(Chrissy Metz, Topher Grace, Josh Lucas, Mike Colter, Rebecca Staab, et al / Blu-ray+DVD+Digital / PG / 2019 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: When her 14-year-old son drowns in a lake, a faithful mother prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed.
Blu-ray Verdict: 'Breakthrough' is a very heartfelt movie that will make you cry and laugh at the same time.
Based on a true story with a strong religious theme, 'Breakthrough' is a perfect movie to enjoy with your family.
It doesn't matter what your religion is: it is very easy to connect with this story and to feel very emotional. I love the acting and all the positive messages it contains.
This is the story of a 14-year-old boy, John Smith (Marcel Ruiz) who suffers a terrible accident: when playing in a frozen lake, he drowns and is rescued by a fireman about 20 minutes later.
He miraculously survives but is in serious condition. His mom never surrenders hope and prays with fervor to keep him alive.
I like the underwater scenes: I love how they look and how they are filmed. In the movie poster we see the main character under the water, and, despite knowing he will fall, I still jumped from my seat when the ice broke.
I think it is amazing how a simple story can make such an impact on the audience.
The story is well narrated. There's a song at the beginning of the film that could have been shorter, although it is good.
It feels like a music video trapped in a film that is not a musical, but when the movie resumes, the narrative keeps you interested.
Chrissy Metz, who plays John's mother, portrays the character so well, it made me cry; you feel the connection with her suffering, and it is very powerful.
She confronts doctors, and, although John is in a medically-induced coma, she keeps her faith alive. She doesn't get along with Pastora Jason Noble (Topher Grace) because she thinks he is too cool to be spiritual, but she bonds with this man who is very supportive and caring.
John, of course, spends a good portion of the movie dormant, but he makes you pray for him because you want to see him alive.
The message of this film is never give up and always have faith. Another message is even if you don't fully like someone it doesn't mean you can't set aside your differences and work together.
In conclusion, I also think is important for young audiences to understand that accidents happen, and we need to be careful. Watch this movie with your family tonight. You won't forget it, trust me. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
A Tapestry of Miracles: Making Breakthrough
"Carry My Soul" Phil Wickham Deleted Scene
Trapped in Icy Waters
Audio Commentary by Devon Franklin and Roxann Dawson
'Breakthrough' Blu-ray+DVD+Digital will be released on July 16th, 2019 via 20th Century Fox.
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