Stronger

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Star­ring Jake Gyl­len­haal, Ta­tiana Maslany. Di­rec­tor David Gor­don Green.

The truth be­hind this movie is so pow­er­ful that it would be hard for it to be any­thing other than com­pelling. It’s the story of Jeff Bau­man, an af­fa­ble un­der­achiever thrust in the na­tional spot­light af­ter los­ing his legs in the Bos­ton marathon bomb­ing. He also saw the bomber and was able to give the FBI a de­scrip­tion of one of the two broth­ers re­spon­si­ble. But the en­su­ing celebrity sta­tus in many ways wors­ened Bau­man’s or­deal and he be­gan to drink heav­ily, a prob­lem made worse by his al­co­holic mother. That raw­ness is the film’s strength: the hero is an or­di­nary guy who isn’t ashamed to be less than amaz­ing.

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