A couple of weeks ago I had an invitation from Graf-Martin Communications and Sony Pictures Entertainment to review the movie Miracles from Heaven. When it originally came out I didn't have a chance to see the movie and so I was glad to have this opportunity to see it.
I am always skeptical about Christian movies. It seemed like for a very long time they were over the top schmaltzy and it was all I could do to keep my eyes from rolling when I was watching them. Not so with Miracles from Heaven starring Jennifer Garner.
Based on the true story of Annabel Beam. who was diagnosed with an incurable rare digestive disorder that left her in constant pain, with a swollen stomach and forced to take her meals through a feeding tube. For months, her mother Christy, played by Jennifer Garner, is frantic to find out why her daughter is constantly throwing up. Determined to find an answer, she refuses to leave the hospital until someone does something. She gets her answer and then is told the only doctor who could help her was in Boston (they were in Texas) but he wouldn't be able to see her for nine months. Unfortunately, Annabel didn't have nine months so Christy goes to the Boston hospital and pleads with the nurse to please find a way for the doctor to see her daughter. She is told to leave and that it was impossible for the doctor to see her. But God works in wonderful ways and an opening becomes available. You'll see how at the end of the movie.
I don't think I've ever cried so much watching a movie! Garner was brilliant as was the little girl who played Annabel (Kylie Rogers). Of course, being a Christian film the subject of faith and God was tackled and it was expertly done. NO schmaltz - just honest, heartfelt truths that we all go through when faced with the impossible. And what happens when life hits us hard and we have lost all hope? Our faith either crumbles or we dig in and hang on to God for dear life. Christy's husband trusted in God that everything would be alright, but Christy had trouble believing that. So the movie examines our faith when we are tested and it shows us what happens when God answers in miraculous ways.
And boy does He answer in miraculous ways. When Annabel is climbing a tree with her sister she falls 30 ft. inside the hollowed out tree and survives. Weeks later her disease is gone. Today, Annabel Beam who cried out to her mother that she wanted to die and go to heaven so she wouldn't be in pain anymore is now a healthy seventh grader.
Five stars for this movie. Buy it for your church! Grab a copy for your own library and make sure you have a box of tissues handy.
Movie has been provided courtesy of Sony Entertainment Canada and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc