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The Blind Side

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Charity begins at Sandy’s…

The Blind Side revies

Combining two of the biggest audience-pleasing genres, the inspirational true story and the underdog sports yarn, The Blind Side has a great deal in common with director John Lee Hancock’s earlier baseball flick The Rookie.

Yet there’s something else at work in this tale of a homeless black teenager adopted by a kindly white family who enable him to realise his potential as a college and NFL football star.

For what that is, look no further than the Obama-popularised fist bumps that gentle giant Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) shares with his little brother SJ (Jae Head). It’s a gesture indicative of the anything-is-possible subtext that underpins this schmaltzy fable, one in which a simple act of blind faith – be it in a black teen or indeed a black commander-in-chief – can reap untold rewards. There’s no wonder Hancock’s picture scored a touchdown at the US box office, generating enough coin to make it the eighth biggest earner of 2009.

Yet The Blind Side ticks one additional box by having its plot driven by an indomitable, feisty mother in the Erin Brockovich mould – one reason, perhaps, why Sandra Bullock is currently winning a bunch of Best Actress awards. The Speed star is certainly as good as she’s ever been as the steely Southern Christian who turns Michael’s life around (and it’s undoubtedly a step up from All About Steve).

 Her work is hardly in the Meryl class though, compromised as it is by the film’s blanket refusal to contemplate if there was anything at all self-serving in Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy giving Oher room and board (was it just a coincidence he went on to play for ‘Ole Miss’, his gridironcrazy patrons’ beloved alma mater?).

Hancock tugs at the heart strings and wrings the tear ducts with the same ruthless efficiency as a Superbowl playbook. More than once, though, you’ll ask yourself if this all really is too good to be true.
 

Verdict:

Massaging the facts for extra movie sentimentalism, Hancock’s drama has a severe case of selective myopia. As feel-good multiplex fodder goes, however, it’s an emotional smartbomb.

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    • maxthomas

      Mar 14th 2010, 22:02

      5

      Great Movie, very good performance from Sandra Bullock, she is drawn to the path of a neglected teen who has a skill for american football, but lacks the relationship skills to ever perform in the real world. Bullock gives him the chance to grow as a person and realise his potential in the field of american football. This is a true story turned movie , which is delivered very well, keeping with the theme of the story this was based on. A film which delivers constant messages for adolesent teens growing up, how to strive with a passion, and given help, a goal can be reached. No matter how far away it is. MT

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    • jatc940

      Mar 19th 2010, 16:01

      5

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    • nc1234

      Apr 9th 2010, 12:52

      4

      excellent movie heartwarming

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    • lukedriver1995

      Apr 24th 2010, 19:21

      2

      I had to give the film some credits because it actually does have it's heart in the right place but the plot isn't all that interesting without any surprises or imacted. What kept me with it was Sandra Bullock. She delivers a wonderful performance and the other actors are pretty good also. Now what brings it down is it's heavily cliched script and didn't care much what was going to happen, it just sat on screen without doing anything half the time. It's watchable but didn't think it was all that good but there is an audience who will enjoy it, I just thought it was very bland.

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