It’s usually the first question people ask when I tell them that I went to see the movie, The Blind Side. Well, the movie was awesome with a great storyline, compelling characters, and it’s based on the book and true story, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis. On top of that, no, it’s not about a blind kid!
Instead, this is the true story of a very large, very tall teenager who lives on the streets because his mother is a crack addict and as a result, her addiction has literally torn their family apart when he and his siblings were removed from their home at a very young age. In scene after scence we come to understand how much this has impacted his life but in a heartwrenching twist, we also learn that the kindness of strangers, who eventually become like family, can make all the difference.
In case you’re still wondering why it’s called The Blind Side, it refers to the value of the left tackle in protecting the quarterback’s blind side in the game of football. The movie relies on showing actual footage of the career-ending injury that snapped Joe Theismann’s lower leg as it buckled under the weight of a tackle by the Giants’ Lawrence Taylor. Consider yourself forewarned, it’s pretty nasty but since they show it in the beginning you could always go out to get the popcorn!