Basically, I loved the story, Travis Freeman is an inspiration, but the film is a bit of a snooze. What they learned was a valuable life long lesson that they carried into their adult lives. A player has a bloodied hand in one game. With the love and support of his family and closest friends he learned to push himself to extraordinary heights. Ever since they were young, Travis Freeman and Jerry Baker were best friends. Additionally, Travis is assigned to Patty, a mobility coach who pushes him to not be held back by his disability.
Overnight, he became irreversibly blind and had to cope with all the new trials and changes awaiting him. Travis holds onto his Christian faith and finds strength in God to overcome impossible obstacles. I thought they could of made parts funnier. A few cliches were probably unavoidable -- Timothy Busfield is a caricature as the school athletic director, meddling with the coach's decisions. Relying on his other senses and his instincts, he did the unthinkable! When Travis gets an infection and goes blind, his entire world is thrown upside down. There is no deviation from the main story line, and things continue to go around in circles, until the last half hour or so when they finally get to the point. Several of the actors do double duty which is commendable.
Religion is portrayed as one of Travis's sustaining strengths, in addition to a loving family and loyal friends. His parents are supportive and loving, and his friends refuse to let Travis give up. Most of these films are based on true stories, and are as real as it gets, but sometimes, no matter how amazing the story, it doesn't necessarily make for the best cinema. Most of these films are based on true stories, and are as real as it gets, but sometimes, no matter how amazing the story, it doesn't necessarily make for the best cinema. After a severe eye infection, high school football star Travis Mark Hapka wakes up blind and immediately succumbs to all the stages of mourning for his lost sight, including rage and depression. Baker takes what could be a preachy script based on real lives and turns it into an even-handed movie with a largely pleasing story of triumph over adversity. Disability can be a difficult subject for children, and this movie may not be for every tween, but some may be inspired to work through their own shortcomings and challenges after seeing this.
It just kinda missed the mark somewhere. The inevitable and climactic Big Game and its formulaic drama are handled well in the script, acting, and especially direction. Like anyone, he questioned his faith when something that is unfathomable to most of us happened to him- yet with the help of the right teacher he was able to make a positive and uplifting life for himself. In the meantime, Travis' team falters without him. His friends have reason to worry about him, but despite jealousy and self-doubt, he comes through for Travis. A secondary plot concerns Travis' best friend Jerry Bram Hoover , who's been troubled since childhood and drinks too much beer.
This is a true story of a star football player who was able to come back to the field after an infection caused him irreversible blindness. Travis holds onto his faith and finds strength in God to overcome impossible obstacles. I loved the inspiring themes of perseverance, friendship, family and faith. What might you be able to do better than you used to do? How can facing adversity help make you a stronger person than you were before? As a typical teenager, Travis Freeman Mark Hapka is a local hero both on and off the high-school football field in his small Kentucky town, but in 1997, Travis contracts an infection that destroys his optic nerve and renders him blind overnight. However, they are not inseparable. .
With some training, he believes Travis can be the inspiration the team needs. Parents need to know that 23 Blast is based on the inspiring true story of Travis Freeman, a Kentucky high school football player who went blind -- but, owing to the support of his coach and teammates, was able to play despite his disability. There are many paths to victory; and perseverance, combined with confidence, trust, and unorthodoxy proves to be one of them. Movies can inspire us by introducing us to people who overcome the odds, despite having much bigger problems than we do. His concerned father director and mother Kim Zimmer feel helpless, but his caseworker, Patty feisty and amusing Betty Ann Baker , forces Travis to learn to walk with a cane and to reintegrate into his old life.
A most worthwhile and rewarding viewing experience! Displaying unconditional determination he proved nothing could dampen the spirit of a champion! His parents are supportive and loving and his friends refuse to let Travis be anything less than remarkable. It is amazing what he does. Travis, a star wide receiver, is an exceptional leader both on the field and off. The production value is high and the acting is believable and engaging in this film. Both were extremely talented football players.
Stephen Lang is compelling and inspiring as Coach Freeman. Bram Hoover is both a co-writer with his mother as well as comporting himself well in the role of Jerry Baker. With the loving help and concern of his parents, physical therapist, coach and best friend, Travis demonstrates what true bravery is: He continues to compete on the gridiron and helps his team advance to the state finals. When I watch the movie again usually I like it more and some of the parts that lagged don't bother me. This is a great movie for the family.