A victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 helps the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma.
|Release Date||:||September 22, 2017|
|Production Company||:||Lionsgate, Bold Films, Mandeville Films, Nine Stories Productions|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||David Gordon Green|
|Writers||:||Jeff Bauman, Bret Witter, John Pollono|
|Casts||:||Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown, Frankie Shaw, Danny McCarthy, Carlos Sanz, Karen Scalia, Jimmy LeBlanc, Patty O'Neil, Kate Fitzgerald, Richard Lane Jr., Johnny Hickey, Ken Kansky, Nate Richman, Lenny Clarke, Michelle Forziati, Judith McIntyre, Dr. Jeffrey Kalish, Sean McGuirk, Cassandra Cato Louis, Rena Maliszewski, Jaime FitzSimons, Diana Boudreau, Tony Viveiros, Patricia Ross, Vinh Doan, Jeremiah Kissel, Owen Burke, Mike O'Dea, Nick Cairis, Dafna Gottesman, Bates Wilder, Irene Gerakas, Paul Martino, Gary Martino, Chris Martino, Greig Martino, Mary Martino, Moira Driscoll, Darlene Van Alstyne, Maggie Castle, Kyara Williams, Nancy Villone, Sonaz Izadi|
|Plot Keywords||:||based on novel, boston, rehabilitation, wheelchair, based on true story, hospital, explosion, bombing, pregnancy test, terrorist bombing, boston marathon, loss of legs|
No, this will not be a popular review. No' I'm not from the US. Yes, these two are related.
I love Jake Gyllenhaal and he delivers in this Jeff Bauman inspired 'beating terrorism' story. The majority of reviews I've read use words as 'inspirational', 'capturing hearts', 'symbol', 'heroic' etc. And that's what bothers me about this movie. And it's what scares me too.
Because, what happens in this movie is real right? I mean, this is what actually happens in the US. There is a devastating attack on US soil. To cope with it, people turn to patriotism. Don't get me wrong, this is not a Michael Bay American Flag Waiving Patriot Fest. But singling out a survivor, having him waiving a flag at a sports game, having him pitch, people cheering, people crying, and to top it all of having Mr. All American telling him that he 'beat terrorism'...it's just a little too much.
But again, this movie is showing real things. This movie is not (really) over the top, not exaggerated. Waiving flags, singing Star Spangled Banner before sports games, people meaning from the bottom of their hearts that 'terrorism did not win'. Let's say, it is the American Way, right?
So my question is, why make this movie? To confirm US citizens that this is actually how things work in the US? They know that right? I mean, they sing along, they stand proud, they will not let terrorism win! Or to make people from other countries cringe to US patriotism?
OK, so Jake Gyllenhaal was great and he absolutely delivers. However, this 'the US being the greatest country on earth and let's all cry while singing the Star Spangled Banner' theme does not really have the same impact outside of the US. But hey, why care about the rest of the world when you are raised to care only about what happens inside your own borders?