I went to see Breakthrough preparing for a movie about a miracle, which is exactly what it is. Fourteen-year-old John Smith falls through the ice and is underwater for fifteen minutes before CPR was started. Miraculously, he not only survives the traumatic event, he does so without any cognitive defects. Even leaving it at that, it's a great movie, but there's so much more to it.
There is, of course, a strong faith element present in the movie, but along with that comes a story of acceptance, of community, and unity.
Acceptance—Joyce Smith (portrayed by Chrissy Metz) doesn't like the new pastor who is portrayed by Topher Grace. She struggles to accept the changes in their church after his arrival and struggles to accept him as the head of the church. It's only when Joyce's son, John, is injured that she comes to realize how deeply the pastor truly cares about people, including those who don't like him.
Community—From the business owner who called 911 to the healthcare professionals at both hospitals, it's clear that had one person, one cog in the wheel, so to speak, been missing, John Smith might not have recovered. The lines of communication were open and strong, and this town meant business. They worked together flawlessly to save a young boy's life
Unity—The entire town comes together to not only pray for John's recovery but to take care of the Smith family as they spend their time at John's bedside.
Breakthrough is about so much more than a miracle. It's a snapshot of a town filled with dedicated, caring people, those who go out of their way for others. In reality, the movie is a wishlist for the world.
The trailer pulled me in the first time I saw it. I couldn't wait to see this movie...until I did.
I saw London Has Fallen this past Saturday, and since I was a big fan of Olympus Has Fallen, I had high expectations. I'm so glad the writers and actors did not disappoint.
Gerard Butler slips right back into the role of Secret Service Agent, Mike Banning, and makes it actually believable that one man could take on an army nearly all by himself. Both determined and brutal, he portrays equal parts killer and protector effortlessly.
Though I do wish there had been time to focus a little more on his home life, I understood the need for brevity to focus on the action which brings me to my next point. There is no lack of action in this movie, and some might say there's too much. I don't think so, although, I think some scenes could have been tightened so as not to go on as long. That really is my only complaint except for the lack of affection between Mike and his wife. I just didn't feel the connection there, especially when Mike was leaving to fly to London.
I really enjoyed the banter between the President and Mike. Butler and Eckhart have great chemistry (which eclipsed what Butler and Rhada Mitchell had), and Eckhart plays the role of the Commander-in-Chief very well. Even in the midst of chaos, these characters brought wit to the story line, and the entire audience was laughing at some of the lines coming from Mike Banning.
There is a surprise death I wasn't expecting, but I won't say any more about it as I don't want to spoil it.
Overall, I'd definitely give the movie an A, and I hope Mike Banning returns for another story!
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