I watched this movie last night and it was really well done, but indeed, a bit intense to watch. The story is about Jeff Bowman who had been standing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when a bomb went off right near his feet. Jeff's legs were literally blown off and the heartbreaking images of him being rushed out of the area in a wheelchair with his mutilated legs for all to see were beyond gruesome.

The story focuses, not on the horror of his wounds or the bombers or even anything of the investigation, except for one thing. Jeff actually locked eyes with the bomber who placed the pack containing the bomb right near him. He was unconscious for quite some time, but when he came to, he was able to write a note saying that he knew who the bomber was and provided critical information to the FBI.

We follow Jeff in this story as he comes to terms with what his life will be like without his legs. He lost both legs right above the knee. It was very hard for him to accept the massive change in his life and we experience in this film how this barbaric act affected not only Jeff, but those around him.

Jake Gyllenhaal played the lead brilliantly. When I can watch a performance like that and not keep thinking about Jake, but instead, empathize with what Jeff was having to live through, it is remarkable.

I recommend this movie...for Jake's performance, for the sense of closure regarding what happened to Jeff Bowman and his bravery in sharing his story with us.

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