Culture Street

Film

Stronger starring Jake Gyllenhaal

On December 7, 2017

By Sophia Whitfield
On April 15, 2013 Jeff Bauman was standing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to cheer on his ex-girlfriend in a bid to win her back.

A bomb blast at the finish line almost cost Jeff his life. One of the most visceral images of the Boston Marathon bombing is of a man in a cowboy hat carrying 27-year-old Jeff from the site. As a result of the bomb Jeff lost both his legs.

When he woke in hospital to the news that he was a double amputee his first response was that he needed to speak to the FBI. He had seen the bomber and was able to give a description of the man he saw.

The film shows Jeff's struggle as he goes through rehabilitation, both with his injuries and with a community desperate to idolise him as a hero and a symbol of hope.

When Jeff goes home from hospital back to his mother's apartment, which is not set up for a wheelchair, the family attempt to support Jeff despite their own struggles.

This is Jeff's story, told by him, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Although the film deals with a devastating injury there is humour throughout the film which is a reflection of Jeff's personality.

Jake Gyllenhaal is quite brilliant as Jeff Bauman. The film is released in cinemas in the UK this Friday and in Australia in February.

You Might Also Like

Film

First trailer for The Program based on Lance Armstrong's life

When Lance Armstrong fought back from life-threatening cancer to win the 1999 Tour de France, it seemed almost too good to be true. It was. Journalist David Walsh was one...

On June 12, 2015

Film

Director Darren Aronofsky on the building of Noah's Ark

Academy Award winner Russell Crowe stars as Noah, a man chosen by God for a great task before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. The stellar cast includes Jennifer Connelly,...

On March 11, 2014

Film

The changing face of Benedict Cumberbatch

We take a look back at the changing faces of Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet opens in the West End. If you want to see Cumberbatch star as Hamlet at the...

On August 7, 2015
 

Film

Alice Through The Looking Glass

This year celebrates 150 years since the publication of Lewis Carroll's classic Alice in Wonderland. After the success of Tim Burton's 2010 Alice in Wonderland, comes her next adventure which...

On November 12, 2015

Film

President Snow's Panem Address

Lionsgate has released stunning new posters for the upcoming highly anticipated ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’ movie along with an address from the ominous President Snow himself.

On June 27, 2014

Film

Behind the Scenes look at The Big Short starring Ryan Gosling

See the star-studded cast and director Adam McKay in a special behind the scenes look at THE BIG SHORT featuring Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and Steve Carell.

On November 17, 2015
 
Copyright © 2012 - 2018 Culture Street
Contact: info@culturestreet.com.au