The Rider

The 486th film I have seen in theaters…

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Chloe Zhao, a director to watch, delivers her second film- a true tale of a rodeo cowboy played by the people that actually lived through it.

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Brady Blackburn is a rodeo cowboy who is injured during a ride. He is told he can never ride again. This is the story of how he copes with the complete loss of his identity and his urge to ride again.

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This film stars The Jandreau family and friends. Untrained actors, they retell the real life story of Brady’s injury in 2016.

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Brady Jandreau plays Brady. The character is based on his own real life injury while riding a rodeo bronco. He carries the film, offering a sense of authenticity to the events, as he actually lived them.

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His real life father and sister, Tim and Lilly, play the roles in the film as well. Lilly is particularly adorable.

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Paralyzed Rodeo rider Lane Scott plays himself. His scenes were heartbreaking and powerful.

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Cat Clifford plays himself, Brady’s friend.

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This film was awesome. Zhao is a master of setting the mood in a film with little dialogue. She uses the Badlands scenery, a place I’ve been to and loved, to great effect. The Jandreau family also gives us a chance to see how real horse training is done, something that was fascinating for me, a horse novice, to watch.

This movie is an early contender for some Oscar love. 9/10

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