'Stronger' Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal Leads Emotional Boston Marathon Drama

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Giugno 23, 2017

It's the second film about the Boston Marathon bombing to hit theatres this year, after the Mark Wahlberg movie "Patriot's Day". To me, this looks like a much better way of approaching the topic, and it looks like an emotional, inspiring story about overcoming adversity and personifying the term "Boston Strong". There is the possibility that the film could lean more towards the schmaltzy and cliched side than the authentic and genuinely emotional side, but the trailer explores complex themes of guilt and blame in a bad situation that already seems to put Stronger above many generic dramas. It looks like he'll deliver an emotionally devastating performance in this one (it cuts like a knife when he screams "I showed up for you!"), and hopefully he makes the real Bauman proud.

Stronger follows the true story of Jeff Bauman, a regular Boston man whose life was forever changed when he lost both of his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon terrorist bombing. As the narrative unfolds, Bauman turns up at the marathon in the hopes of winning his ex-girlfriend (Maslany) back.

Stronger is in theaters September 22. As he waits by the finish line, the fatal blast occurs, and he loses both of his legs in the explosion. In addition to being the subject of one of the most widely-circulated photos from the attack, Bauman was also able to help the police identify the suspect in the bombing.

The film also stars Academy Award nominee Miranda Richardson and Clancy Brown, and is directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Our Brand is Crisis) from a screenplay by John Pollono based on the book "Stronger" by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter.

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