Prayer and miracles center of newly released ‘Breakthrough’

Everybody knows what it’s like to suffer alongside a loved one in crisis. That includes Chrissy Metz. The “This Is Us” star said that’s what drew her to the role of Joyce Smith in the new movie “Breakthrough,” released April 17 in time for Easter weekend.

“Breakthrough” dramatizes the true story of Smith, whose 14-year-old son, John, fell through the ice on a frozen Missouri lake in 2015. John spent more than 15 minutes underwater and another 43 minutes with no signs of life — until his mother began to pray over him in the emergency room.

Three weeks later, John walked out of the hospital on his own and without brain damage — something his doctor described to NBC News at the time as a “bonafide miracle.”

The movie depicts how the Smiths’ church and their community joined in an outpouring of support and prayer for John and how his recovery prompted questions about why some people recover from crises and others do not. (RNS)