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Breakthrough

  • Drama
  • 2019
  • Roxann Biggs
  • 111 mins
  • 12A

Summary

When her adopted 14-year-old son falls through the ice on a frozen lake in Missouri, Joyce Smith refuses to give up as she stays by his bedside and prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John's recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. Fact-based drama, starring Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas and Topher Grace.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Based on a 2017 book by a devout American mother, this fiercely pro-faith film asserts God, collective belief and the power of prayer were the significant factors in the miraculous survival and recovery of a teenager trapped underwater for 15 minutes after falling through the ice on a frozen lake. The feature debut of prolific TV director (and Star Trek: Voyager regular) Roxann Dawson will appeal particularly to the more religiously inclined, while the overt religiosity and unabashed Christian outlook of such faith films may sit uncomfortably with those of a more secular persuasion. But these films are invariably decently made and acted, and Breakthrough is no exception. This Is Us regular Chrissy Metz makes her presence felt as the boy's mum, and Topher Grace and Josh Lucas bring modest star power to a slick if sometimes slushy against-the-odds drama that's perfectly watchable, whether you subscribe to its claims or not. However, a long, drawn-out ending may try the patience of both camps.

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Credits

Cast

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Joyce SmithChrissy Metz
Pastor John NobleTopher Grace
Tommy ShineMike Colter
Brian SmithJosh Lucas
Cindy ReigerRebecca Staab
Paula NobleLisa Durupt
John SmithMarcel Ruiz
Doctor GarrettDennis Haysbert
Dr Kent SuttererSam Trammell

Crew

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DirectorRoxann Biggs

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2019-05-17
Language
English
Formats
Colour
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