Last year, audiences saw the release of Patriots Day, a film that chronicled the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. However, where that film covered the manhunt that followed the actual bombing, this new film, Stronger, will follow a different kind of manhunt.
Stronger follows the journey of Jeff Bauman. If youâ€™ll recall, following the actual bombing, there were a few iconic pictures that circulated. One of these pictures was that of a man getting wheeled away in a wheelchair with his legs torn up. That photo was Bauman, who went on to write his memoirs, also titled Stronger, and become a real symbol for the slogan â€œBoston Strong.â€
As one would expect, life after the bombing wasnâ€™t easy, and it looks like the new film, Stronger â€” directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express â€” will be chronicling that journey. Based on this trailer, it looks like theyâ€™ll definitely be laying the sentimentality on pretty thick, but given the subject matter, it makes sense, theyâ€™d ultimately go that route.
The official synopsis for Stronger is below:
â€œStronger is the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become the symbol of hope following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff, a 27-year-old, working-class Boston man who was at the marathon to try and win back his ex-girlfriend Erin (Tatiana Maslany). Waiting for her at the finish line when the blast occurs, he loses both his legs in the attack. After regaining consciousness in the hospital, Jeff is able to help law enforcement identify one of the bombers, but his own battle has just begun. He tackles months of physical and emotional rehabilitation with the unwavering support of Erin and his family. It is Jeffâ€™s deeply personal account of the heroic journey that tests a familyâ€™s bond, defines a communityâ€™s pride and inspires his inner courage to overcome devastating adversity. Filled with raw emotion, humanity and humor, Stronger is the inspirational real-life story of the man who became the living embodiment of â€˜Boston Strong.â€™ The film also stars Academy AwardÂ® nominee Miranda Richardson and is directed by David Gordon Green.â€
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SOURCE: Roadside Flix