Friday, January 30, 2015

Family Movie Night Giveaway: 23 BLAST

For the last 6 months, my middle son has been having some health issues that, depending on what we find, could potentially spell the end to his athletic dreams.  Soccer is pretty much his world. 

After every medical test, we brace ourselves for the results.  So far, we have no answers.  That’s good.  We’ve tested for some pretty serious stuff.  And bad.  Because, well, we have no explanations for the pain he is experiencing.

So it’s understandable that when he saw this DVD sitting on the coffee table, he took one look at the back and groaned.  “Did you get this for me to watch?”



He shot me a disbelieving look.

I held up my hand.  “Seriously. I didn’t.  The trailer just looked really good.”

“Yeah.  Well.  It looks like there’s a pretty strong parallel between this and me…and that would be something you would do.” 


But I honestly hadn’t thought about the parallel.

We invited a few friends over and had ourselves a movie night. 

23 BLAST is loosely based on the real life story of Travis Freeman, a teenage football star who loses his sight as a result of an infection.  Travis (played by Mark Hapka) must find the courage to carry on with his life.  It’s an inspiring story about overcoming obstacles and chasing your dreams. 

The beginning of the film was a bit sketchy and I thought I might lose my teenagers to the game system in the other room.  The dialogue left out important details that would have been helpful in understanding what was going on.  And the acting was questionable (as teens like to say), especially the hospital scenes with the doctor and his parents.

But my guys (and guests) hung in there and I’m glad they did.  Because the rest of the movie was really good!  Everyone (even all three boys) said it was a great movie!  It was funny, and touching, and totally inspiring.  And the life lessons in the mix were perfect for what my son may have to face.  I love it when God works like that!

I especially appreciated the extra features which told more about the real life characters on which the movie was based.  Travis Freeman goes on to become a pastor.  :)

I highly recommend this film!  

The rating is PG13 because of a scene where Travis’ best friend Jerry is seen drinking on school grounds.  But it is brief, and portrayed as the bad choice that it is. 

For a chance to win your own copy of this DVD film, please leave a comment below.  I will draw a winner from the comments on Friday, February 6, 2015.  Good luck!!

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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