Breakthrough

Release Date: April 17th, 2019

PG |1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary

Tragedy strikes when Joyce Smith's adopted son, John, falls through the ice on a frozen lake in Missouri. Trapped underwater for more than 15 minutes, rescuers bring John back to the surface and rush him to the nearest hospital. While doctors fear the worst, the 14-year-old boy continues to fight for his life as Joyce, her husband and their pastor stay by his bedside and pray for a miracle.

Cast: Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Marcel Ruiz, Dennis Haysbert, Sam Trammell, Rebecca Staab, Mike Colter

Director: Roxann Dawson

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Franklin Entertainment

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Father, Rescue, Moving, Emotional, Mother, Love, House, Fall, Rise, School, Relationships, Doctor, Hospital, Inspiring, 2010s, Touching, Family

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 57
    Yolanda MachadoTheWrap

    I am not religious, nor have I ever claimed to be, but I enjoy a good inspirational tale. And I do believe that miracles can occur and that those stories absolutely serve a purpose in mainstream films. But in “Breakthrough,” I found myself being dismissed as a viewer, being directed to put my confidence in a story that was layered in the superficial aspects of faith — to trust without question, and just to believe that prayer conquers all, even as the film provides no foundation as to why I should. show more

  • 75
    G. Allen JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle

    The story is well-told, but what makes it interesting is that each character confronts his or her own crisis — even Tommie, the paramedic who rescued him. It also drives home the point that a seemingly small tragic event can affect an entire community. show more

  • 60
    Stephen FarberThe Hollywood Reporter

    Both Metz and Lucas are solid enough, but their fairly stock characters do not emerge quite as vividly as they might have. On the other hand, Topher Grace is extremely engaging as the hip, rap music-loving pastor who initially rubs Joyce the wrong way but eventually wins her over in a plot development that is not exactly brimming with surprise. show more

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