Movie: The Blind Side

The poster of the movie showed a blond Sandra Bullock leading a huge black guy in football gear down a football field. The tagline above said "Based on the extraordinary true story". With such a poster, you knew that you would be in for an emotional movie.

We caught a special Oscars 2010 showcase in the cinema this weekend for The Blind Side. The role in this movie earned Sandra Bullock her first Academy Awards nomination and win for the Best Actress award.

The movie was based on the book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis. There were two parts in the book - one on the evolution of the offensive football strategy, and the second on the true story of Michael Oher and Leigh Anne Touhy. The movie was based on the second part. I found an adaptation from the book on the NY Times website.

It was definitely an inspirational story. It was about Michael Oher, a black kid who was accepted to a mostly white private Christian school, and was living in the couch of foster families during that time. When Leigh Anne Touchy, who has a son and a daughter in the school, saw him and realised that he was homeless, took him in for the night. That was the beginning of a bond between the mother and a son. She took him under her wings and helped him become a football star. The movie ended when Michael Oher was accepted on a football scholarship and played for the University of Mississippi. During the credits, the movie showed clips of the real Michael Oher being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2009 NFL Draft.

I was moved by the heartwarming story, and I wish the real Michael Oher all the luck in the world. 

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