119 minute running time so at least 20 to 30 minutes too long. Boston Marathon bombing story. I like Jake Gyllenhaal even though he has an impossible to spell last name. I think he’s talented and hard working (“Nightcrawler” was one of my Ten Best movies from 2014).
There was a class angle here that interested me … Jake’s family is working class, stereotyped as a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking, dumb bunch. But his girlfriend is from a more solidly middle class family, so the dynamic between her and his morons-with-hearts-of-gold family was fun to watch.
They CGI’d out his legs to get those realistic looking stumps… very high tech. There was a weird sort of product placement for CostCo employee healthcare benefits, which gave me pause… I’d love to know what his whole recovery cost in dollars and cents terms, given the obscene costs people face in the corrupt US healthcare system.
It wasn’t terrible, but I can’t recommend it either… yellow rating.