The Blind Side - UGPulse Reviews

The Blind Side - UGPulse Reviews

A story of faith and opportunity.

By Afriplus Movie Reviews
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First published: August 17, 2010

(USA) Release Date: November 20th, 2009

Director: Steve Shill

Main Cast: Sandra Bullock, Quinton Arron

Genre: Drama

The Blind Side

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UGPulse Rating:

Who can transform a good for nothing fat chap into an amazing and most sought after sportsman? Well, one woman can.

Watching The Blind Side, one stops to think about how much one can do if only they believed in themselves. Or, imagine there was an opportunity for the youth who waste away on the streets – then, we need some Leigh Anne in our communities.

Plot:

This is a true story of Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy who adopt a homeless and dejected African-American teenager, Michael "Big Mike" Oher.

In The Blind Side, Michael is fatherless and his mother, is not in her right mind.  The poor teenage is left to fate as he loiters around the neighbourhood, but, everyone looks him down.

Though the movie starts when Michael is at some school, he has had little formal education and he has come to believe he is no good for studies, let alone having very few skills to enable him study.

Leigh Anne (Sandra Bullock) spots him and gives him what would turn out to be the greatest gift in his life – faith and opportunity.

Because Leigh Anne’s son loves baseball, Michael too embraces the game. And she stands by him all the way, despite her husband’s earlier disinterest in the “big boy”. What follows is Michael getting a personal trainer, who teaches him to use his big mass to win trophies for his team. That comes together with a family that lives in a loving atmosphere and tutor to help him improve his grades in school for him to qualify for an athletics sponsorship at college.

Attitude and hard work play a big role as Michael transforms his tormented past, into a promising future.  He was a poor young man, with negative self destructing image of an oversized and less-educated African American – here he becomes a baseball player sought after by the best colleges he just dreamt of.

Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy and Quinton Arron as Michael Oher

Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy and Quinton Arron as Michael Oher.

Review:
In short, it is some 129 minutes of inspiration – eh, schools and parents need it. Just in case, there are young ones who need a dose of how to find their campus in life.

The Blind Side redefines racial relations in the US, and it shows that white families are not closed as such to their black counterparts – one might beg to differ because it is one of the reasons this story stands out.

The emphasis is – in case black children get an opportunity and faith in themselves, they can go places.

Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy and Quinton Arron as Michael Oher

Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy and Quinton Arron as Michael Oher.

In one word – the film is “inspiring” not just because it is backed by Sandra Bullock’s big talent, but also, because it carries lessons for everyone, in today’s world when the privileged close their doors on the less privileged.

 I love baseball and I can say this one movie made me love the game the. The direction and cinematography grabs attention as the story unfolds – no wonder, this drama fetched an Oscar.

For me, The Blind Side scores A, as it is one of the movies that you can keep on the shelves for children, relatives, friends –everyone who passes by could love it. May be, each one of us needs to discover their blind side!

Arron as Michael Oher
Arron as Michael Oher.

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By Afriplus Movie Reviews
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First published: August 17, 2010
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