Breakthrough – Budget of $14 million – 1 hour and 56 minutes
Joyce and Brian Smith adopted John when he was 9 months old from Guatemala. Every year, around his birthday, he struggles with feelings of abandonment. These feelings cause him to withdraw from his parents and act out in class. His mother and father continue to love and support him through this difficult time. On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, John along with his 2 friends, both named Josh, gallivant around town. They see the lake is frozen over. They throw a rock to test it and the ice doesn’t break. So they start to play on the lake. A restaurateur warns the boys to get off the ice but they stay and take pictures. In a flash, all three boys were under water. At first, all 3 made it to the surface, but when John tried to help one of his friends, John was accidentally kicked in the face and knocked out. He fell into the icy water. Rescue crews came and save the two Joshes but they can’t find John. Tommy, a firefighter, believes John is dead and starts to leave the lake. Then he hears a voice (believed to be his captain) tell him to go back. In seconds, he finds John and pulls him to the surface. John doesn’t have a pulse and wasn’t breathing. But the paramedics and nurses worked for another 25 minutes. As Joyce walked into the hospital room, the doctor asked Nurse Keith to stop compression and they give her a moment for her last goodbyes. She desperately pleads for God to save her son. Then, there is a heartbeat. After 45 minutes without breathing, a pulse, and 88-degree temperature, John is breathing. They medivac him to the nearest hospital with an expert in the field. The expert doesn’t believe John will make it through the night, but Joyce knows it’s not up to doctors to save her son. It is God’s decision.
Based on The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother’s Faith and Her Childs’s Resurrection by Joyce Smith with Ginger Kolbaba, this movie will bring a tear to everyone’s eye (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). This movie is based on a town’s faith, but there is so much more to this story. It deals with John’s struggles after his ordeal and the struggle his accident caused in his family. In addition, this tragedy fixed a ripple in their church between the new pastor and Joyce. This film was gutwrenchingly honest for each character. Joyce stated all her faults in prayer for the world to see. Then, made a conscious decision to change her life and how she treated others. While it’s hard to believe miracles can happen, John is walking proof that blind faith can go a long way. This movie is for the whole family and great for any season.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars
For what it’s worth you have a purpose and you are loved – Joyce
The chief just said go back – Tom
I know, Joyce. That’s why I’m here – Jason
Mom – John