See the 23 Blast Movie ~ Hope Triumphs Over Despair

23 Blast

I am a big fan of movies and television. I love watching true stories because I am fascinated by all of the things that happens in our lives. I also get very inspired by those who persevere. We have all of the movies here in our house on DVD.

23 Blast is just such a movie. I finished watching it yesterday and I have to say that it is an amazing movie about just how much someone can overcome to reach their goals. The story is about a teenager named Travis Freeman who was a football star in Kentucky. He faces something tough to deal with for anyone let alone a teenage boy and manages to overcome the huge obstacles in his way.

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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.

23 Blast 8 23 Blast 9The movie follows Travis and Jerry Baker, his closest friend, from the time they meet on the football field as kids through high school. Baker’s attraction to the dark side of teenage temptations, beer and drugs, threatens to pull the friends apart. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.

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).

23 Blast is written by Bram Hoover (who also stars as Jerry Baker) and Toni Hoover, directed/produced by Dylan Baker (Spider-Man 2 & 3, 13 Days) and produced by Gary Donatelli and Toni Hoover. Executive producers for the movie include Daniel Snyder (owner of the Washington Redskins), Misook Doolittle and Brent Ryan Green.

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23 Blast was shot entirely on location in Corbin, Ky.

Travis Freeman has been busy since his football days. He recently earned a Ph.D. and is currently an instructor of religion at the University of the Cumberlands in nearby Williamsburg, Ky.

23 Blast won the 2013 Heartland Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award for Narrative Feature.

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If you have the chance, go see the movie. Get ready to cry and be inspired all at once.



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23 Comments Leave a Comment »

  1. That sounds like a great movie. I definitely want to see it.

  2. I’m such a sucker for football movies. We LOVE watching them!

  3. This looks like it will be a great movie for the family to see

  4. My husband LOVES football movies! I’ll have to tell him about this, he will be excited!

  5. This sounds like a great movie. I love flicks like this that promote the positives of sticking to something and doing something positive with your life no matter what.

  6. I love movies like this. They remind me that however frustrated with something I am at the moment, it could be worse. It also reminds me that I can overcome anything.

  7. This sounds like a really great family movie. I think this would be perfect to show to kids before they hit their teenage years and suddenly loose all sense of gratitude for everything they have. =D

  8. My nephew is going to love this movie. He’s all about football right now, and he always loves these “comeback” films.

  9. This sounds like a great movie. Rudy, Remember the Titans, and other movies like that have always been fun for me, so I’m looking forward to this one.

  10. Why is it that sports movies always make me cry? LOL This does look amazing…..on my list!

  11. Ann Bacciaglia

    I have not heard of this movie until now. 23 Blast looks like it will be a fantastic movie. I will add it to my watch list. Thanks for sharing and making me aware of it.

  12. This looks like a wonderful movie. I always love films that feature triumph over adversity.

  13. I have never heard of this but it looks amazing! I love when they make good movies with good morals. We need this nowadays. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Jennifer Williams

    That is such an amazing story, it is awesome that he did not let becoming blind bring him down. I actually ran a half marathon with a gentleman who was blind – it was such an amazing race.

  15. This sounds really familiar, I think I’ve seen the trailer somewhere before. Sounds great!

  16. val

    Such a great story! I haven’t yet heard about it until now. I’d love these types of movies!

  17. I love a Great movie. I can’t wait to see this one.

  18. This looks like one of those movies that will make me cry. I’ll have to add this to my list of movies to see.

  19. Sounds like a great movie. I bet my husband really would enjoy this! He likes football.

  20. I love the message behind this movie. It is great that the guy who this was based after is so successful now.

  21. Betsy Barnes

    This looks like a great movie! I love football movies, especially one that is so inspiring 🙂

  22. Looks like an awesome movie! I love “Feel good” movies!

  23. Julie Wood

    This looks like a very good inspiring movie. I like true stories and think that this is one that I would love to see.

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