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Stronger tells the true story of Jeff "Boston Strong" Bauman, a man who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing, still managed to give a description of the bomber, and ended up an American hero/symbol. Not that he wanted that. And that's the real story here, and how the film subverts the way these kinds of stories are often told, i.e. with sentimental cloyingness. Jeff has to deal with becoming a vessel for other people's emotions, whether that's unconditional love, pride, hope, or awe, things he doesn't feel he deserves. To that psychological journey is added a procedural look at amputee rehabilitation, and a lot of real faces and voices (either local talent or people playing themselves) to add to the harrowing verisimilitude. And still, it manages to wring sincere tears from you. Jake Gyllenhall is always good, but Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany and Jeff's long-suffering girlfriend is the most emotionally engaging, while love her or hate her, Miranda Richardson comes up with such a real performance as his mom, I half-thought she was an unknown. Best supporting actress territory.
Very good acting. Also, very well played all family issues/tension and his personal growth.
Once again, another underrated Jake Gyllenhaal performance, shame on those who dont recognize the talent of this man
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