23 Blast is based on the amazing 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.
I was given the opportunity to screen 23 Blast. The basic plot of the film is about the friendship between the 2 main characters: Travis Freeman and Jerry Freeman. The two of them became friends when they played peewee football, and they remained best friends in high school. One of the things that bonded them together was their passion for football. After Travis lost his eyesight resulting from an infection, he embarked on a difficult journey back to the football field. With the help of his parents, a physical therapist and his girl friend, Travis was able to return to high school to continue his education. At first, Travis thought that he would not be able to play football again. However, with the help of his teammates, he was able to return to play his favorite sport once again. In return, with Travis' help, the high school football team was able to advance to the state playoffs.
This was a heart warming film. Despite the unexpected tragedy that caused his blindness, Travis was surrounded by supportive family members and friends. Although the road back to normalcy was difficult, he was able to overcome all of the obstacles and raised above them. In addition to the basic message of how one's hard work could the person achieve his dreams no matter how impossible it might seem at times, I think that the underlying message about faith is equally wonderful. The film ended with a bible version: 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we live by faith, not by sight.” With his unswaying faith, Travis was able to play football again.
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Movie Website: http://www.23blast.com