Miracles From Heaven

Miracles From Heaven

Blu-ray Disc - 2016
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Based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy discovers her ten-year-old daughter Anna has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter's healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident and falls three stories, a miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.

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ndnic838aolcom
Sep 11, 2017

I really enjoyed this movie. I couldn't keep the tears back. This is a real good feel good movie.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 02, 2017

Miracles from Heaven is the perfect movie that is filled with important morals about family, hope and miraculous recoveries. The story of Anna and her incurable disease pulls your heartstrings as you watch the pain and sadness that goes on during this emotional and hard time for her family. Seeing Anna in such pain brought literal tears to my eyes and the play by play of this movie was beautiful; I think my whole family was in tears after she was rescued from the hollow tree. When I watched this movie, I didn’t feel the need to criticize their religion and I thought that they did their best to make it as real as possible. I don’t think this movie should not be watched because of its religious aspect because there is much, much more to be appreciated. When you take into context that this is just the story of a young, sick girl it really adds to the overall experience and your attitude towards the movie. Rating 5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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vc0222
Feb 18, 2017

Regardless of your religious beliefs and how much truth you think there is in the story, the movie is very well-done and enjoyable. Miracles could happen everyday to anyone, because life itself is a miracle.

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joesek1
Feb 07, 2017

Beautiful touching story. Recommend to those who want to keep their faith alive.

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jimg2000
Jan 01, 2017

A wonderful film on faith, hope and motherly love when dealing with a family calamity. As the good doctor said in an interview:

Ultimately, Nurko said, Miracles is a movie about something he finds important: “being an advocate for your child.” Boston Children’s Hospital treats “the sickest of the sickest,” he said. and “The movie is about realizing that day-to-day miracles happen all around us. … The movie is about hope.”

While less skeptical than Janice21383, "miracles" or "anomalies" in "rare" and less understood medical conditions do occur now and then. After all, there are 7.5 billion people living on this planet, 1 in a billion chance affords 7.5 cases. Also, the disease is generally not as dire as portrayed per NIH's information page on "Intestinal Pseudo-obstruction" in "Summary":

"This condition can occur in people of any age. Some infants are born with congenital intestinal pseudo-obstruction, and some people develop this condition as adults. Intestinal pseudo-obstruction may be acute, occurring suddenly and lasting a short time, or it may be chronic, or long lasting."

Lastly, here is an interesting fact-check article about the people and events (They should have kept the tree stump grounds in situ as a religious site attraction:)

http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/miracles-from-heaven/

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Olivy
Dec 24, 2016

An emotional journey which left us satisfied. Great if you like to feel something when you are watching a movie. Great acting- the little girls was amazing, as were the other cast members.

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Janice21383
Dec 18, 2016

"When I was in heaven, He told me everything would be all right." "Who, honey?" "Allah". Ha, no that's not a quote from the movie, but wouldn't it be more interesting if it were? Miracles From Heaven is actually about two little girls -- one whose parents are atheists, and one whose parents are believers. No prizes for guessing which one dies, and which one is healed, or which parent admits emotionally he was so, so wrong. It's loosely based on the independently unverified story of a woman who, according to the film, had a large acreage, an enormous house, multiple vehicles, no savings and massive medical bills. So she wrote a book about how God saved her daughter (never mind about the other little girl), and it became a bestseller. It's a miracle! Although...for a "fatally ill" girl, isn't it amazing she climbed all the way up that tree? Three storeys -- is she Spidergirl? Maybe some of that godless medicine the mother demands for her daughter for 90 percent of the movie was working. Jennifer Garner gives a good performance, though that come-and-go Southern accent needs work. Queen Latifah appears as token/comic relief -- watch for mom JG's "ew, a black person's car" expression for the only laugh in the film.

Besides the Protestant content, this was a great movie. Garner did a great job. Recommended.

