Last year when The Bible series on the History channel was watched by a record number of viewers Hollywood took note. Now, we have a several films opening at the box office featuring the Big Man Upstairs most recently Heaven Is For Real.The film is based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book by the same name. It is the true story of a small town father and minister who tries to find the courage to share his son’s experience in Heaven after he nearly dies at the age of 4 years old. It stars Academy Award nominee and Emmy award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real life couple whose son Colton played by newcomer Connor Corum claims to have seen Heaven and even met Jesus.


      The film unlike many other faith-based films is well made by pros in Hollywood that know what they are doing and it shows. Greg Kinnear is passionate and believable as Todd Burpo and Connor Corum as his son steals every scene. The film is not heavy handed, but it does make you think. I mean, even if you aren’t religious everyone has at least wondered if there is a Heaven or is this all there is?


      The film is directed by Randall Wallace who brought us Braveheart and Pearl Harbor. Both of these films are based on true stories. As a Christian, I believe this little boy has seen Heaven, and this film with its heart and just the right amount of preaching may be just the ticket to get others to believe as well. B

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