DETROIT (WWJ) – The highly-anticipated film ‘Heaven is for Real,’ based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, arrives in theaters today.
Emmy Award-winning actor Greg Kinnear stars as Todd Burpo, a small-town pastor, volunteer firefighter and business owner, whose four-year-old son Colton goes through a near-death experience during emergency surgery. Once he awakens, Colton begins to recount what he tells his family was his amazing journey to heaven and back.
As would probably happen in most families, Burpo and his wife Sonja (Kelly Reilly) initially don’t know what to make of what Colton tells them. Todd Burpo, understandably, begins to question Colton, who doesn’t waver with his story. And as for Sonja, she certainly has her doubts. But as time goes on, Colton begins to elaborate on his adventure, even telling his parents about deceased relatives he met while in heaven that he had never seen or met personally before.
‘Heaven is for Real’ is an inspiring story about love, faith, family and what true friendship is all about. It’s certainly a movie that’ll have people not just thinking, but talking, about all of those things and more — just like the book did when it was released four years ago. The book, which was published on November 2, 2010, went on to sell millions of copies, with 10 million in print around the world. It was so popular, in fact, that it was translated into 35 languages. Chances are, plans may already be in the works to translate the movie into at least that many, as well.
When you go – hopefully not if – take the tissue with you.
In addition to Kinnear, Reilly and newcomer Connor Corum as Colton, ‘Heaven is for Real’ stars Margo Martindale as Nancy Rawling; and Thomas Haden Church as Jay Wilkins. Directed by Randall Wallace, the Oscar®-nominated writer of ‘Braveheart’. Rated PG.
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