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23 Blast

4.5 (173 votes)
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Based on a remarkable true story, 23 Blast follows an up and coming football star who suddenly becomes blind overnight. With the love and support of this family and closest friends he proves nothing can dampen the spirit of a champion!

  • DirectorDylan Baker
  • Runtime: 1 hr 38 min
  • StudioGoDigital
  • QualityHD

Reviews about 23 Blast

Variety
Bill Edelstein
Variety

A fairly predictable yarn that's lighthearted and well-acted, if cast mostly with characters that are little more than tackling dummies.

Los Angeles Times
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

By-the-numbers inspirational trudgework.

New York Times
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

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.

Washington Post
Sandie Angulo Chen
Washington Post

Although the Bakers, and Hoovers' connection to small-town Kentucky lends the movie a sweet, homegrown touch, it's hard not to wonder whether it would've been more compelling (and less cheesy) in more experienced hands.

Newsday
Rafer Guzman
Newsday

Another inspirational film that rarely strays from the playbook, but first-time director Baker gives it some life.

San Francisco Chronicle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

From the director to the actors, there's an ease with the style here, as well as a lack of self-consciousness about the fundamentalist religious culture of the characters.

Cinemalogue.com
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

Despite some solid performances and gritty game footage, emotionally it falls short of the end zone.

Common Sense Media
Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Inspiring true-life tale about blind football player.

One Guy's Opinion
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

On the one hand, it's well-meaning and high-minded; on the other, it's obvious and predictable.

Guardian
Jordan Hoffman
Guardian

A football field is rectangular, but this movie's is hopelessly square.

Screen It!
Jim Judy
Screen It!

I'll be darned if I didn't react quite often to it the way all involved were presumably striving for. (Full Content Review for Parents also Available)

HollywoodInToto.com
Christian Toto
HollywoodInToto.com

23 Blast has a tiny budget and an uninspired script, but the bond between the leads is worth cheering.

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