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Film review by Steve Duffy –

Stronger is based on the memoir by Jeff Bauman and Brett Witter.

Some may say it is it too soon to see another movie about the Boston Marathon bombings. No one wants to relive the horrible events that forever changed our city, but also made us stronger.

What I loved so much about “Stronger” is that the events of the film do not focus on the marathon itself, but on the journey of Jeff Bauman and his road to recovery. Yes, there are a few graphic scenes from the aftermath of the bombings, but they are not the main focus of the story.  

Jake Gyllenhaal portrays Jeff Bauman, who unwillingly become a hero after losing both of his legs. Jeff was standing near one of the bombs when it went off. He was there to cheer on his on-again, off-again girlfriend who was running the marathon.

Gyllenhaal is wonderful as Jeff. His acting is superb as he brings us along on his emotional rollercoaster.  His journey of pain and recovery is something that everyone can identify with.

Tatiana Maslany from “Orphan Black” portrays Erin who struggles with her guilt and trying to make a place for herself in Jeff’s unwilling family. She delivers such a powerful performance, making her the heart of the movie.  

Stronger is a meaningful movie that does not get complicated. It is a story that will stir your emotions, but also leave you feeling uplifted.

Rating: R for language throughout, some graphic injury images, and brief sexuality/nudity

Runtime: 119 min

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