A MOVIE REVIEW
“THE BLIND SIDE”
Dave Michael C. Marimon
II. Basic Information of the Film
* Title: The Blind Side
* Director's Name: John Lee Hancock
* Main Actors: * Quinton Aaron as Michael Oher * Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Touhy * Lily Collins as Collins Touhy * Tim McGraw as Sean Touhy
* Jae Head as Sean “S.J.” Touhy, Jr. * Movie Genre: Dramatic Movie
* Synopsis of the Movie
Michael Oher “Big Mike”, a homeless teenage African-American. Michael has no idea who his father is and his mother is a drug addict. Michael has been in foster care with different families throughout Memphis and Tennessee. Every time he is placed in a new home, he runs away. He was taken in by a well-to-do family - the Touhy's and offered a second chance at life. Michael is befriended by a boy named Sean Jr. "SJ". SJ's mother, Leigh Anne is a strong-minded interior designer and the wife of wealthy businessman Sean Touhy. After a late night Thanksgiving school play, Leigh Anne notices Michael walking on the road, shivering in the cold; when she learns he intends to spend the night huddled outside the school gym, she offers him a place to sleep at her house. The next morning, when she sees Michael leaving, she asks him to spend the holiday with her family. Slowly, Michael becomes a member of the Tuohy family, even as Leigh Anne's rich friends wonder what she is doing. One even suggests that her teenage daughter Collins is not safe around him, much to Leigh Anne's disgust.
When Leigh Anne seeks to become Michael's legal guardian, she learns he was separated from his drug-addict mother when he was seven and that no one knows her whereabouts. She is also told that even though he scored low in almost every category, he is in the 98th percentile in "protective instincts".
After his grades improve, Michael is allowed to join the school football team. Despite a shaky start, Michael dominates on the field. SJ sends out videos of the games to college coaches around the country. Leigh Anne discovers that to get a NCAA Division I scholarship, Michael needs a 2.5 GPA, so they hire a tutor, Miss Sue. Some of the teachers help out as well, and Michael ends up with a GPA of 2.52.
When coaches come to recruit Michael, Leigh Anne makes it clear that she prefers the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) as both she and her husband are alumni. Miss Sue, another Ole Miss alumna, tells Michael (who dislikes horror films) that the FBI buries body parts under the University of Tennessee for research; Leigh Anne particularly loathes that school. Michael commits to Ole Miss.
Eventually, Michael and the Tuohys become the subject of an NCAA investigation. The investigator tells Michael that the Tuohys are fervent Mississippi boosters, who are subject to special restrictions, and his high school coach got a job at Ole Miss after Michael chose the school. Michael confronts Leigh Anne, asking her if she only took him in so he would play football for her alma mater. Michael then goes to his birth mother's apartment in the projects. His old friends welcome him, but their leader makes crude remarks about Leigh Anne and Collins. In the ensuing fight, Michael dispatches three thugs and then flees the scene.
Leigh Anne searches for Michael. He finally calls her, and they meet. Leigh Anne tells him she will support any decision he makes. Michael satisfies the investigator by explaining that he chose Ole Miss because his whole family has gone there.
Later, Leigh Ann and her family take Michael to the Ole Miss campus to begin college.
* Critical Assessment
* Acting Quality
The acting quality was good enough to express the best emotions by the characters. The characters played a good role...
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