Based on the book by Michael Lewis (who also wrote Moneyball) called The Blind Side: The Evolution of a Game which discussed the rise in importance of the Left Tackle (known as the blind side because it's the one place the Quarterback can't see) position in American Football and the story of Michael Oher. The film was hugely popular on release with Sandra Bullock in particular being singled out for praise and awards including a Best Actress award at the Oscars. It was released in 2009.
|Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) been told how to block by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock)|
The film very much focuses on Leigh Anne Tuohy who took Michael Oher into her home compared to the book that is more about Michael himself. There are quite a few key differences between what actually happened and the movie which as a big fan of American Football I wasn't so pleased with. The on-going investigation into whether the Tuohy family took Michael in so he could play Football for Ole Miss, their alma-mater and team they are boosters for, was very much underplayed and was very different in real life which is a shame as it was one of the first times that Michael really opened up as a person.
|Sean Tuohy Junior (Jae Head) with Big Mike|
3/4 great feel-good film but too many differences from the real events for an NFL fan like myself.