"One kid who thought he could do nothing ended up doing more than most people. This affects me because it tells people not to give up." - Adam Sanders
Travis Freeman was a high school football star with a perfect cheerleader girlfriend and a seemingly perfect, right on track, life. He had the world at his fingertips until an infection left him suddenly, irreversibly blind.
23 Blast tells his story, how he overcame incredible odds to do what no one, especially himself, believed he could do.
Be sure to enter the giveaway for your own copy of 23 Blast at the bottom of this post.
This movie is based on the real life story of Travis Freeman, an educator and minister who became blind as a child and did, truly, play football.
When the kids and I were given the opportunity to review this movie I jumped at the chance, thinking that this type of amazing success story would be a great lesson for the kids and, because it's about a football player, would keep them entertained. It seemed like a really good fit for this home full of boys.
We gathered together, popcorn at the ready, and, in no time at all, were hooked on this film. Very good family entertainment. We laughed, mostly at scenes between Travis and his best friend, Jerry Baker. Jerry is a bit of a troublemaker and clearly likes to have a good time - going as far as to let Travis, blind, drive his truck, which left us laughing so hard we couldn't stop. I cried a tear or two. And we cheered Travis on as he learned to live with his new found blindness and thrive doing the things he loved.
The real-life Travis Freeman has a cameo in the movie, playing a preacher speaking in church to the character Travis Freeman. The kids liked that, it gave them a "real person" to put with the movie and added a lot of credibility to the movie for them.
Other actors of the movie include Alexa Vega, Mark Hapka, Max Adler, Fred Thompson, Kim Zimmer, and Timothy Busfield (not going to lie, I've had a little crush on him since thirtysomething).
The movie is rated PG-13, because of a scene depicting underage drinking. Personally, I didn't even notice this at the time and it certainly didn't seem like anything that isn't on regular tv; and the drinking wasn't glamorized in any way, it was clear that Travis didn't have respect for that type of thing.
The kids and I really liked this movie and recommend it a heartfelt family movie. The movie is currently out on video and can be found where movies are sold, and online at amazon.com. Or you could be the one lucky winner who wins their own copy of 23 Blast here! Just enter below and good luck.
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Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winner and opinions are 100% my own and not influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a copy of the movie, 23 Blast, in exchange for this review and post.