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Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2017
This movie is absolutely spectacular alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. This true, emotional, real life story of Jeff Bauman (Survivor of the Boston marathon bombing) is sure to inspire many people about how not to give up on life after your life gets turned upside down. I had to give this movie 5 stars due to the acting by everybody, especially Jake Gyllenhaal portraying Jeff Bauman. I would have to suggest this movie to everyone, even if you watch it just once. I would like to say more, but don't want to ruin anything. Whether you decide to rent or buy, I guarantee you won't be disappointed in this movie!
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2017
There’s not one bad thing you can say about this movie. Jake Gyllenhaal performance is OUTSTANDING! And it’s not your typical based on a true story type hero film. Trust me on this one. And it’ll make you feel amazing. Like you can conquer anything⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2018
I love Jake Gyllenhaal in everything he performs in. He always sets the right tone that keeps the movie flowing and as such, he is why I chose to watch this inspiring real story and once again, Jake did not disappoint!!! Tatiana Maslany was just excellent as well as his girl friend/wife Erin. Like Jake, she has the extreme talent within her facial expressions that gave genuine, yet subtle depth to this real life character. From news stories, I knew that they had their conflicts, but also they overcame them with love and commitment. I am glad they included the difficult recovery he had (and who wouldn't with not only the extreme physical pain, but the PTSD and survivor's guilt as well. As someone else wrote, the movie should have gotten much more attention, but people want to move on from horrible stories and that is wrong. We learn from the life experiences of others and I really believe that I am stronger for having watched this movie. Thank you Amazon PRIME for making it available for us members.
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2018
it's hard for a movie like this, which is intended to play on compassion, fear, and hope, to avoid both a too-bleak outlook and also a bright but dishonest one. from what little I've read about the real Jeff Bauman, this movie does a good job. There were a couple scenes where the resolutions weren't shown but rather intimated; I understand that they may have made the movie harder to watch, but for those two scenes, I wish the resolutions had been more explicit. For the same reason, I appreciate the extended scene when Bauman first has his bandages removed in the hospital: it's shot from right next to his head, which makes the viewer claustrophobic and more inclined to (attempt to) imagine his pain and horror as he first views his amputations rather than simply looking on from a distance. This clever technique keeps Bauman from being objectified in the film's eye until he can come to terms with the symbol he represents. Carlos and the person who recounts how his brother was killed by an IED finally paint a really clear picture of why Bauman is a source of hope to his fellow Americans, but this (importantly, imo) doesn't precede his pain and his personal struggle to show up that day.
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2017
I really did like this movie. I'd say a 4.5 stars ...I rounded up. It was a very interesting look into what happened to Jeff Bauman after the Boston bombing. Who can forget that photo of him and "the guy in the cowboy hat"? This movie is different than your typical triumph-over-tragedy story, though. He really struggled with his new reality (understandably), and the family dynamics, while not uncommon, were a doozey (and not in a good way). I really wish they would have given more of an idea about how Jeff (and Carlos) are doing now, though there were some pictures at the end. Overall, a touching and moving story... and good performances by all actors!
Anything with Jake Gyllenhaal in is almost always interesting, and well worth watching and this is more than both of those. It personalizes the whole Boston Bombing disaster.......Very much worth the money and the time watching it. He should have been nominated for a Golden Globe and or Academy Award... as should have the movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars... at Cineworld and I must say it was a sad and brilliant film the actors deserve all the credit
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 29, 2018
I went to see this film twice at Cineworld and I must say it was a sad and brilliant film the actors deserve all the credit. I highly recommend this film if you haven't see it please do the struggles of man who has his whole life shattered and he has big doubts but in the end he comes throw it and just a truly outstanding film :)