- A Movie Based on the Real Life Story of Travis Freeman
- Starring Mark Hapka, Bram Hoover, Stephen Lang, Max Adler, Alexa PenaVega
- A Capitol Christian Studios Release Directed by Dylan Baker
- Includes a Cameo Appearance of Travis Freeman
- Single Disc, English Language, Rated PG-13 (For Scenes With Underage Drinking)
- 98 Minute Feature Presentation Plus Bonus Features
- Closed Caption and Enhanced Audio Features Available
- 23 Blast Has a Facebook Page, a Twitter Account, and an Instagram Page
- Visit the Website to Learn More, Buy a Copy, and Download Free Materials
23 Blast was the name of a football play that Travis Freeman and Jerry Baker used to run out on the football field. The two met playing for The Reddogs in the small town of Corbin, Kentucky. Both were gifted athletes and both had to face obstacles growing up. Travis tragically lost his eyesight overnight after his optic nerve was destroyed by an infection. Jerry battled internal demons and as a young boy developed an addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Travis' first response to his handicap is not unusual, he tries to hide away from the world. His parents believe they are helping him as they enable his dependence. Thankfully, a determined mobility aide will not let the situation stand. When Travis will not come to her, she shows up at his door and she changes his life. Not only does Travis get back up on his feet but he even gets back on the football field! Unfortunately, Jerry does not handle adversity as well, and becomes more sullen and slides deeper into his addictions.
The movie is a Hollywood version of Travis' story. I will admit, there were a few times that as a nurse I was thinking, there is no way that could have happened! but the creative licence is clearly being used to dramatically drive home the real story - that with faith and perseverance we can do extraordinary things. overall, I liked the movie, and I think that it would be a good choice for a family movie if you are a parent of kids 13-16. it really opens up the door to some good discussion.
If you want to have some dialogue about it but are afraid you don't have the words, the website links above can help. There are free discussion guides available as well as way to motivate your child, how to help them overcome obstacles, how to let them know you believe in them, and seven signs of a humble athlete. There are also image downloads available.
After you watch the movie, don't miss the bonus features. One segment tells the parts of the story that didn't make it on to the screen. We also learn what become of Jerry, too.
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