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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.

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