Breakthrough Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Chrissy Metz, Topher Grace, Josh Lucas, Mike Colter, Rebecca Staab
  • Director: Roxann Dawson
  • Disc Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: 
     Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Release Date: July 16, 2019

American faith-based films love their child-in-peril narratives like no other, with the possible exception of underdog sports stories. They also love cherry-picking the ones in which the child recovers despite all medical professionals predicting otherwise, making them films more interested in encouraging the belief in miracles than a need for faith itself. In other words, American Christian-made movies tend to celebrate wish-fulfillment rather than faith in God’s plan, leaving audience members having suffered real loss with unsavory questions about why their faith wasn’t rewarded in the same way. Breakthrough almost addresses this troubling question through the filter of the central survivor, but quickly sacrifices it for easily digestible messages of inspiration and repaired relationship.