On 15 April 2013, two terrorists detonated bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds. Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), waiting at the finish line for his girlfriend (Tatiana Maslany), lost both his legs yet also identified the culprits.
David Gordon Green’s Stronger is one half of a nuanced, intimate depiction of public and personal trauma where easy answers are in short supply, recovery painful, and public heroes are private wrecks. The other half of Green’s latest is a far more formulaic affair, an ‘inspiring’ fable about triumphing over adversity and finding the strength to…you know the rest.
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