Movie review by Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Intense peril in faith- and fact-based tearjerker.

PG 2019 116 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 25 reviews

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age 2+

God hears

This movie touched my heart in so many ways , a mother that never stopped believing in the faith an hope Hope= ( hold , on , pain , ends ) .the love she felt for her son .an the togetherNess how the community pulled together to show there love an support for John an the family .the rescue team that stood in touch with the fight for John .the church omg the church .it just shows the power of farther God .that he hears us r cries . I cried many times throughout this film the music the whole film has touched my heart.Im fighting brain cancer an this film gives me hope that God is listening . Amen .

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age 8+

Breakthrough - Strong On Outcomes

Prolific actor/director Roxann Dawson (Star Trek: Voyager) shows a good flair for being a first-class actor’s director in this beautifully produced, performed, and photographed production. A strong cast brings what some might call a predictable story to vivid life. Any story based on factual and relatively inexplicable occurrences --based on a strong faith premise – can’t help but feature a certain degree of predicable asides – for these are determined by the amazing factual outcomes at its core. There will always be doubters when it comes to incidents that involve supernatural intervention and this will vary with the degree of faith held by the viewer. Thankfully, this production only features one or two scenes that perhaps begin to fall into the trap of over sentimentalising certain situations. But convincing performances and a generally powerful fact-based script lift it over and above any contrivances. What comes across perfectly, is the always difficult to achieve embodiment of repaired relationships - especially in this case, involving a damaged adopted family member. Might be worth seeing by all in need of genuinely inspirational entertainment. Others, just stay away or go to a crowd pleasers comic-book action flick if you really want banality. Features Diane Warren’s 2019 Academy Award-nominated song “I’m Standing With You” as performed by Chrissy Metz.

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