• Marys


By Mary Cox

Rated PG

If you’re a Christian from anywhere around St. Louis you will enjoy this film. It is a true story about the Smith family in Wentzville, Missouri.

When Joyce, (Chrissy Metz) and her husband Brian, (Josh Lucas), were missionaries, they adopted a baby they named John, (Marcel Ruiz). Now, it is 14 years later and John is a typical teen who stars on his high school basketball team. John dreams of a basketball career.

One winter day, John and two friends are playing on ice on Lake St. Louis when they all fall through the ice. While his two friends are able to climb out, John sinks to the bottom and basically drowns.

Joyce’s faith alone brings John back to life against all odds, but what kind of life will it be. John stopped breathing for 27 minutes.

“Breakthrough” was filmed in St. Louis and recognizing places and things around St. Louis made this film more interesting.

People who watch “This is Us” on NBC will recognize Metz as one of the grown triplets and Lucas as Reese Witherspoon’s husband in the film “Sweet Home Alabama.”

The acting is really well done and will play on your emotions. In other words, be sure to take lots of tissues, oh, what the hell, take a box of Kleenex.

“Breakthrough” was directed by Roxann Dawson and written by Grant Nieporte.

I had a sugar rush while watching the film was so saccharin but because it took place in St. Louis, I found it interesting. I don’t think “Breakthrough” will do too well nationally but people in the metro St. Louis area are going to love it.


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