Movie an emotional rollercoaster

Saturday May 21, 2016 Written by Published in Entertainment

It’s been an emotional week for me for various reasons, actually.

 

I finally bought a motorbike, a secondhand Honda Daelim, which runs very well.

At first, I didn’t like the idea of owning one. Although it’s convenient, I thought it would make me lazy. But I guess, its too late for that now.

Anyway, emotions have been high mostly because of the types of people I have been meeting and the stories I have been writing. 

First I interviewed two gentlemen, originally from the Cook Islands, who shared a wonderful story about their experiences during the Vietnam War and then a lady from Taranaki with a heartwarming journey about returning cultural treasures to Rarotonga.

And then there was an obituary for Papa Bruce, with whom I had my first and only meeting about a month ago. Such a great human being; may he rest in peace.

This emotional roller-coaster culminated with a soul-stirring movie, Miracles from Heaven, which premiered at the Empire Cinema on Thursday night.

Honestly, I had to look away from the screen a couple of times to hold back the tears which were ready to make a splash.

Miracles from Heaven sometimes become so overwhelming that it’s become a little too hard to hold your emotions back.

You feel like letting it go then you become conscious of the people around looking at you.

I pretended there was something in my eyes.

Miracles from Heaven is based on a true story about God’s grace and his mercy.

Set in Burleson, Texas, in 2011, the film centres on a 10-year-old Anna Beam (Kylie Rogers), who suffers from a pseudo-obstruction motility disorder and is unable to eat. She has to use feeding tubes for nutrition.

But her distraught mum Christy Beam (Jennifer Garner) doesn’t lose hope and consults specialists about the condition, which doctors say is incurable.

Time and again, she questions God’s motives and starts losing faith in the Almighty.

Then one day, Anna while playing with her older sister, falls three stories into the hollow of a tree.

But to doctor’s amazement, she doesn’t suffer any damage to her skull or body.

It turns out, she is also healed from the lifelong pseudo-obstruction motility disorder.

The makers of Miracles from Heaven are the ones who delivered the 2014 Christian drama movie, Heaven is for Real.

Twelve-year-old Rogers make an excellent Anna, who is smart, playful and a God-loving child.

Anna is someone who is full of life and despite knowing her condition, she is not afraid of what the future holds for her.

Rogers’ exquisite portrayal, especially in the emotional sequences, makes the character seem real.

Award-winning actress Garner delivers a brilliant performance, playing a desperate mother fighting against the odds to keep her daughter alive.

While the movie is not much different from Heaven is for Real, it’s a refreshing watch to remind us that God is real.

Miracles from Heaven tells us miracles happen every day, we are just too busy to notice them.

All we need is faith to believe that God is living and His miracles are real.

The Bible says, all you need is faith the size of a mustard seed and you can move mountains.

Folks, have a bit of faith and check out Miracles from Heaven.

You won’t be disappointed.

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