'Stronger'

Jake Gyllenhaal Shines as Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor in ‘Stronger’

April 15th, 2013 was a traumatic day that changed lives forever in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

The Boston Marathon Bombing was one of the most horrific events in the city’s history. Yet, despite their struggles, they came out of it stronger and people can now see the full extent of their bravery.

 

Jeff Bauman was a victim who was only there to cheer on his girlfriend when the bomb suddenly went off mere feet away from him. After losing both of his legs, he knew the future ahead of him would be a hard one. However, people from all over began reaching out to Jeff and, with the support of hundreds of thousands, he found the courage to share his story in his memoir Stronger.

 

Now that story is coming to the big screen.

 

'Stronger'

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Bauman’s memoir, which he co-wrote with Bret Witter, was released in theaters today. Above is a recreation of the famous photo of medics and a cowboy hat-wearing civilian pitching in to help the injured Bauman along with countless other victims.

 

Jake and Jeff

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The story is powerful and the struggles are raw and, at times, painful. However, Gyllenhaal does a fantastic job of capturing Bauman before the accident and during his harrowing return to normalcy. We get Jeff’s point of view as well as his girlfriend’s and those closest to him. Light is shed upon grief, guilt, love, but also bravery, strength, and the power of the human spirit.

 

If you haven’t seen the trailer, check it out here and for those who haven’t read Bauman’s memoir, we highly recommend it. Although it may be hard to relate to his traumatic experience, his perseverance is what gives the moments of doubt their meaning. This real-life story shows us that courage is universal for all.

 

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