Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Dec 2017)
Brief Synopsis – After having his legs amputated following the Boston marathon bombing, a young man tries to find a way to put his life back together.
My Take on it – When I hear about this film, I was quite excited to see what they would do with it since I’m a big fan of Patriots Day (2016) which depicted the actual events of the Boston Marathon Bombing.
This film tells us the story of one man injured during that events and shows how he struggled to rehabilitate his life after having lost his legs to that attack.
Jake Gyllenhaal gives a great performance here and I will be a bit surprised if he isn’t nominated for numerous awards for this depiction; he might not win, but the nominations should still come his way.
We are able to really understand the emotional roller coaster ride of this man as we see him go through the ups and downs while trying to come to grips with his new way of life.
We get the emotional aspects of the story and see how much strength one man can have when faced with these kind of choices in life
They do an excellent job showing us certain news events of the manhunt for the perpetrators as clear references to over what time period these events all take place and they wisely stay focused on the story of Bauman instead of showing us what is going on in the larger circle of events.
The special effects are superb here because there are so many scenes which I was wowed into believing that Gyllenhaal really didn’t have any legs.
Bottom Line – Gyllenhaal gives an amazing performance here as we get to really feel the emotional roller-coaster that he must traverse as he tries to find a stable way to live his life. This is a really emotional film because it shows us how much strength one man can have yet also give to other just by the way he chooses to find rehabilitation. This is a great film to watch as a companion piece to Patriots Day (2016) since this film shows us an individual part of the overall story as it plays out. Showing the viewer tidbits of information from the news pertaining to the manhunt for the terrorists helps us to keep points of reference of how the events relate to this story. I’m not sure if Gyllenhaal can snatch an Oscar win with this performance, but it definitely deserves a nomination. The special effects are superb because we truly believe that he has no legs. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jeff Bauman’s former supervisor at Costco, Kevin, auditioned to play himself in the movie. Although he was not chosen for the part he is an extra in more than one scene. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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