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Blu-ray Review: 'Heaven Is For Real'

Jason Coleman Jason Coleman
July 23rd, 2014 10:10am EDT

 Heaven is for Real

From the mouths of babes – but is it real?  We’re checking out the new to Blu-ray film "Heaven Is For Real" out now from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  We review the believers and the skeptics in the story below!

 

Heaven is for Real

   Title: "Heaven Is For Real"

   Grade: 2

   Cast: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church

   Director: Randall Wallace

   Rating: PG

   Runtime: 99 minutes

   Release Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

   Website: www.sonypictures.com/bluray

 

The Flick: While the story shell of "Heaven Is For Real" – a kid almost dies and comes back with tales of going to heaven – is a fascinating one.  The fact that it’s based on a true story even more so, but the film is so heavy-handed in its delivery of a religious message that it feels less like a movie and more like a sermon.  Meaning everyone here feels less like a real character and more a commercial for religious ramblings.  Plus the fact that Greg Kinnear’s father figure is already a preacher and has a hard time believing his son’s story feels less then amazing.  (If he was an atheist things could have been way more interesting!)  Decent story told terribly.

Best Feature: The featurette ‘Colton Goes To Heaven’ is an interesting look into the real events and real family that experienced the stuff in the film.  (That father looks nothing like Greg Kinnear!)

Best Hidden Gem: I did like the seemingly earnest work by actress Margo Martindale as the local church heavy.

Worth the Moola: Religious folks might think this one is the second coming, but I like my movie miracles to be a little more subtle.

Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment