Review: This is the inspirational true story of Jeff Bauman, in which his life changes radically after he is injured and survives the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings.
Director: David Gordon Green
Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Richard Lane Jr., Nate Richman, Lenny Clarke, Patty O’Neil, Clancy Brown, Kate Fitzgerald, Danny McCarthy, Frankie Shaw, Carlos Sanz, Michelle Forziati and Sean McGuirk
Genre: Biography and Drama
I found this to be a very engaging film. This concentrates on one person and we see how the whole events have affected him and how he is coming through the tough times. He becomes a symbol of the Boston Strong Mantra. You could say that he almost becomes a Boston celebrity. All the public suddenly want to meet him. It is also about his on/off girlfriend that he has. Can he make it work while going through everything that has been through or is going through? I believed in the relationship and all the way through wanted it to work out. Apparently there have already been films out about the Boston Bombings. As always a fantastic performance from Jake Gyllenhaal. As good as Miranda Richardson is I did find her a bit too much to handle and to cope with. I really don’t know how they filmed all the scenes where Jake Gyllenhaal had no legs. The visual effects team have worked wonders to make that look so convincing. There is also a scene where Jake is in a bathtub. Apparently the team had to construct three different bathtubs just for that one scene. It is a very well made film and it gets its story across to the viewers. This is a film about survival and defiance. At times I did find it very moving. There are moments of laughter and also happy and sad tears at the same time. I found it emotionally moving and very real.