Breakthrough (2018)

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Chrissy Metz (This is Us) stars in this true story Christian drama about a mother who seemed to revive her son after he falls through an icy Missouri lake. Co-stars Topher Grace (TV's That 70s Show) and Josh Lucas (A Beautiful Mind).

At age 14, John Smith drowned in Lake St. Louis and was dead for nearly an hour. According to reports at the time, CPR was performed 27 minutes to no avail. But when his mother Joyce (Metz) entered the room, praying loudly, there was pulse and Smith slowly came around...


Directed by

Written by

  • Grant Nieporte
  • (based on the novel 'The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection' by Joyce Smith)

Drama, True Story & Biography


Rating: PG Mild themes


Hollywood Reporter


This inspirational story directed by Roxann Dawson benefits from strong performances and a minimum of treacly preaching.



"Breakthrough" tests how much audiences are willing to believe of a scenario that, though based on a true story, seems too undercooked for any kind of movie treatment.

Variety (USA)


"Breakthrough"... presents itself as the true story of a modern miracle. But it's also a portrait of what religious faith looks like when there's no pesky doubt to get in the way.

New York Times


You don't have to believe in divine intervention to be moved by this story.

Los Angeles Times


One of the more authentically moving entries in the genre, fueled by a gripping lead performance from "This Is Us" star Chrissy Metz.

The Guardian


Here is another illustration of how the faith-based drama has pushed into cinemas material indistinguishable from vast swathes of the afternoon TV schedule.