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Faith is literally blind in inspirational sports drama “23 Blast,” the fact-based tale of a high-school football player who suddenly loses his sight, but not his place on the team. Drawn up using equal parts genre playbook and Good Book, actor Dylan Baker, making his directing debut, and thesp Bram Hoover (who co-wrote the script with his mother, Toni) deliver a fairly predictable yarn that’s lighthearted and well-acted, if cast mostly with characters that are little more than tackling dummies. This Heartland Film Festival winner should rack up points with the churchgoing crowd on its Oct. 24 release, but likely won’t cross into a wider field of play.
A preamble introduces running back Travis Freeman and quarterback Jerry Baker as pee-wee players who connect on a long pass play that establishes their athletic promise and the roots of their friendship. Early scenes set a few years later show the pair »
- Bill Edelstein
Having been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, NBC’s Today and Dateline NBC, Travis Freeman’s story now comes to the big screen in 23 Blast.
The Dylan Baker Film, inspired by the true life events of Freeman, who played football for Corbin High School in the mid 1990′s despite being blind, will release nationwide in theaters on October 3, 2014 through Ocean Avenue Entertainment, Inc. in association with Toy Gun Films.
23 Blast features Freeman, a typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky, who 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, »
- Michelle McCue
Baker directed “23 Blast” from a script by Bram Hoover and Toni Hoover. The film stars Baker, Stephen Lang, Alexa Vega, Mark Hapka, Max Adler, Bram Hoover, Kim Zimmer, Becky Ann Baker, Timothy Busfield and Fred D. Thompson.
Hapka stars as Travis Freeman, a typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky who’s stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve. Under the influence of parents, a physical therapist, a coach and a best friend, Freeman helps his high school football team advance to the state playoffs.
“This movie is so much bigger than me, »
- Dave McNary
3 items from 2014
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