Sports films tend to be excellent mediums for demonstrating the perseverance of the human spirit. They are also an excellent platform for promoting social acceptance and awareness. Think of films like Remember the Titans (overcoming racial barriers), Miracle (the underdogs band together to beat overwhelming odds), and A League of Their Own (women show they can play the game too). Well this week movie-goers will, again, have the chance to see two new sports dramas that focus on the resilience and determination of dedicated athletes.
First up is a film called Stronger from director David Gordon Greene. The film is based on the life (and memoir) of Jeff Bauman, the runner who tragically lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Following the incident, Bauman underwent intense physical therapy in an effort to learn how to walk and run again with the help of state-of-the-art prosthetics. He famously threw the opening pitch at the Boston Red Sox alongside Carlos Arredondo a few days following his surgery (Arredondo is pictured below in the cowboy hat, helping medics get Bauman away from the site of the infamous bombing). Screenwriter John Pollono adapted the script from Bauman’s memoir.