Saturday, September 26, 2009

Protecting The Blind Side

On November 20, Warner Bros. will release The Blind Side. Based on Michael Lewis's book, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, the movie is based on the true story of current Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle, Michael Oher. With little hope of any kind of a future during his formative years (his father wasn't around and his mother was addicted to crack cocaine), Oher was tossed around from foster home to foster home. Eventually, he wound up at Briarcrest Christian School. There, he was discovered by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuhoy (whose daughter attended the school). The Tuhoys took Oher in, adopted him, and helped him turn his life around. Oher would eventually become one of the top high school recruits in the country, go on to be an All-American tackle at Ole Miss, and a first round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2009.

Sandra Bullock (who has just been pumping out movies lately) and Tim McGraw will play the Tuhoys. Relative unknown Quinton Aaron (Be Kind Rewind) will star as Michael Oher. The rest of the cast includes Kim Dickens, mostly known for television work in Deadwood and Friday Night Lights (which is a fantastic series by the way -- do yourself a favor and netflix the first season; you'll be hooked), Lily Collins, and youngster Jae Head (Hancock and, oddly enough, Friday Night Lights). While the movie certainly has the potential to be over-the-top cheesy and disappoint, it's got a great true story to work off of and has potential. And it's hard to watch the CBS special on him and not want to see the story. Here's the trailer:

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