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The Blind Side

A 2009 movie directed by John Lee Hancock.

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Should this true story have ever been made a movie? Well, that was the problem

  • Apr 11, 2011
Michael Oher, also known as "Big Mike" (Quinton Aaron) is a teenage, homeless African-American who does not know who his father is, and has a drug addict for a mother. But one night driving home Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) sees Michael walking outside in the cold by himself. Going against her husband, Sean Tuohy (Tim McGraw), Leigh Anne picks Big Mike up and takes him to their home so that he can stay at least one night. Big Mike's body size is unusually large, especially for the all white christian school he goes to. With the Tuohy family being the biggest of football fans, they try their hardest to get him involved in sports, and he is certainly fitting for the line. This turns out to be a long and meaningful relationship between Big Mike and the Tuohy family.

Oh wow, this is about as big of a disappointment as it comes. I personally have seen quite a few football films that I love, and I am quite the big football fan myself. "Rudy" and "Friday Night Lights" are some of my favorites, the latter being the best football movie I have ever seen. But to start with, The Blind Side received generally positive reviews from the critical mass, some negative, but for the most part good reviews. And from family members, who I now know never to trust, some of them actually said this was the greatest movie ever made. Since I was obviously not very smart at this time, about a year ago, I was expecting a brilliant, touching story that is one of the best football movies ever. And honestly, after seeing it for the first time, I cannot explain how frustrated I was.

Let's begin with the problems involving the story. The Blind Side is drowned out with the non-stop praise of the great deed the Tuohy family has done where they take this young boy in and adopt him. I am assuming everyone who is reading this, whether they have seen the film or not, is familiar with the story and ending. But if you haven't seen this, what I say next could be considered a spoiler. I know, I know. Michael Oher becomes the amazing first round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens, just after being homeless and seeming as if his life was going nowhere. I do not want anyone to mistake what I am saying here, and I am not trying to say that what the family did was not a good thing. But let's look at it for a second. This family owns several Taco Bells, they obviously are in no way short of money, and the kids go to a private school. I just don't think it was that big of a deal that they picked this guy up off of the streets with the worry that he might "steal something". What they did was great, but i've personally known just as good stories, maybe I should write a screenplay and then people will say that is the best movie of all time. I guess that is where the world's taste in film has gone.

Next, and this is something I do not often criticise in a review, or even mention at all. It is possible that this was just my personal taste, but I absolutely hated the cinematography in this film. Everything about the movie was shot very bad, in my opinion. I somewhat felt like I was watching my family's old home videos, which is a tad overstatement, but you get the point. I haven't done much research on the cinematographer or anything, so maybe that is what the goal was, but either way I did not like it and it got on my nerves.

Now on to the acting, another frustrating part of the film. Sandra Bullock winning best actress? I don't think so. Bullock has had better performances in her romantic comedies that my mother is always watching. Her acting here was good, and that's about all the praise I can give it. She seemed very much like a rich southern lady, and for that I give her a thumbs up. But I was born and raised in the south, and if that is the best southern accent she can do, then she should watch Reese Witherspoon in "Walk the Line". Sandra Bullock is an actress that does deserve to have an Oscar, so maybe the Academy saw the chance to give her one and did. But see, that is the biggest problem. Though Sandra Bullock gave a good performance, but in no way even deserving of a nomination, she was by far the best actor in the film. The two kids were pretty bad. The little boy was not funny, as he was supposed to be, and I felt like I was watching two young actors who had memorized the script with a mechanical feel. It just wasn't very good. Tim McGraw was not too great either, but really, this is what you get when you put a country music star in a movie, it just isn't a good idea at all. But the man playing Big Mike, Quinton Aaron, was along with the others, not very good. He did have a pretty rough life, but I had a hard time feeling sorry for him. He did not seem like someone who had been through a lot, he seemed like someone trying to put the "poor pitiful me" face on. It was annoying, and I honestly wish they had found someone better to play the part. It doesn't help either that all the actors had the task of rising above a terrible script, which they failed to do.

Overall, The Blind Side has got to be one of the worst best picture nominees I have ever seen. For once, this past year, I feel like the Academy got the basic and important stuff right. But in 2009 they obviously did not. I mean, how on this earth was The Blind Side nominated over Crazy Heart? It was just ridiculous, and "Up" should have won best picture anyways. The script was bad, hurting the bad cast already. Sandra Bullock has a good, or decent performance here, but not even close to her best. I don't think I really need to say anything else about Tim McGraw, we all know he can't act. The rest of the actors just weren't that good either. I wish had of liked this more, I really wanted to, but I feel like a 2/5 is being generous here. "I just thank God and Lawrence Taylor." That's about as dumb as it can get.



