Review by Monique Thompson
Anna Beam (Kylie Rogers) lives with a rare, incurable disorder that leaves her unable to digest food. Despite the dire diagnosis, devoted mom Christy (Jennifer Garner) relentlessly searches for a way to save her beloved daughter. Everything changes in an instant when Anna tells an amazing story of a visit to heaven after surviving a headlong tumble into a tree. Her family and doctors become even more baffled when the young girl begins to show signs of recovering from her fatal condition.
For starters, how can anyone possibly say anything negative about such a moving story! Produced by Devon Franklin, Joe Roth, and T.D. Jakes, Miracles From Heaven tells the true story of the Beam family and the miraculous healing of 12-year old Anna Beam. Set in Burleson, TX, Anna all of a sudden gets chronically ill after she’s diagnosed with a pseudo-obstruction motility disorder that has no cure known to mankind. Her mother, Christy, will stop at nothing in hopes of finding a way to fix the problem and ease her daughters pain. What she doesn’t know is this experience will be a test of faith, hope, and belief as Anna is miraculously healed from the fatal condition after she walks away from a fall into the family’s tree with nothing but a few scratches.
As the lead, Jennifer Gardner nails such an important role as the resilient mother of the Beam family. Playing such a pivotal role in a movie such as this really required her to naturally convey emotion that any mother or parent going through a situation such as this would express. She did just that in such a way that doesn’t seemed forced or over the top. Again, there’s no way you can have an ounce of negativity for this film.