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'Patriots Day' Film Premieres in Boston

The film premiered at the Wang Theater in Boston

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    Big names turned out for the Boston premiere of Patriots Day on Wednesday night, the filmed based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016)

    "Patriots Day," the film based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, premiered in Boston on Wednesday night.

    The stars of the film, including Boston-native Mark Wahlberg, appeared on the red carpet at the Wang Theatre in Boston as people got their first look at the new movie.

    “Initially signing on, I know there was an overwhelming amount of responsibility in this,” Wahlberg said on the red carpet. “I wanted to share that with the world.”

    The red carpet began at 6 p.m. followed by a screening of the film at 7:30 p.m.

    'Patriots Day' Premiere

    [NECN] 'Patriots Day' Premiere
    Boston will look a little like Hollywood Wednesday night at the screening of the new movie “Patriots Day.”
    (Published Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016)

    The film, in which Wahlberg portrays a fictional composite representing the actions of several police officers in the aftermath of the bombing, was directed by "Friday Night Lights" director Peter Berg.

    Three people were killed and 260 others injured in the April 2013 bombing.

    Besides Wahlberg, other guests who appeared at Wednesday's premiere were former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, marathon bombing survivors Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky, and former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.

    Davis said he thought the actors did a great job.

    “I thought they nailed it. The emotion of that week and they squeezed an enormous amount of detail into the process so I was very happy with it,” Davis said.

    "Patriots Day" also stars Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons and Michelle Monaghan. It opens in select cities on Dec. 21, and in theaters around the country on Jan. 13.

    Caitlin Fichtel/necn