Miracles from Heaven – Movie Review

The story in this movie really sucked me in and I was moved. So I’d have to say that this movie works. I fully entered into the story. As a father to 2 young children what the family was going through felt like something I care about because having your kids go through a horrible disease is almost unthinkable. I don’t consider myself a movie buff by any stretch of the imagination but I thought the acting was very well done, especially the little girl who was the main character. The camera work is good, and the script is solid. I’ve read other reviewer’s suggestions about improvements that could’ve been done to this movie, and while possibly valid, this movie is centred around a true story so I would tend to be more forgiving for the sake of staying true to the actual happenings. It does not feel like a cheesy, poorly executed Christian movie. I finished watching it thinking about the fragility of life and a gratitude for my family’s health.

The story is fairly dark, but they did a good job on inserting light-hearted moments – you have to love the doctor with the Elmo tie who’s there to brighten everybody’s day. It’s definitely not the type of movie I’d generally choose to watch because I don’t enjoy watching suffering and it hits me pretty hard, but I think it is good for myself to do from time to time.

And as for the actual happenings themselves, it’s pretty crazy, and the miracle is such a God thing – Him working in the craziest ways you would not dream up! The fact that the miracle seemingly happened though/as a result of such a traumatic and scary experience isn’t what I would expect. Definitely more worthwhile than so many movies out there!

Great job!

4/5 Paper Movement Stars.

I was able to screen this movie courtesy of Martin-Graf Communications.

 

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Miracles from Heaven – Movie Review

90 Minutes in Heaven – Movie Review

Fixated on the “Fixator”

One would expect a movie about a person going to heaven for 90 minutes to include death. What one would probably not expect is a dark, intense movie filled mostly with horrible suffering and negativity. I saw another reviewer who thought that the movie should be called “90 days of Recovery, 90 Seconds of Heaven. That’s a pretty good call.

I can appreciate the effort to display the seriousness of Don’s injuries from a serious car crash, and it’s fine to convey to us that his injuries were very painful. However, with a title that seems intended to draw people to the theatres who are interested in learning about a man’s experience with Heaven it seems disappointing that Don’s Heaven experience plays second fiddle to the pain he went through while recovering, namely because of the fixator the doctors used to save his leg.

This movie needs some comic relief. I think they may have attempted that with a Redneck Wack-Job Attorney that Eva hired. However, his part is just ridiculous, and if he’s supposed to be funny the attempted humour is poorly placed since he is there to try and help Eva, and it seems like he’s likely to leave her worse off.

Overall I thought the acting was very good, the camera work is great – the issue for me and my wife was the storyline. The pace is very slow though, and the movie feels way too long. Don’s accident is shown twice, it seems for no good reason – maybe just to inject a bit of excitement into an otherwise dark film. The movie doesn’t really have a climax.

Some call this an inspirational film but to me it was just way too heavy and depressing. You will likely spend a lot of time pitying Don and his wife, and not a whole lot of time in awe of Jesus.

I realize this is based on a true story, but the fact is that for a skeptic this film offers little proof or descriptions of Heaven, as there isn’t much more to what Don shares than meeting loved ones who are happy to see him.

If you’re interesting in seeing the film, check it out. You may enjoy it. You also may spend a lot of time squirming in your seat waiting for it to be over.

I received complementary tickets to see this movie courtesy of Martin-Graf Communications.

2/5 Stars

90 Minutes in Heaven – Movie Review