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23 Blast (2014)



Critic Consensus: The real life story that inspired 23 Blast is undeniably heartwarming -- but the movie itself is too predictable and amateurish to recommend.

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23 Blast is based on the amazingly true story of Travis Freeman. A typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky, Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the fall of 1997, in the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve. He becomes blind overnight. Under the influence of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Travis shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, helping his team advance to the State playoffs. We follow Travis and Jerry Baker, his closest friend, from the time they meet on the football field as kids through high school. Jerry's attraction to the dark side of teenage temptations, beer and drugs, threatens to pull the friends apart. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.(c) Official Site

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Stephen Lang
as Coach Faris
Mark Hapka
as Travis Freeman
Max Adler
as Cameron
Kim Zimmer
as Mary Freeman
Bram Hoover
as Jerry Baker
Dylan Baker
as Larry Freeman
Becky Ann Baker
as Patty Wheatley
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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

A fairly predictable yarn that's lighthearted and well-acted, if cast mostly with characters that are little more than tackling dummies.

Full Review… | October 24, 2014
Top Critic

By-the-numbers inspirational trudgework.

Full Review… | October 23, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Although the film has moments when it's serious about exploring the challenges that someone in Travis's situation faces, it ultimately prefers to be just another football movie with a hokey big-game ending.

Full Review… | October 23, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Although the Bakers, and Hoovers' connection to small-town Kentucky lends the movie a sweet, homegrown touch, it's hard not to wonder whether it would've been more compelling (and less cheesy) in more experienced hands.

Full Review… | October 23, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

Another inspirational film that rarely strays from the playbook, but first-time director Baker gives it some life.

Full Review… | October 23, 2014
Top Critic

From the director to the actors, there's an ease with the style here, as well as a lack of self-consciousness about the fundamentalist religious culture of the characters.

Full Review… | October 23, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for 23 Blast

I like Alexa Vega. She is a good actress, seems to really get into character, and she is very pretty.

Boogie Buddha
Boogie Buddha

23 Blast is like a cable movie. It has good intentions, but is executed poorly. It is filled with cliches.

Chris Fasano
Chris Fasano

Very inspirating! I find it funny how critics are calling it "predictable." It's a true story! What was the director suppose to do? Rewrite the ending of a movie based on a true story? Recommend this movie to football fans and anyone who loves a true story

Kylie Shrewsbury
Kylie Shrewsbury

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