Heaven is For Real
Mike White: For real? That’s the title? For real? This remake of Flatliners has a little boy gaining psychic powers after a near-death experience and then saying a lot of messed up shit when he recovers. I’m half-tempted to watch this one because it brings up some weird stuff like “Everyone is young in heaven.” How young? Is there a particular age? What if a person died before that age, are they progressed to it? If a person loses a limb, does it grow back in heaven? If you hate your relatives, do you have to see them? Will anyone admit that this is a fairy story? Probably not.
Josh Hadley: Okay… before REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED every movie REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED see it REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED Brazil REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED and children that talk REDACTED REDACTED the movie REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED perform REDACTED.
Glenn Criddle: “I see dead people!” … As these things go this is at least not as offensively insulting as that noxious piece of crap ‘God’s Not Dead’. That was a pretty vitriolic film. This? Well it’s not for me, I don’t get why people feel the need to follow religion but that’s my own view. Heaven is for real seems to have a good nature about it and of course it’s coming from a religious perspective but hey, if that’s your thing then go for it. Because it’s an overtly religious film I’m simply not going to suspend my disbelief (Ironic I know) in the basic premise of the film enough to be able to enjoy it or at least be involved in it as I’ll constantly be picking at the films logic. I’d be way too distracted. I certainly pass on this but if you’re more open to such stories then why the hell not?
Alex Jowski: Yes… Heaven is a real place. And I know exactly where it is…
Jillian Zurawki: It’s for real yo! I swears! -I guess “Heaven Is Real” sounded too churchy? And we all probably know by now, when “based on/inspired by a true story/actual events” is slapped on a movie, there’s most likely very LITTLE of what ACTUALLY happened in it. That being said, it doesn’t look like a bad movie, just not really my thing. Hopefully certain people don’t plan to use the “based on true story” label to try and shove “SEE?! IT’S REAL! THIS KID SAW IT! YOU’RE ALL GOING TO HELL!” down people’s throats.
SIDE NOTE: Ya know, Buffy got pulled outta Heaven too. It fucked her up for a good part of season 6. This kid seems well adjusted to it though. But then, he didn’t have to claw his way outta his own grave to get back….
Charles Campbell: Yea, I’m not going to even touch on the subject of religion and me, but let me just say that this film is WAY out of my ball park. The closest thing you’ll ever catch me watch involving angels or heaven is “The Prophecy”. This just honestly looks like a wishy washy inspirational sports movie without the sports. I like Greg Kinnear, but even he won’t save this one for me.
Justin Widerski: As a critic let me say this movie looks super cheesy and frankly something I’m not interested in, but I also feel obligated to bring up a different angle. I’ve been a casual paranormal enthusiast/researcher for years now so I know a little bit about Near Death Experiences and about this case in particular. This is a true story in that this kid had an NDE, but it should be noted that his father is a Protestant Pastor and a Bible literalist. The only way for this kid to interpret such an experience is through the Christian context he was raised in. Regardless of whether or not it’s true that this kid “sat on Jesus’ lap” his story has changed over time because his father kept asking him questions and the kid added details in response. By the time the father stopped asking questions and the kid stopped adding details it had been seven years and the ghost writer known for Sarah Palin’s autobiography was writing down everything he said, including tales of Christian Exclusivity and Holy Warfare. While I’m somewhat happy this will be raising awareness and interest in NDEs, at the same time I’m bothered because this movie will be putting it in people’s heads that NDEs are a Christian thing and they’re not. People all over the world and of varying belief systems experience NDEs, including atheists. Whether you believe in the spiritual implications of such phenomena, NDEs do occur and definitely warrant serious scientific investigation. For more information on the flimsy story behind Heaven is for Real here’s my source.
mister X: this ain’t for me
it probably ain’t for u either, if u hangin’ around geek juice
probably best to just leave it at that…tho i will say i snickered at the ‘teach u how to punch’ line
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- The Other Woman
- The Quite Ones
- Brick Mansion
- For No Good Reason