Michael Oher’s magical story told in new hit film ‘The Blind Side’

By Danielle McLaughlin
November 19, 2009

Lauren Sliva

Lately most of the “new releases” being seen in movie theaters are actually remakes of old movies. However, on Nov. 20, a movie called “The Blind Side” will change this remake streak.

This movie is based on a book, also titled “The Blind Side” by Michael Lewis. Both the book and the movie are based upon the same true story about the life of Michael Oher.

Oher was a young African-American teen from a broken home. He was homeless until the Touhys, a wealthy family, took him into their home. Oher took a liking to football and began to play for his high school team.

“When you grow up with nothing, it’s only a matter of time until you realize that there is something to live for, hope,” Erica Kanu, sophomore graphic design major, said.

Oher stands out on his high school football team not only because of his skill, but also because of his tremendous size. Oher’s size and talent drew college coaches from across the country to watch him play.

This anticipated movie seems like it is going to be one of those movies that stands out for a while.

“I really want to see the movie because it looks interesting and it looks like a lot of people will be inspired by it,” Amanda Robotti, sophomore undeclared major, said.

This movie explores many topics such as the issue of race, poverty and charity, making it a tear-jerker and an inspiring film. Based upon the book, this story is definitely one that will be remembered. Success is the key ingredient. For Oher, success in the classroom leads to success in sports.

“I cried when I saw the preview because it was really emotional and it was real life,” Ashley Perri, sophomore nursing major, said.

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