaking about Patriots Day to CBS This Morning in the States, Wahlberg said there had been a lot of debate about whether it was too soon to dramatize their story.

“But then we felt like, because of everything that was happening all over the world, that it’s really not soon enough,” he said, “because this is a message of love and people coming together. And so we felt like, it was very important to do this, but do it right.”

He said there was added pressure because, in such a small community, “Everybody knows somebody who was directly affected by this.

“Of course, me being from Boston and knowing that I would be held accountable personally, there was a lot of pressure, certainly more pressure than I have ever felt,” he said, admitting, “I like to go home and I like to show my face!”

Berg acknowledged the pressure: “When you meet the men and women - like Danny Meng, a Chinese immigrant who escaped from those brothers and quite possibly saved a similar explosion in New York; or the police officers and the victims and the survivors - you meet those families, you can’t help but feel it.”

He praised Wahlberg as “one of the hardest working people I know; he always works hard. I think on this one he and all of us worked a lot harder.”

The advance word on the film has been great with The Guardian awarding Patriots Day 4 stars and proclaiming ‘the latest collaboration between Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg is a moving and compelling homage to a city and its spirit, as well as a gripping procedural.’  

Patriots Day opens at Showcase on February 24

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