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REVIEW: Inspiring "Heaven" Challenges the Flock, Others
Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly star as Rev. Todd and Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience during emergency surgery. The boy first sees his mom from the ceiling calling and setting up prayer chains and his dad in the chapel angry at God. What Colton experienced send the community's spiritual beliefs under a microscope. The minister and his wife, too, have mounting emotional crisis after the boy expresses the description of his "vision" to the community newspaper.
Ironically, the "flock" place the matter under intense scrutiny themselves. The young man describes events and scenes for which he had no knowledge, now, it's up to the community and viewers to determine the mysteries of the blessing.
Director Randall ("Braveheart") Wallace tows a prejudiced neutrality utilizing a mounting series of descriptions from the "innocent" tyke --- angels singing, Jesus' face, a horse, talking with non-aged passed away relatives --- which stress the powers of hope, love and prayer, even if you disregard the boy's literal recitation of his surgical journey. The mysteries of his "knowledge" provides a firm discussion topic for those of faith, those who doubt, and those who will quietly dismiss as a fairy tale.