Friday, April 9, 2010

The Blind Side - Touchdown for the Heart

The Blind Side is a movie based on a true story about a boy Michael Oher (pronounced as Oar) who'd become one of America's best football player.

It was no ordinary story.

From a life of pure misery and poverty, no one would even expect that someone who had lived a battered life since birth would even be given a chance in this world.

The life of Michael Oher is clearly elaborated in the ending of the film. People like him just don't have the chance to make it in a world that is uncaring. Until a white couple, Leigh Anne and Sean Touhy decide to take the homeless young man under their care.

Leigh Anne is played by academy award winner Sandra Bullock and I can truly say that this is one movie she played her role well.

From a decrepit life, it is astounding that in the midst of all the bigotry and judgmental attitude people have, there are a few good people that see things differently.

On a cold, wet night, Leigh Anne and Sean's lives change overnight when they take Big Mike into their wings. Welcome him into their home. Treat him as a human being.

A human being.

It took one act of compassion to change a life. The day the Touhy's took Michael into their home, it changed their lives as well.

Isn't that what life is all about? How we treat others? How we see others not for what they superficially are, but for whatever good there is in them? And what good there is in the hearts of man, is what good we can expect man to return to others as well.

The film runs over 2 hours, but the excellently written script was inspiring and truly a great film that I recommend all should watch. Especially our children. Who during these most trying times become influenced by the sheer judgement one can simply make on other people.

Which reminds me on the recent news report on how three teenage girls in Massachusetts had bullied their 15 year old classmate. They had verbally abused her into committing suicide. Everyone knew about it. The teachers, the classmates, even the parents. And no one did anything about it. Until she took her life.

Life, is never a bed of roses to most of us. Not everyone is born with a silver spoon in the mouth so to speak or into a family that is well off. Many, if not most, have to strive harder to make it in this dog-eat-dog world. And fewer are those who are given second chances to shine.

The Blind Side is a simple story that shows you that if only one person would care enough to give people a second chance, we will see the good in others as well.

It's a must see movie, as it speaks from the heart. Bring your kids along. There is always a chance that they can be better people as well.

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