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Full Circle movie review & film summary (2023)

Faced with a traumatic injury that leaves you permanently disabled, how would you reinvent yourself? Trevor Kennison's life was forever altered by a broken back - for worse and for better, in equal measures.

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“We don’t always choose our adventures,” wrote Barry Corbet. "Adventures often befall us.” He advised readers to “see everything as an adventure.” And he urged them to give to the world “extravagantly.” The first episode of Full Circle, the latest crime drama to be released on Max, has been made available to stream online for free. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's 11, Magic Mike), the crime thriller only made its Max debut on July 13. However, just over two weeks – at the time of writing – after its final episode aired on July 27, Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has decided to release episode 1 online in a bid to attract new viewers. So, where you can watch it? YouTube, of course. Anyone interested in checking out Full Circle's first installment can head to the official Max YouTube channel, scroll down the page until they reach the 'New in 2023' section, and click on Full Circle's first episode (it's the third video that pops up). Alternatively, you can watch the episode via the YouTube embed below: 7 Facts About Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' This advice comes at the end of his 1980 book, Options: Spinal Cord Injury and the Future. When he wrote it, Corbet thought of his life in two chapters. In chapter one, he was in the first team of Americans to climb Mount Everest, made the first ascents of Antarctica’s highest and second-highest peaks, and set many other records in mountain climbing. His second chapter followed a helicopter accident in 1968, which left him with a severe spinal injury. At that time, just 50 years after sulfa drugs and antibiotics first made it possible for people with lower body paralysis to survive more than a few months, before the Americans with Disabilities Act and more recent developments in physical therapy and rehabilitation, Corbet was released from the hospital without any plan for occupational therapy or anyone suggesting he might find his way to a meaningful life. The most touching parts of this documentary are learning how Corbet, who died in 2004, gave others what he was not given: a road map for moving forward after spinal injury, physically, emotionally, and, at least for some, spiritually. At his life's end, Corbet realized it was all one chapter. “Full Circle” twins Corbet’s story with that of Trevor Kennison, who injured his spine attempting a 40-foot ski jump in 2014. Kennison is the beneficiary of the efforts by Corbet and others to give those with severe spinal injuries opportunities to make the most of their abilities and their lives. Kennison learns to develop satisfying goals and set new records. He plans for a spectacular stunt at the location of his accident. We see how the two core principles of his previous life--determination, and daredevil risk--continue to be his foundation. Most people with major spine trauma initially focus on walking as a goal because it would be a return to what they could do before. But we learn, as Trevor does, that when that is not possible, other goals, some exceeding what they considered possible before, can be even more satisfying. Kennison wants to exceed what anyone considered possible for any athlete, even fully abled. The thought of being the first sit-skier to do a double-back flip off a ski jump makes him feel alive and powerful. In Corbet's words, “What was impossible yesterday is today’s absolute limit and tomorrow’s commonplace.” Kennison is not a disabled athlete; he is just an athlete. Before his accident, he was a plumber who loved to snowboard. Afterward, he became something beyond his imagination before the accident, a full-time athlete with sponsors.


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