Actress turned director (TV’s “House of Cards,” “The Americans”) Roxann Dawson balances the hospital room action with the impact finding the lost boy had on the faithless paramedic. There are beautiful moments that capture the quiet terror of death by drowning.
Seems like religious haters and atheists are quick to leave their undesirable opinions on a movie that us with faith don't need their criticisms. This is a very good movie so let them hate. We will love and believe.
Both Metz and Lucas are solid enough, but their fairly stock characters do not emerge quite as vividly as they might have. On the other hand, Topher Grace is extremely engaging as the hip, rap music-loving pastor who initially rubs Joyce the wrong way but eventually wins her over in a plot development that is not exactly brimming with surprise.
For the already faithful, believing in John’s miraculous recovery demands not a leap of faith, but a small hop. The film tells them absolutely nothing that they don’t already presume themselves to know. So what, then, is its point?
Faith-based film of an unbelievable story of survival, told through a religious lens, whether or not you believe in the power of prayers to raise the dead, we can look at the incident as an inspired story, how the mother (Chrissy) loved her son and believed that he will be recovered regardless of the doctor's opinion, I think sometimes we need to believe in something that has more power than science to save who we love even if it let us down.
Solid performance by Chrissy Metz, she was perfect in the mother role. Actually, it's a good movie to watch for believers and maybe unlikable for non-believers, because "Breakthrough" focus a little more on the mother's faith and the prayers of the entire community.
Roxann Dawson's debut proposes the return to the fold of Christian theism as panacea against nihilism, and not the Nietzschean one but the one that in Western culture begins with the fatalistic epic of Homer. The resounding success of Kendrick's films guarantees her that she won't need much faith to be sure of the box office takings. And she eludes the age-old problem that thaumaturgy is taboritically ephemeral and sporadically widespread because, evangelically and factually, it is only a "firstfruit of the Spirit" (Romans 8:23) for proselytizing purpose.