Friday, December 15, 2017

Stronger (2017)

Cast:  Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Frankie Shaw. 119 min. Rated R. Biography/Drama.

It's a Boston marathon survivor true story, so you predict it'll be another "if-we-give-up-the-terrorists-will-win" kind of movie. But then you realize it's a heart-wrenching exploration into a handicapped person's life: how he/she is totally misunderstood, how close ones act out by annoyingly rambling on, how others compensate by just quietly leaving the room. You build hope that this movie is different. But then ... the last half hour, with admirable intent, devolves into another "if-we-give-up-the-terrorists-will-win" kind of movie. Of course it's an inspiring tearjerker, but if not for spellbinding performances by Gyllenhaal, Maslany and Richardson, this would've been a So-So.

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