The Blind Side by John Lee Hancock

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The Blind Side is written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and is a true story based on the book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis. The storyline features the life of young Michael Ohery. The movie takes viewers on a journey with Oher through his troubled childhood, to his years at Briarcrest Christian School, to his adoption by the Tuohy family, to college recruitment, and finally to a position on the Ole Miss’ football team. The movie is set in Memphis, Tennessee. The Blind Side emphasizes the importance of family, love, acceptance, “doing the right thing” as Leigh Ann Tuohy says, and mercy. The Tuohy’s actions and Michael’s story are not fiction, and this account will be shared throughout the world. Let the glory be to God. It is said that actions speak louder than words—that people will be remembered for what they do and how they love far more than for what they say. The innate transformational power of God’s love is witnessed through the acceptance, compassion, support, and perseverance of the Tuohy family. During most of his childhood, 17-year-old Michael Oher lived in foster care homes. After being placed with a new family, Mike would often run away to a friend’s home where we would sleep on their couch. At one time this friend’s father decided to speak with a coach at Wingate Christian School about receiving assistance in getting his son and Mike enrolled in the school. Coach Colton was impressed by Mike’s size and athletic abilities, but Mike’s academic records were poor. Putting this aside, the coach felt Mike needed to be at Wingate and admitting him was the right thing to do. When speaking with the other board members Coach Colton says “Christian! We either take that seriously or we pai... ... middle of paper ... ...d mother and nobody, not even Mike, knows who his father is. Sean, Leigh Ann, Collins, and SJ accept Mike as he is, with his poor academic performance, and without knowing of his excellent athletic abilities. They show love and mercy to him as they see he has no one to support him in this way. At first they believe he needs them, but they come to learn that they need him just as much. This film teaches people to go the extra mile. It shows that there is more to life than giving donations, paying for a meal or volunteering at shelter. This story is an example to Christians of how they are to open wide their arms to those needing shelter, food, and love. And if this is done, then the others may see Christ shine through them. Works Cited The Blind Side. Dir. John Lee Hancock. Perf. Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron. Warner Bros. Pictures, 2009. DVD.

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