Breakthrough

Breakthrough

Roxann Biggs (2019)

116min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Cast & Crew

Joyce Smith Chrissy Metz
Pastor John Noble Topher Grace
Tommy Shine Mike Colter
Brian Smith Josh Lucas
Cindy Reiger Rebecca Staab
Paula Noble Lisa Durupt
John Smith Marcel Ruiz
Doctor Garrett Dennis Haysbert
Dr Kent Sutterer Sam Trammell
Director Roxann Biggs
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxReleased on: 17 May 2019