Stronger | Chicago Reader


Rated R 119 minutes 2017

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff Bauman, who lost both his legs above the knee in the Boston Marathon bombing of April 2013. Adapted from Bauman's memoir, this drama follows his physical and emotional rehabilitation after the blast, including his fraught relationship with his girlfriend, Erin Hurley, played with grit and sensitivity by Tatiana Maslany. Movies like this are supposed to center on love, family, and triumph, but director David Gordon Green, to his credit, tends to heighten the characters' least noble moments, such as Bauman's private meltdown after appearing on the ice at a Bruins game or his mother's stage-managing of his media appearances. The story ends with Bauman and Hurley marrying and becoming parents, though there's a nagging sense that the hero's story is far from over; before the movie was even released, the couple had announced their divorce. With Miranda Richardson and Clancy Brown.

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Director: David Green

Producer: Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michel Litvak, Scott Silver, Gary Walters, Riva Marker, Anthony Mattero, Peter McGuigan, Nicolas Stern, Jeffrey Stott and Alexander Young

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown, Lenny Clarke, Carlos Sanz, Frankie Shaw and Danny McCarthy




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