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23 Blast - DVD

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When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible total blindness, he must decide whether to live a safe handicapped life or bravely return to the life he once knew and the sport he still loves.Special Features: The Travis Freeman Story Whatever Happe... Read More

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When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible total blindness, he must decide whether to live a safe handicapped life or bravely return to the life he once knew and the sport he still loves.

Special Features:
The Travis Freeman Story
Whatever Happened to Jerry Baker?
Behind-The-Scenes Featurette with Dylan Baker
Descriptive Audio for the Visually Impaired

Product Details:
Dove Family-Approved for ages 12 and up
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 98 minutes
Released: 10/2014
  • Product type: Video
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: Jan 20, 2015
  • UPC: 602547126207
  • Language: English
  • Volumes/Discs: 1

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Family entertainment for mid-teens and up by Vera on 2/5/2015

When my husband first asked me to watch the movie "23 Blast" with him, I thought, "great, another low budget film!" But boy, was I wrong this time! The movie is loosely based on the life of Travis Freeman and includes the struggles of youth and disabilities during the teenage years. As a promising high school quarterback, Travis Freeman, suddenly becomes blind right before his senior year! (In reality, Travis Freeman became blind around the age of 12 years). The movie portrays Travis' battle with depression and his struggle to overcome his disability and the desire to continue to play football.

Being a nurse, I am naturally over-critical of movies that include hospital and medical scenes, and this one was no different. A few of the medical scenes were slightly inaccurate, but overall, they were believable!

One of Travis' childhood friends, Jerry Baker, is also portrayed during the story. Jerry, along with his coach, Mr Farris, encourage Travis to keep trying and not to give up. They help him believe in himself again. The story line also reveals the need and importance for team work. The movie also demonstrates the different paths of two teenage boys: Travis turns to his faith in God, while Jerry turns to drugs and alcohol. The movie does include scenes of teenage drinking (involving Jerry) and includes one curse word.

Overall, I recommend this movie for family entertainment for mid-teens and up. I think it would be a good opportunity to discuss the teen pressures of drinking and the need to say "no" to drugs and alcohol and to discuss the importance of Faith. Travis chooses to go on to college and earns a PhD in the ministry. In the end, some of the real folks portrayed in the movie are shown. The movie is dedicated to Jerry Baker.

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided to facilitate this review.

I highly recommend this story for families and youth groups. by Kathleen E. on 1/31/2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015
DVD ~ 23 Blast ~ based on a true life story, © 2014

for we walk by faith, not by sight --2 Corinthians 5:7
Excellent story of a courageous life and those coming alongside. The story doesn't stop here. Dr. Travis Freeman is an adjunct professor at the University of the Cumberlands. The movie centers around the Corbin, Kentucky, 1990s high school football team and the supporting community; to encourage and build a team, a safe team to build a life. Recognition is given to the mobility instructor who guided Travis in orientation, which was excellently portrayed. Travis lost his sight from an illness as he was entering the seventh grade. He had been part of the sports teams during his fifth and sixth grades. Travis continued through his high school years as a team member of the Corbin Redhounds.
I liked watching the involvement of his parents, coach, and friends with faith and You-Can-Do-It attitude. So important to be surrounded by those who love you and faith in God. I highly recommend this story for families and youth groups.

***Thank you to Propeller FlyBy Promotions Blogger Network for sending a product review copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

23 Blast Is An Inspiring Film & A Must See For Families by Incognito on 1/27/2015

Rarely is there a film such as 23 Blast that comes to theaters that provides a message and story that is not only inspiring, but has a positive and uplifting Christian message fitting for all members of your family. Grace, Love and Hope all have a presence within the film and will make an impact on anyone who watches it.

My kids have been watching the film on repeat since we picked it up last Tuesday.


LOVED 23 Blast!!! by Jordan M. on 1/22/2015

23 Blast was such an excellent movie to watch on the big screen! I'm excited to be the owner of the DVD and watch over and over again. The themes of overcoming obstacles, hope, and hard work are strong in the film. Travis Freeman's story should be heard by the masses, and I'm glad that I was able to learn many lessons from him.

Inspiring True Story by Lexi on 1/22/2015

Based on a true story, 23 Blast is an amazing story of overcoming adversity. It inspires me to trust God more and not be shaken by my circumstances. It shouldn't have been rated PG-13.It's definitely a film you can watch with your entire family. I highly recommend 23 Blast!

Outstanding! Everyone should see this movie! by Curtis on 1/20/2015

23 Blast is an amazing story of perseverance and grace! This must be a true story because only only God could write a script this good. The acting, direction, and overall quality is the best I've seen from a "Christian" film. This is a must see for everyone who has challenges in their life.

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