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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.

Director:

Dylan Baker

Writers:

Bram Hoover (co-writer), Toni Hoover (co-writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Lang ... Coach Farris
Alexa PenaVega ... Ashley (as Alexa Vega)
Mark Hapka ... Travis Freeman
Max Adler ... Cameron Marshall
Kim Zimmer ... Mary Freeman (as Kimberly Jo Zimmer)
Bram Hoover ... Jerry Baker
Timothy Busfield ... Jasper A. Duncan
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Coach Powers
Becky Ann Baker ... Patty Wheatley
Dylan Baker ... Larry Freeman
Kevin Cooney ... Coach Burley
Scott Sowers Scott Sowers ... Mr. Marshall
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Dr. Connelly
Crystal Hunt ... Molly
Breanna Dean Breanna Dean ... Young Ashley
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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.

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Drama | Family | Sport

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blindes Vertrauen See more »

Filming Locations:

Corbin, Kentucky, USA

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,312, 31 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$485,128, 31 October 2014
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Singer/songwriter Ginny Owens, who wrote & performed "Stumblin'" is blind. See more »

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Jerry Baker: Man, he's been after me since fifth grade. He used to say I was cheatin' in math.
Travis Freeman: 'Cause you WERE cheatin' in math.
Jerry Baker: I didn't cheat!
Travis Freeman: You copied off my paper.
Jerry Baker: Yeah. Off of YOU. That's friends. Don't count.
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Written by Michael Garin, Dylan Baker
Performed by Matt Rocker and Michael Garin
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It's essentially a parody of itself
26 October 2014 | by Nicole ASee 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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