“VISION COMES FROM WITHIN” – this is a very bold and big statement, and this movie proves that very thing, that vision does come from within.
23 Blast is a movie that is based on the seemingly improbable but true story of Travis Freeman. The movie starts out showing us a friendship between Travis and Jerry Baker that begins on the football field but lasts throughout their lives. The boys continued to play football and continued their strong friendship into their high school years.
As a high school football star in his junior year, Freeman was struck with an infection caused by bacterial meningitis that destroyed his optic nerve and rendered him completely blind overnight. At first, he is shocked and then angered, as well as his parents, his friends and his teammates. Travis didn’t want to leave the comfort of his bedroom at first, but his physical therapist didn’t accept his refusal. She challenged Travis to summon the courage to begin living a normal life again despite his total blindness.
Jerry Baker helped him, while the Corbin Redhounds High School football coach inspired him with the end result being that Travis was able to triumph over despair and fear with his victory over his blindness. His coach had great faith that he could play the game. Although he didn’t return to his former position as the star receiver, he instead played center and would hand off the ball to the quarterback, and he played an intricate part in helping the team advance to the State playoffs. Travis showed us true bravery as he took on the challenge of coming back to play football, no matter what position.
Jerry even had Travis driving his truck around the parking lot of the school!
The movie really made me think about how I would feel if I woke up not being able to see and whether or not I would blame God for the tragedy. I had to admit to myself that I would probably be angry at first, but that I would turn it over to God as I did when I was in my near-fatal car accident. I believe Travis experienced the same feelings I did – let go and let God, and that was what allowed me to persevere through the tough times, just like Travis.
Freeman battled his blindness. He could have stayed in the “dark” or he could look to the light, as in Christ being our light, which is exactly what he did. He gave me a lot to think about, and I think you will feel the same. There’s also a ton of cool music playing – I could identify TobyMac and Crowder, but I’m sure there were others.
It was really nice to watch a movie based on a true story that included Christianity while at the same time was not overpowered by religion. They show that a part of Freeman’s motivation was his Christian point of view. I don’t want to spoil anything, but be sure to look for the cameo in the movie. Oh, one final thing: at the end of the movie the show this Bible verse, 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we live by faith, not sight.” Could it be any more powerful? I think not.
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