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23 Blast (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Family, Sport | 24 October 2014 (USA)
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When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible total blindness, he must decide whether to live a safe handicapped life or bravely return to the life he once knew and the sport he still loves.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Coach Farris
Ashley (as Alexa Vega)
Travis Freeman
Cameron Marshall
Mary Freeman (as Kimberly Jo Zimmer)
Jerry Baker
Jasper A. Duncan
Coach Powers
Patty Wheatley
Larry Freeman
Coach Burley
Scott Sowers ...
Mr. Marshall
Dr. Connelly
Breanna Dean ...
Young Ashley


In the prime of his youth, up and coming football star Travis Freeman lost his sight due to a sinus infection caused by a rare disease. Overnight, he became irreversibly blind and had to cope with all the new trials and changes awaiting him. With the love and support of his family and closest friends he learned to push himself to extraordinary heights. Relying on his other senses and his instincts, he did the unthinkable! Displaying unconditional determination he proved nothing could dampen the spirit of a champion! Written by Anonymous

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Vision comes from within.


Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some teen drinking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 October 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blindes Vertrauen  »

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Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$79,312 (USA) (31 October 2014)


$485,128 (USA) (31 October 2014)

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Coach Farris: [addressing the only boy of color coming out for pee-wee football] You Freddie?
[Freddie nods]
Coach Farris: Freddie, I'm guessin' you never played football.
[Freddie nods then shakes head]
Coach Farris: I wancha to take a look ach yer buddies down on the bench Now, do you see any difference between you and them?
[Freddie looks down the line of boys, all caucasian and all, while sitting, half to a full head taller than himself. Freddie looks back at Coach Ferris and shakes head]
Coach Farris: Nothin'?
[Freddie shakes head again]
Coach Farris: Not a thing...
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We Are Brave
Written by Shawn McDonald, Christopher Stevens, David Arthur Garcia
Performed by Shawn McDonald
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It's essentially a parody of itself
26 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before I'm called heartless, let me just put out there how I have worked with kids with disabilities. So I understand the need for this type of genre, but I feel like this perpetuates this myth that persons with disabilities are perfect people who don't have sex drives, are super religious/self-righteous, and should always be right.

This is wrong. There are many types of truths that give people peace; it makes me sad that the movies who are courageous enough to handle tough topics like theodicy (religious Christian concept: why do bad things happen to good people?) never seem to develop more complex characters.

The only character struggles spiritually is Travis's best friend from school. His perspective is tossed aside as misguided; he's painted as a goof and mess-up while he is clearly suffering spiritually. Travis's "spiritual struggle" doesn't feel like much of a struggle at all. In fact, he's put on this pedestal. ("I am Travis Freeman.")

Aside from my philosophical issues with this movie, the dialogue was laughably bad.

"Why am I blind, dad?" "Too much infection."

"You're blind, son." "Is this going to last forever?"

"Travis has a minor infection we are treating with antibiotics." *(Five seconds pass)* "Travis is going in for surgery, now. He's running a 106 degree fever."

The only character I liked was the social worker; my two stars are for her. She wasn't preachy and prioritized him taking control over his health as opposed to "finding Jesus."

My other star is when Travis' friend takes him for a spin in the hospital; I really enjoyed that part. I feel like that scene encapsulated the little joys we appreciate when disability and serious life suffering enter our lives and the lives of those we love.

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