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April 14, 2011
Aw, it was a bit dramatic, but I actually kinda liked this one and thought that Sandra Bullock was especially fantastic in it. I still need to watch Walk the Line though :P Thanks for sharing!
April 12, 2011
Most inspirational movies are highly cliched. This one I liked just for its diversion, I didn't think it made quite the impact as it should've have. I do love "Crazy Heart" :)
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review by . March 13, 2010
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Family ties
   When it comes to movies, it’s very important to choose the right person to be its lead casts. This is especially true when it comes to a story like The Blind Side which although is a true real life story, it is one that’s not well known in other parts of the world. What I mean by this is that a movie that’s more a drama than something like Avatar which has plenty of marketing promotional material before its release (or Star Wars for that matter), the story is driven …
review by . June 18, 2010
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I really enjoyed this tale about "Big Mike" or Michael as he prefers to be called.  We see Michael being forced to enter a school that doesn't want him because the football coach thinks he can be a great offensive lineman.    The school reluctantly takes him and because of his size people seem to be afraid of him.       Michael seems to live on the street, finding shelter at the laundromat.  One evening Sandra Bullock sees him walking …
review by . July 12, 2010
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In 2009, a little movie called The Blind Side sweeped into theaters and, for the most part, became one of those feel good movies that people decided was worth seeing.  And yes, The Blind Side is a feel good film that's uplifting.  But it's also pretty bland in the process.  Throwing in some of Hollywood's favorite stereotypes, but also making sure that in adapting from the book they simply took a small snippet of it and turned it into something really big.    …
Quick Tip by . January 04, 2012
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Not all sap is bad ... What rescued this from the terminally sappy was all the appearances by the real coaches. I'm not a huge sports fan but have lived in the SEC most of my life so it was a but of cute realism that worked.
review by . May 16, 2010
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      THE BLIND SIDE       I did not get to see this in theaters but I did hear nothing but good stuff about it, including one Sandra Bullock's performance. Then of course came the Oscar nomination and the win right afterwards, I hadn't seen the film but I was happy for her. Sandra has done some good stuff before so she earned it, although I had seen "Precious" and thought for sure the leading lady in that had it for sure [still do think she excellent …
review by . July 13, 2010
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I didn't expect to like this movie and intentionally passed on seeing it until after it's release on DVD. Okay, I was wrong...and promise to see all future Sandy B flix in the future--excluding (gasp) sequels to All About Steve, Demolition Man or The Lake House. Based on the true story of Michael Oher, a Black, homeless kid who becomes a standout football player with the help of a White, well-to-do family in the deep South. Leigh Anne (Bullock) is the tough-as-nails matriarch--a God-fearing …
review by . July 21, 2010
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I waited to see this at home for two reasons- 1. There was no way I could drag my husband to see it, and 2. I expected to cry buckets and prefer to do so in my own home. I was right now both accounts- not my hubbys choice in movies, and quite a tear jerker.      Sandy delivers the best acting I think that we have ever seen from her- and inspires everyone to do something about the wrong in the world. All of the acting was above par. Quinton Aron also suprised me- for a part with …
review by . July 13, 2010
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main reason i wanted to see this movie is because i had heard about the Touhy's story before.  i was excited to see the entire story and especially having sandra play the mom! sometimes i really need to watch something like this to know that there is still good hearts out there and that people may  actually be interested in watching these type of movies. makes it more exciting to know that it was based on real lives. glad they were able to have sandra  play the character of Mrs. …
review by . December 01, 2009
To change one life
   Had I not heard a reviewer comment that Sandra Bullock's performance in this film was "the greatest performance of her career," I probably would not have seen this movie.  What a loss that would have been.      I know that the film is already suffering under the "feel good" banner, and that's unfortunate; the type of cynical folks who generally avoid 'feel good' smarminess could stand to sit for a couple of hours and observe what can happen …
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
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Good job by the cast and director in putting together the movie. It's only failure is following the American cliche of someone becoming a superstar in a short period of time with very little previous experience. In reality Oher was a skilled player and not a novice when he went to the private high school.
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The Blind Side is a 2009 American drama sports film written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis. The storyline features Michael Oher, an offensive lineman who plays for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. The film follows Oher from his impoverished upbringings, through his years at Wingate Christian School (a fictional representation of Briarcrest Christian School, his adoption by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, and on to his position as one of the most highly coveted prospects in college football.

The film stars Quinton Aaron as Michael Oher, Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy, Tim McGraw as Sean Tuohy, Oher's adoptive parents, and Kathy Bates as Miss Sue, Oher's tutor. The movie also features appearances by several current and former National Collegiate Athletic Association coaches, including Houston Nutt, Ed Orgeron, Phillip Fulmer, Nick Saban, Lou Holtz and Tommy Tuberville, and recruiting analyst Tom Lemming.
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Director: John Lee Hancock
Genre: Drama
Release Date: 20 November 2009 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: John Lee Hancock
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
Runtime: 128 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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