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23 Blast

MPAA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPAA) for some teen drinking.
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Teens Adults Family
Family Sports Drama
1 hr. 38 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
October 3, 2014 (limited)
October 24, 2014 (wide—617 theaters)
DVD: January 20, 2015
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Relevant Issues
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hope can triumph over despair

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blindness in the Bible

trying to cope with loss of eyesight

courage / true bravery

overcoming disability to play football, teach and serve God

faith overcoming fear

FEAR, Anxiety and Worry—What does the Bible say? Answer

teenage drinking

about the book Lights Out: Living in a Sightless World by Travis Freeman

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Dealing with depression

DEPRESSION—Are there biblical examples of depression and how to deal with it? Answer

What should a Christian do if overwhelmed with depression? Answer

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demonstrating love for others

What is true Christian love? Answer

inspiring others to do good and great things

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The issue of suffering

Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer

What about the issue of suffering? Doesn’t this prove that there is no God and that we are on our own? Answer

Does God feel our pain? Answer

ORIGIN OF BAD—How did bad things come about? Answer

Did God make the world the way it is now? What kind of world would you create? Answer

Teen issues
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Featuring: Mark Hapka … Travis Freeman
Bram Hoover … Jerry Baker
Stephen Lang … Coach Farris
Max Adler … Cameron Marshall
Alexa PenaVega … Ashley
Dylan Baker … Larry Freeman
Kim Zimmer … Mary Freeman
Becky Ann Baker … Patty Wheatley
Timothy Busfield … Duncan
Deirdre Brennan … Mrs. Crawford
Kevin Cooney … Coach Burley
Alicia Cox … Mama
Crystal Hunt … Molly
Schann Mobley … Tess
Angel Laketa Moore … Karen
Scott Sowers … Mr. Marshall
Fred Dalton Thompson … Coach Powers
Isiah Whitlock Jr. … Dr. Connelly
Director: Director: Dylan Baker—his directorial debut
Producer: Touchdown Productions LLC
Toy Gun Films
Distributor: Ocean Avenue Entertainment

“Vision comes from within / Based on an incredible true story”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible, total blindness, he must decide whether to live a safe, protected life or to summon the courage through playing football to step back into the world.

‘23 Blast’ is based on the amazing, true story of Travis Freeman. A typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky, Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve; he becomes blind overnight.

Under the influence of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Travis shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, helping his team advance to the State playoffs. We follow Travis and Jerry Baker, his closest friend, from the time they meet on the football field as kids through high school. Jerry’s attraction to the dark side of teenage temptations threatens to pull the friends apart. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.

Depicting a story of hope triumphing over despair, of courage and faith overcoming fear and of victory prevailing over adversity, ‘23 Blast’ is designed to encourage and uplift audiences.”

Violence: Minor
Profanity: “Oh dear Lord,” “d*mn” (4), “h*ll” (2)
Sex/Nudity: Mild

Editor’s Note: Travis Freeman has been busy since his football days. He became a pastor and earned both a Ph.D. and Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently an adjunct professor of religion at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

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Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Positive—Great entertaining show that inspires you to conquer your setbacks and gives God the glory. It is a Christian movie with a production level of “Facing the Giants” and “Do You Believe?”. Well done, with casting and good quality. Safe for the whole family; teenage drinking is why the rating was set. But it’s not glorified; it’s part of the real life story, and it shows the consequences that come with it.

We watched this with our teen children, and it was a great talking point about how bad choices can ruin your life. There’s no sexuality in the film, only a single kiss between the main character and girlfriend. I highly recommend this great film to friends and family. I wish there were more movies like this one.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
Heather, age 38 (USA)

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