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Every 21 Seconds (2018)

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Every 21 Seconds is an intense and dramatic film based on the gut wrenching and inspiring true story of TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) survivor, Brian Sweeney.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shannon Brown ... Brian Sweeney
Kelly Thiebaud ... Mary Beth Sweeney
Jim O'Heir ... Dr. Synkowski
Matt Pratt Matt Pratt ... John
Robyn Coffin ... Dr. Jacobs
Jamie Bernadette ... Prosecutor Leslie Clarkson
Delpaneaux Wills ... Prosecutor Trey Hill
Jimmie Tolliver ... Joe McAvoy
Sean Patrick Leonard ... Kevin Ashe
John Christian Love ... Supervisor Washington (as Brandon K. Hampton)
Brian Barber ... Henry Marshall
Marilyn Bass ... Marilyn Sweeney
Kim DeJesus ... Jenny Grayson
Charles Harris Charles Harris ... Mr. Sweeney
Michael Schmid Michael Schmid ... Ricky Stubbs


A happy, loving and successful man is brutally attacked in a case of mistaken identity that results in a severe TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). As he attempts to recover against seemingly overwhelming odds, he must find the strength to survive and become the husband and father he once was. Led by his amazing wife, his family and friends do their best to stay together and provide the support needed. During his recovery, he finds a common bond with the unlikeliest of people, a brash and somewhat unhinged Marine Veteran. Written by Suzette Brown

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traumatic brain injury | ptsd | See All (2) »


It could happen to anyone at anytime.









Release Date:

13 April 2018 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,230, 3 April 2018, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,568, 15 June 2018
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This film pulls no punches
27 December 2018 | by ddawwgSee all my reviews

I'm becoming more and more of an indie film fan because of films like this. Every 21 Seconds is based on the true story of brain injury survivor. No spoilers, but after watching this film, I was shocked at how devastating brain injuries can be for someone as well as their loved ones. No VFX, no CGI, nothing animated, just raw, honest compelling storytelling brought to life by a great cast.

Leading that great cast is Shannon Brown playing the main character, the brain injury survivor. This is one of the most inspiring performances you'll see in cinema period. His ability to draw you in is exceptional especially when you take into account that he's essentially playing two very different characters in one, before and after the brain injury. There were multiple times when you could literally hear the audience gasp. I've seen Brown in a few other films in the past like Halloweed, Finding Hope and some gangster movie that I cant remember the title of, but anyway, this guy is a true artist, I'm a fan for sure. Comedy, drama or whatever, Brown can carry a film at a high level. Also of note, Kelly Thiebaud, who plays the wife of Brown's character, the female lead. You can't help but feel drawn to her and her struggles to take care of the man she loves. You laugh with her, you cry with her and you really just wanna give her a hug. A very powerful performance and her chemistry with Brown is very strong. It's easy to forget that you're actually watching actors when these two are on screen together which is a strong compliment to them both.

The supporting cast keeps you engaged as well. I was particularly impressed with Jimmie Tolliver who plays our hero's best friend. Robyn Coffin has a nice turn as a quirky yet caring therapist. This is an intense ride, not for the faint of heart. It's clear that the filmmakers responsible for this gem was not trying to appeal to the masses, rather they were focused on making a honest, gritty depiction of a real brain injury survivor. I feel for anyone that has a brain injury and their loved ones. Check this film out, you'll be glad you did.

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