Movie review: ‘Gleason’ follows NFL star’s conflict with ALS

August 13, 2016 - als

Steve Gleason has stared down ALS with indifferent resolve, and so does a documentary about his life.

“Gleason” chronicles a former New Orleans Saints star’s conflict with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, improved famous as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and it shows — in stark, indifferent fact — Gleason’s decrease during a hands of a disease. Rarely do we see such a oppressive demeanour during a person’s delayed lapse on screen, though “Gleason” is there for each step and doesn’t spin away.

Gleason was a linebacker for a NFL’s Saints and scored a career (and civic) prominence when he blocked a punt during a team’s initial diversion behind during a New Orleans Superdome following a disadvantage of Hurricane Katrina. After his retirement from football in 2008, he’s diagnosed with ALS, and shortly afterward his wife, Michel, found out she was pregnant.

Gleason began recording video diaries for his unborn son, that form a basement of “Gleason.” He also explores his mostly quarrelsome attribute with his father in a array of interviews where a dual strife over issues of faith and salvation.

As a film about disease, fathers and sons, and a strains that caretaking can put on marriage, “Gleason” works on several levels. It’s during times fortifying and during others it hits like a pouch of bricks. It’s a first-class weepie that will transparent out your quarterly subsidy of tears. However many Kleenex we consider we should bring, double it.

A few summers ago, everybody was transfer buckets of H2O over their conduct to lift recognition of ALS. “Gleason” does some-more to lift recognition of ALS than an ice bucket ever could. It’s a dash of cold H2O to your senses.

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Rated R: for language

Running time: 110 minutes

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