Faith, Media & Culture

Here’s the latest dispatch from the crossroads of faith

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is set to release Breakthough on Digital July 2 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray/DVD on July 16.

Breakthrough was the No. 3 film at the box office its opening weekend, eventually drawing more than $50 million worldwide, and continuing the trend of successful stories of faith being told on the big screen. The film is based on the real-life account of Joyce Smith, portrayed in the film by  Chrissy Metz (This is Us) about what happened after her adopted son John, played by Marcel Ruiz, fell through an icy Missouri lake and all hope seemed to be lost as his apparently lifeless was retrieved. Yet, in the face of every bleak medical case history and dire scientific prediction, Joyce’s unwavering belief inspired her community to pray for John’s recovery. The film received the coveted A rating from audiences polled by Cinemascore and was awarded the Dove Seal of Approval for All Ages.

Produced by hitmaker DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven), the film was adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds) from Joyce Smith’s own book (The Impossible). Breakthrough stars Chrissy Metz (This is Us), Josh Lucas (Yellowstone), Topher Grace (That ‘70s Show), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Marcel Ruiz (One Day at a Time), Sam Trammell (This is Us, True Blood), and Dennis Haysbert (24). Breakthrough is directed by Roxann Dawson (House of Cards, The Americans).

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