Living Unstoppable: The Jay Platt Story


Living Unstoppable Jay Platt

Imagine if you were living your dream life. You’re happy. You’re content. You are living and doing exactly what you want. Life is great.

Now imagine if suddenly that was all taken away from you. How would you feel? Would you give up? Would you do a tailspin into a deep, dark depression?

For Jay Platt, having his world crash all around him provided him with the fuel to aspire to do more with his life and fulfill new dreams. He over came incredible odds and made a miraculous transformation into someone he never thought he could be.

Living Unstoppable: The Jay Platt Story is a documentary about Jay Platt.

Jay was living his dream life. He had always dreamed of being a Marine and served a 15 year career in the Marine Corps. He was happy and healthy. Then one day his dream life was suddenly shaken by painful news. Jay had a rare condition caused by cancer that affected his eyesight, brain, kidneys and spine. He was forced to retire from the Marine Corps, which was his life until now. He was also told to go home and live out the rest of his life because his best years were behind him. Another words, no one gave Jay any hope that he could enjoy the remained of his life afflicted with this horrible condition.

For most people something this devastating would be enough to bring even the strongest person down. Personally if I had to deal with something that destroyed my eye sight and ability to move around, I would be in a deep depression and probably want to rot away in a dark room somewhere. Not Jay. Jay didn’t see this as the end of his life. Instead he saw it as a new chapter in a new “book” about his life.

Jay set out to make the impossible – possible. He gone on to do things that even the healthiest of people would never attempt to do. For example, he swam across the Mississippi River handcuffed, feet shackled and blindfolded. Why you might ask? He did it to prove that it COULD be done. You simply had to set your mind to it and believe it was possible.

Jay is now a motivational speaker. He has dedicated his life into helping others “seize the moment” and actually LIVE every single moment. Most of us just go through the motions of our days – get up, go to work, come home, go to bed and then start your day all over again. Many of us live a lift similar to the film “Ground Hog Day” where it’s the same day over and over again. A lot of that has to do with people not living life. Often we hold back from doing the things we truly want to do over fear, or fear of our limitations. Jay wants to prove to you that you truly CAN do anything you set your mind on doing, and that limitations do not have to hold you back. The only limitation you truly have is your belief on whether or not you can do something.

There is a documentary available, Living Unstoppable: The Jay Platt Story. It’s available at some movie sits (Amazon.com carries the film).

 Jay Platt

My husband and I watched the documentary. I do have to make note that I love documentaries. I find them interesting and educational. My husband on the other hand is not a fan of documentaries, unless it has to do with sports. 🙂

Living Unstoppable appears to be filmed with handheld cameras. Maybe it wasn’t. It just appears that way (the video quality is not always the best – unless it was just my copy of the film).

The documentary features Jay telling viewers first hand about his life before and then after being diagnosed with all his medical issues. The film also interviews his family and friends and their thoughts about Jay’s condition and his unbreakable spirit. The film even shows his swimming the Mississippi River blindfolded, shackled and handcuffed.

The film was interesting, and Jay is certainly very inspirational. I did however find that the movie lagged a lot and lost my attention from time to time. It’s an interesting film, not an exciting one. My husband lost interest in it without about 10 minutes. Since I am reviewing the film I watched it to the end.

I could have done without some of the interviews and maybe focused more on his accomplishments since his illness. I do understand why the interviews were necessary. They helped viewers to get a better understanding about the man Jay Platt truly is.

I am certainly VERY impressed by everything that Jay has accomplished. I also love how passionate he is about inspiring others to live and “unstoppable life”.

If you are a true fan of documentaries and don’t mind ones that are not exactly filled with “bells and whistles” then you should enjoy this film.

For more information about Jay and the documentary please visit www.LivingUnstoppable.com. You can also check out his other site, www.JayPlatt.com. I even found a Facebook page for him called Unstoppable Insights. There you can find inspiring stories and quotes.

Here is the film’s trailer for your convenience. If you are reading this via e-mail you can find the trailer here, http://bit.ly/17qLOTw.



*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. I like movies that give you inspiration also. I don’t know if I would hunt this movie down to see. If it was on cable I would probably watch it. Thanks for your honest review!

  2. I love watching inspirational films. I am with you, if I lost my eyesight and could not get around on my own I would definitely get depressed. I am have some disabilities but can get around on my own even though I have to take frequent and long breaks, plus have to have help with most home cleaning jobs, shopping, etc and live with pain everyday. Even so, I do get depressed worse at times (but I do suffer from depression also).

  3. jamie braun says:

    sounds like a great inspirational story! love true life documentaries! sometimes the ones without the bells and whistles are the best

  4. Everyone needs some inspiration – perhaps this video will do that.

  5. Sandy VanHoey says:

    What a guy and I’d be just like you and be in a depression. An inspiration he is indeed. I’m not into many documentaries but to hear his story sounds wonderful knowing how he has done so much since his horrific news. Thanks for reviewing!

  6. sounds like a very inspiring person
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  7. Barbara Calder says:

    Love inspiration movies. I will check the library for this.

  8. That’s really inspiring considering the circumstances. I’m especially awed at the fact that Jay managed to swim in the Mississippi with not only his bodily restrictions but additional ones. I’ve found that those that are suddenly a victim of hardships can use that same hardship to propel themselves in such extraordinary ways. Sounds like Jay is yet another example. Thanks for sharing.

  9. This is so inspiring…I just made the decision to try to overcome my eating disorder, and it just really hit home about looking at this as the beginning of a new chapter, rather than the end of my life as I know it. My disease has been my life for more than a year now, and the prospect of shedding it leaves me wondering who I am. But now I think I’ll look at is as being born again, finding new interests, and discovering myself in the process. Thanks for sharing!
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  10. I need to check this one out. I’m a documentary junkie! And I definitely need the motivational content of it.