Jake Gyllenhaal Is An Oscar Contender As A Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor In 'Stronger'

As is 'Orphan Black''s Tatiana Maslany.

Stronger (M18) 

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany

Directed by David Gordon Green

Jake Gyllenhaal is setting off awards season alarms with his stirring portrayal of Jeff Bauman, a regular bloke who lost his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. In lesser hands, Stronger — based on Bauman’s memoir — could have easily been turned into a schmaltzy Lifetime Movie of the Week.

That didn’t happen on director David Gordon Green’s watch. He approaches Bauman’s struggles (with his disability and him being hailed a hero) like a documentary, drawing heartfelt performances from his actors — including Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany as Bauman’s on-off girlfriend and Miranda Richardson as his boozing mother — while keeping things saccharine-light. (***1/2)

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