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evaallen
Nov 23, 2016

Beautiful touching story. Jennifer Garner is fantastic as the mother of the little girl who becomes sick. Good family entertainment with good values and no profanity.

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Ba_kuPlanet
Nov 14, 2016

Gave it 4 stars because this society needs more "faith". But this is a one case miracle. There are so many more sad stories leaving people wondering why God would subject good people to such undeserved challenges. Take the newly elected Prez of USA for example. There's a problem with society when people elected a leader that takes mankind backwards in evolution. Missed guidance. (Just 1 opinion.)

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jimg2000
Jan 01, 2017

Wisdom for all faith:
(Some doctors are idiots)
Well, Mom, I'm the doctor, and that's my diagnosis. So, if you'll excuse me, I have other patients I need to see.
-Excuse me, this is not acid reflux. She's not lactose intolerant. There's something wrong with our little girl.
Mrs. Beam, you need to calm down.
-No, you calm down! You find me another doctor, you run some more tests! I'm not leavin' this hospital
until I know what's wrong with my daughter!
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(God's punishment)
Honey, Anna is not better, and she should be. Now, somebody's sins are preventing the healing. Either yours or Kevin's or maybe even Anna's.
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Kevin told me what those ladies said to you, and I... I have to say, I sure wish that I could give everybody a spiritual IQ test before they walk in the door.
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(hope)
Mrs. Beam, I see this every day. And although there is currently no cure for Anna's condition, our treatments are focused on improving quality of life and controlling the pain. There's hope.

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jimg2000
Jan 01, 2017

***SPOILER ALERT***
A miracle or anomaly as "spontaneous remission":
She's asymptomatic. Both her stomach and her intestines are functioning normally. I mean, all the parts are talking to each other.
-I know that's what's happening medically, but can you tell me how? Can you... Can you explain it?
Maybe when she fell and hit her head, something happened. Her central nervous system has been regenerated. It's like her software's been reset.
-So you're telling me that when this baby girl fell 30 feet, she hit her head just right and it didn't kill her
and it didn't paralyze her and instead it healed her?
People in my profession use the term "spontaneous remission" to explain what can't be explained.
-You're saying she's cured?
There's no cure for Anna's condition.
-But according to everything you're telling me, she's cured.
I can't medically say that.

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jimg2000
Jan 01, 2017

Wisdom for all faith:
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(Not Einstein but from Pascal's Wager per Wiki: It posits that humans all bet with their lives either that God exists or that he does not. Pascal argues that a rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. If God does actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (some pleasures, luxury, etc.), whereas they stand to receive infinite gains (as represented by eternity in Heaven) and avoid infinite losses (eternity in Hell))
Well, you could tell me why a loving God would let Annabel suffer the way she has.
- I'm sorry. I don't have an answer for that. Mmm-hmm. But just because she's sick doesn't mean there's not a loving God. Let me tell you, at the lowest points of my life, I've tried it both ways, doing everything I can to connect to God or walking away. And in my experience, one feels a whole lot better than the other.

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Janice21383
Dec 18, 2016

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.” -- Albert Einstein, in Jennifer Garner's closing testimonial.

Except that Albert Einstein never said it, or wrote it. Einstein is one of the founding fathers of the mis-attributed, unsourced, wishful thinking quote, along with Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain. http://fakebuddhaquotes.com/debunking-fake-albert-einstein-quotes/

In re.: the alleged Pascal's Wager quote -- what if you "wager" on the wrong god, or the wrong religion? Whoops! Or if there is no god, and finite gains, like love and truth, are all there is, and your religion has guided you away from them?

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jimg2000
Jan 01, 2017

NIH's information page on "Intestinal Pseudo-obstruction" in "Summary":

"This condition can occur in people of any age. Some infants are born with congenital intestinal pseudo-obstruction, and some people develop this condition as adults. Intestinal pseudo-obstruction may be acute, occurring suddenly and lasting a short time, or it may be chronic, or long lasting."

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/intestinal-pseudo-obstruction

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