Noah isn’t the only movie with a religious hook that released its first official trailer today. Behold this sneak peek at Heaven Is for Real, an adaptation of the book by a pastor named Todd Burpo, which describes how his four-year-old son said he visited heaven while he was undergoing surgery. The film is directed by Randall Wallace, the C.S. Lewis fan who worked with Mel Gibson on Braveheart (1995) and We Were Soldiers (2002), and it stars Greg Kinnear as Burpo himself. You can watch a video of the real Burpo and his wife and son here.
Boy has near-death experience in Heaven Is for Real trailer
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Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).