(This is Breakthrough film review, which is a Christian movie that stars Chrissy Metz and is based on a real-life event)
This is perhaps my first review of a Christian film, which I happened to watch with my family over the weekends. Ironically, it is not of our faith but somehow my family has booked it as a family film session.
Now, Breakthrough is a film that is based on the book The Impossible, which is based on a real life event of a teenager who fell into an ice lake. It is directed by Roxann Dawson and Grant Nieporte. And it stars Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter, Marcel Ruiz, Sam Trammel, and Dennis Haysbert. And it even has a cameo by a real-life Christian Artist Phil Wickham.
Without further ado, let’s delve into the Breakthrough film review below to see how it adapts the story from the book!
John Smith was adopted and raised by a Christian couple, but he resented the feeling of being abandoned and openly rebelled against them and his teachers. One day, while his friends and him were playing on a frozen lake, accident happened when they fell into it. Only John was drowned and he was taken to a hospital, where no doctor had hope for his survival…except his adoptive mother. Would their faith be strong enough to overcome this death trial?
Breakthrough Film Review
Well, the premise is based on real life event, so to be honest, it’s just an ordinary tale of miracle and survival. To be fair, this is exactly what a real life story would be, and we have all experienced it even now. So I will review how the film aims to keep the audience interested in the film.
This makes us empathise with him more, as we get to see him living an ordinary but quite successful school life
Firstly, I like that they add more time to show the John character, especially with his school life and sport life. This makes us empathise with him more, as we get to see him living an ordinary but quite successful school life. And he also faces similar problems that we faced at his age and in school. Then, when the accident happened, the film focused much more on the Mom and slightly on the pastor, which I think it’s not bad, but can be a bit forced.
But since this was what happened, I felt that it could be forgiven for sticking very close to source material. Though some scenes are made a tad too dramatic for emotional scenes purposes.
Pacing wise, I felt that it is alright in the beginning, where the film takes its time to introduce the characters. But it comes to a slower crawl after the accident occured. Things take a slow turn as the film puts too much focus on several characters that are not really essential to the story. However, as it nears the middle-end, things start to pick up again.
Characters-wise, they are pretty cliché. This is what a real-life character would be when translated to film. We can see the usual rebellious protagonist, and the over-loving mother who believes in Jesus to save her son. Then there is also an eager and helpful pastor and some of the protagonist’s friends that are pretty one-dimensional.
Most of the characters are pretty one-dimensional and is there for no other purposes that to make some scenes dramatic or is based on the source materials. The Mom character is one that undergoes the most changes, while the rest hardly goes through growth at all. I like it when she decides to let go and accept whatever God would give her by the end, man now that’s some growth I say!
This film would not score any brownie points from this section. But I must say the acting from some of the actors are pretty good and actually makes us feel connected to them emotionally. Honourable mentions go to the Firefighter and the Mom.
My younger sis and mom cried at the end, and so I felt that the actors have done a pretty good job!
Soundtrack is surprisingly where this film shines! There is a scene where they show real-life singer Phil Wickham singing his hit song ‘This is Amazing Grace’. Then, there is also a particularly dramatic but touching scene where everyone sings near the end for John to wake up, titled ‘I’ll stand with You’. The songs itself makes this film an enjoyable watch.