Watchable but not inspiring.
A pretty solid biopic that runs maybe a bit too long. Still, it's worth watching. Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany (of Orphan Black fam) are outstanding. This film is about an anti-hero, Jeff Bauman, who is forced into the spotlight and has trouble dealing with it. The film did a good job about the characters' struggles but I wasn't convinced of the main character's heroism or strength (perhaps that was the point?). Also excellent was Carlos Sanz's very brief but memorable and moving portrayal of Carlos (aka The Guy in the Cowboy Hat who saved Jeff's life). The direction was mostly fine and the events are realistic and shocking but (deliberately) not too gory. Special note: Several of the real people who helped Jeff portray themselves in this story including his physiotherapist and the two guys who fit Jeff for his prosthetic legs.
V good and realistic.
The Boston Marathon bombing was, as usual, poorly and shoddily reported at the time. Anyone interested in the accurate story with the investigated details would be well advised to read the book, Maximum Harm, by investigative journalist, Michele McPhee - - an outstanding book and achievement on her part!
Ironically, we saw this film after the "Victoria" episode on the Irish potato famine. Despite the Bauman name, I very much suspect that there was a high representation of Irish immigrant background in the "ordinary people" who populate this movie, faced with a difficult challenge. The first hour and a half is *not* inspiring. The whining, bickering, and thoughtlessness is very un-uplifting. (As someone who worked in a hospital, and had to move people with limited mobility, the lack of planning represented in some of the vignettes made me cringe. "How stupid are you?" gets to be a constant refrain in the back of the viewer's mind.) Then we get a rather beautiful five minute speech--and then another half hour of rather "meh" redemption, and not much heroism.
I really don't know, other than the fact that Americans celebrate *all* of their disasters, why this film got the ratings and interest it did. It's just not that good.
Watched this because Jake Gyllenhaal is one of my favorite actors. He was good in this as he is in all his movies, but the film was too predictable. This is the second movie I've seen about the Boston Marathon tragedy (Patriot's Day was the first, which was also predictable). I believe I understand what happened on 9/11 and at the Boston Marathon. Let's get on to something different.
Not quite what I was expecting. It moved slower, with a focus on the depression and obstacles that often follow a horrific incident. It was an eye opener to see the publicity and expectations put on the young man. He has a good wife that believes in him and eventually pulled through the physical wounds in order to deal with the mental wounds - while living in a difficult extended family situation with little support.
A look at the private heroism of Jeff Bauman and his family, as well as the public image of heroism that is thrust upon them.
Movie was really well done, and great Boston accents.... not too over the top. The movie was a little long, they could have easily shaved off 30 minutes from the run time, but it ran at a smooth pace and the story was engaging. All of the actors were great, and they shied away from melodrama and kept the movie intense, but subtle. I highly recommend.
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