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.
23 Blast is a movie that’s based on a inspiring true story. My husband and I sat down together to watch it because even though we aren’t huge sports fans, we enjoy promoting wholesome family entertainment. This film doesn’t disappoint.
It’s movie about overcoming in no matter what life throws your way. We see the challenges, choices, hope, and faith through not just the main character but in others as well. I feel that the character development was done well and that the acting was spot on. We found ourselves laughing out loud, tearing up, and being fully invested in the lives of those portrayed throughout the film.
The story was certainly humbling seeing a young man rise over adversity in his disability. It’s a good reminder that through God and perseverance that anything is truly possible like still being able to play high school football without the ability to see. How amazing is that?
What tugged at me the most in the film was that we see two young men that are good friends with the same opportunities. But because of different personal decisions in their lives their paths go in such separate ways. One path was more saddening than because of addiction to alcohol that he could just never get past. This is a good discussion point for kids and teenagers so I am glad there was a moderate focus on it.
I highly recommend this film. I think it would be a good choice for a family movie night or in a group setting!
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