In the past year we’ve had two movies focusing on the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. Peter Berg’s masterful Patriots Day (click here for review) gave a macro view of the event and the manhunt for the bombers. Stronger serves as a companion film, focusing not so much on the bombing, but on the effect it had on the lives of one of the victims: Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal). Unflinching in its look at the price of recovery and the struggle toward redemption, Stronger sometimes errs on the side of making its subjects so “human” that the audience loses sympathy. Ultimately, though Stronger’s subjects and the film itself hit their stride and the lasting feeling is one of inspiration.
Following on the heels of last year’s outstanding Patriots Day is another film telling the stories of inspiration that spun out of the horror that was the Boston Marathon Bombing. Based on the book by the same name, Stronger tells the story of one of the victims of that 2013 attack. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a victim of the bombing who aided the police in the capture of the bombers and inspired the city of Boston in their darkest hour. I’m so glad that Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany is now getting some major film roles after the series has wrapped, and more people will get to see her astounding talent. Directed by David Gordon Green, Stronger opens in theaters September 27, 2017.