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This is the story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son Colton's extraordinary life-changing experience with the world. Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near-death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth - things he couldn't possibly know. Todd and his family are challenged to examine the meaning of this remarkable event. The church turns on him and so does everyone who is close to him - including his wife. —Sony Pictures Publicity
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Interesting yet simple exploration...
1st watched 5/2/2014 – 5 out of 10(Dir-Randall Wallace): Interesting yet simple exploration of a young boy's near death experience and it's effect of his father and the community around him. This is a cute movie that does make you think, but it's missing a punch to push it over the thumbs-up edge. The story revolves around the father, played by Greg Kinnear, who is a business owner, pastor, and volunteer firefighter for his community in a small town in Nebraska. After a family trip to Denver --- the son gets sick from a ruptured appendix and practically dies on the operating table but miraculously survives after much prayer. After his recovery, he begins revealing small doses of his encounters while on that table including seeing himself being worked on, and visits to heaven where he sees Jesus, his unborn sister and his great grandfather whom he's never met. The family and the church, despite their leanings towards the belief in the existence of heaven, start doubting the experience but their lives change in different ways due to the event. Although this is an interesting story and has good performances, especially by Kinnear, the movie leaves you with a kind of so-what feeling. Don't get me wrong it's not a bad movie and one of the few ventures into Christianity in the film world and into the religious complexities including the realities of life, but as a movie it kind of just lays there. Definitely a nice attempt at bringing the religion into the mainstream film world, but I personally am not sure that this media is the best place for this.
- May 5, 2014
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