What's On (Abu Dhabi) - - CONTENTS -

Jake Gyl­len­haal stars as Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing sur­vivor Jeff Bau­man in Stronger; spy movie se­quel Kings­man: The Golden Cir­cle; Michael Keaton plays CIA agent Stan Hur­ley in Amer­i­can As­sas­sin; mil­len­ni­als tem­po­rar­ily kill them­selves in the name of sci­ence for a Flat­lin­ers re­make

An Os­car-wor­thy per­for­mance for Jake?

Jake Gyl­len­haal stars as the real life Jeff Bau­man, a man who lost both of his legs in 2013’s Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing while supporting his girl­friend (Ta­tiana Maslany) near the fin­ish line. Like last year’s crime drama Pa­tri­ots Day, this pow­er­ful biopic takes an ex­ten­sive look at that ter­ri­ble day, but its main fo­cus fol­lows Jeff ’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ef­forts as he tries to find the strength to walk again. As a re­sult, what could have eas­ily been a schmaltzy sur­vivor story be­comes a gen­uinely emo­tional tale about a true hero, and could well bag Jake his first Os­car.

DIREC­TOR: David Gor­don Green CAST: Jake Gyl­len­haal, Ta­tiana Maslany

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