Jake Gyllenhaal learns to walk again in “Stronger”, based on the emotional true story of Boston Marathon bombing victim, Jeff Bauman, who became the city’s symbol of hope. “Orphan Black” star and fan-favourite Tatiana Maslany lands her first starring role in a major movie as Bauman’s ex-girlfriend.
The film begins as Bauman runs the Boston Marathon in an attempt to win back his ex-girlfriend and fellow runner Erin Hurley (Maslany). While waiting for her at the finish line, Bauman is caught in the explosion, losing both of his legs in the attack. After waking up in the hospital and helping Boston police identify one of the bombers, Bauman faces an emotional and physical journey as he struggles with months of rehabilitation and a city that sees him as a symbol of hope.
It’s the second film about the Boston Marathon bombing to hit theatres this year, after the Mark Wahlberg movie “Patriot’s Day”. But other than using the tragedy as a setting, there doesn’t seem to be much in common between the two films.
Anchored in Gyllenhaal’s emotional performance, “Stronger” is a character study on one man’s struggle to rebuild his life in the aftermath of the bombing and is already being pegged as one to watch come awards season.
Directed by David Gordon Green, “Stronger” co-stars Miranda Richardson and Clancy Brown and will hit theatres on the very awards-friendly date of Sept. 22.