I live in Texas. The home of those infamous Friday night lights. We LOVE our football. We love all football (we have 2 professional football teams in our state!) but we especially have that special soft spot for high school football.
I grew up in a small town on the outskirts of Houston. It was one of those “shut the town down” types when it came to the Friday night varsity football games.
Therefore, I love the nostalgia of a good high school football movie !
I recently heard about the film 23 Blast.
23 Blast is based on the amazingly true story of Travis Freeman, who was 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. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.
What a story! The fact that it is based on a true story makes it that much more alluring. I haven’t heard much press about this film, so I wanted to take a moment to share the trailer with you. We all could stand a bit more inspiration in our lives!
The film stars Stephen Lang (Avatar, Terra Nova), Alexa Vega (Spy Kids, Machete Kills), Mark Hapka (Day of Our Lives, Criminal Minds), Max Adler (Glee), Bram Hoover, Kim Zimmer (Guiding Light, One Life to Live), Becky Ann Baker (Men in Black, Freaks and Geeks, A Simple Plan) Timothy Busfield (Field of Dreams, thirtysomething), Dylan Baker, and Fred D. Thompson (Sinister, Law & Order, Die Hard 2).
This film is rated PG 13 and will be in theaters starting 10/24/14.
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