|Rated PG-13 (brief drinking of alcohol on school property) / 1h 42m|
Chefy and I love to watch inspirational movies, and we especially enjoy the ones that are based on true stories. Recently, we were given the opportunity to review 23 BLAST. I would call it a football movie, but it is so much more.
About the movie: As a typical teenager, Travis Freeman (Mark Hapka) is a local hero both on and off the high-school football field in his small Kentucky town, but in 1997, Travis contracts an infection that destroys his optic nerve and renders him blind overnight. With the loving help and concern of his parents, physical therapist, coach and best friend, Travis demonstrates what true bravery is: He continues to compete on the gridiron and helps his team advance to the state finals.
The above synopsis does not even begin to cover this movie. The movie begins with some kids starting to play peewee football. That is where Travis meets Jerry and they become best friends. The movie moves forward to the boys playing high school football. I loved that it gave us a back story before jumping right in to things. The movie kept my interest from beginning to end and there were several times when I wanted to cry for Travis and for the pain his parents were feeling. Travis' mom reminded me of myself. After Travis went blind, she was trying to do everything for him and she babied him. I understood her need to be MOM, even when her son needed her to be strong. I was so happy when she backed him up toward the end of the movie.
I do not want to give away too much about this movie, because I really think you need to see it for yourself! 23 BLAST teaches some great lessons about never giving up, bravery and faith. It is a wonderful family movie and I would encourage you to watch it with your kids! It is rated PG-13 because there is some underage drinking. The drinking is noted as a negative thing, so it is not glorified. Also...make sure you pay special attention to the preacher while they are at church. Watch until the end and you will understand why!
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