The Blind Side

D: John Lee Hancock
Warner Bros./Alcon (Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove & Broderick Johnson)
USA 🇺🇸 2009
123 mins


W: John Lee Hancock [based on the book 'The Blind Side: Evolution Of A Game' by Michael Lewis]
DP: Alar Kivilo
Ed: Mark Livolsi
Mus: Carter Burwell
PD: Michael Corenblith
Cos: Daniel Orlandi

Sandra Bullock (Leigh Anne Tuohy), Tim McGraw (Sean Tuohy), Quinton Aaron (Michael Oher), Kathy Bates (Miss Sue), Lily Collins (Collins Tuohy)

The Blind Side is a biographical drama about Leigh Anne Tuohy, a tough-as-nails mother who adopted Michael Oher, a homeless black teenager, and inspired him to become a famous American Football player.
The film features a very strong performance from Sandra Bullock, who won an Oscar for the performance, but the drama's unsung hero is Quinton Aaron as gentle giant Michael.
Although the American Football scenes and references were lost on me as somebody who has no particular interest in the sport, I still appreciated the inspirational and emotional rags-to-riches story at the heart of the movie.

Quinton Aaron & Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side
Quinton Aaron & Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side
Did You Know:
When Quinton Aaron auditioned for the film, he was working as a security guard between acting gigs. After his audition, he left a card with his contact information and offered to work as a security guard on the set in case he wasn't selected to play Michael Oher.