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23 Blast

Drama . Family . Sport

When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible total blindness, he must decide whether to live a safe handicapped life or bravely return to the life he once knew and the sport he still loves.

Actors: Mark Hapka , Bram Hoover , Stephen Lang , Max Adler , Alexa PenaVega , Dylan Baker , Kim Zimmer , Becky Ann Baker , Timothy Busfield
Directors: Dylan Baker
Country: USA
Release: 2014-10-24
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  • Mick LaSalle

    There’s the sense here that living in a tiny community can either make you bigger or smaller, and in 23 Blast we see both types, from the petty to the stoic and self-reliant.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Bill Zwecker

    The message of inspiration is strong and certainly qualifies as solid family entertainment. I only wish there were fewer trite truisms scattered throughout the script and less predictable dialogue for the solid troupe of actors to deliver.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Stepping behind the camera, versatile actor Dylan Baker makes an assured directorial debut, drawing spirited performances from his seasoned cast while mainly steering clear of the usual, treacly movie-of-the week conventions that often go with the territory.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Dylan Baker's film bests larger-budgeted fare like When the Game Stands Tall thanks to ace acting, a humble spirit, and all-around sturdy craftsmanship.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Bill Edelstein

    A fairly predictable yarn that’s lighthearted and well-acted.

    Variety Full Review
  • Sandie Angulo Chen

    Despite the decent performances, the script by first-time screenwriter Toni Hoover (who reportedly Googled “how to write a screenplay” after deciding to chronicle the story of her blinded football-playing friend) swings from flat to overly sentimental, while Baker’s rookie direction is predictable and occasionally confusing.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Once tragedy strikes, the clichés in Bram and Toni Hoover's screenplay win out, and Baker never stirs up enough energy to make it feel any different from a thousand other tales of underdog triumph.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Although the film has moments when it’s serious about exploring the challenges that someone in Travis’s situation faces, it ultimately prefers to be just another football movie with a hokey big-game ending.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    It is a heartfelt, earnest piece of flatly lit Americana, made in a hypnotically dull style usually associated with mid-century industrial filmmaking.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Josh Kupecki

    23 Blast is a well-acted inspirational sports drama that never quite rises above the treacly mire of cliches that seem inherent to the genre.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
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