I have never been one for sports films, but 23 Blast is an exception.
23 Blast is based on the amazing true story of Travis Freeman, who was a typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky.
Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the fall of 1997, in the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve. He becomes blind overnight. Under the influence of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Travis shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, helping his team advance to the State playoffs.
We follow Travis and Jerry Baker, his closest friend, from the time they meet on the football field as kids through high school. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.
23 Blast is reminiscent of sport hero films such as Prefontaine, Rudy, and The Blind Side, all true stories of athletes who defied the odds. The main character Travis (played by Mark Hapka of The Ghost Whisperer) has to overcome not only his own loss of sight, but the ones against him. All of his life has been about football, and he isn’t going to let anyone get in his way.
My favorite character was actually the best friend Jerry (Bram Hoover). He is the voice of strength and encouragement to Travis – for a while anyway. But through the bumps in the road Travis shows just how determined he can be to win with support from his friends and family. This is a great movie for sports enthusiasts and families alike.
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