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Stronger is the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become the symbol of hope following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Jeff (Jake Gyllenhaal) a 27-year-old working-class Boston man was at the marathon to try and win back his ex-girlfriend Erin (Tatiana Maslany). Waiting for her at the finish line when the blast occurs he loses both his legs in the attack. After regaining consciousness in the hospital, Jeff is able to help law enforcement identify one of the bombers, but his own battle has just begun. He tackles months of physical and emotional rehabilitation with the unwavering support of Erin and his family. It is Jeff's deeply personal account of the heroic journey that tests a family's bond, defines a community's pride and inspires his inner courage to overcome devastating adversity. Filled with raw emotion, humanity and humour, Stronger is the inspirational real-life story of the man who became the living embodiment of Boston Strong.
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My biggest problem with this film was the pace (which is quite slow the majority of the time) and the fact that the characters aren't really likeable (well except Erin, expertly performed by Tatiana Maslany). Don't get me wrong, I really feel for the guy and I know he must have gone through the most horrific time (which no-one deserves) but he doesn't come across as a very likeable individual (which is an incredibly harsh thing to say when I've never met the guy, but that's just how I was left feeling). Also, his family come across as awful people... I saw one reviewer state that the Adam's family seem nicer!
My wife has a test with movies of this ilk, which she refers to as 'the cry test'... if it doesn't pass the cry test then it's no good in her view. Not only did it not pass the cry test, but it almost achieved the 'fall asleep test'!
I will finish this opinionated review by pointing out the obvious - mine is a subjective view and I would certainly recommend that people give this movie a shot, I just wouldn't recommend purchasing it as, in my view, it's not worth repeat viewings. Also, even though I didn't enjoy the movie, my heart does go out to Jeff Bauman (and all others who suffered at the hands of the terrorists) as they must have gone through unthinkable pain and I would like to think they're not as bad as they come across!
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