If you thought faith-based movies were just a brief trend, movies attended by a niche audience outside the mainstream, guess again. Hollywood has seen the light are big stars are starting to gravitate towards films with a wholesome message, and this fall will bring two of them. Kate Mara and David Oyelowo are the starry window dressing on the forthcoming “Captive,” and now there’s “90 Minutes In Heaven,” which features Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth, and perhaps most surprisingly, Michael Polish at the helm.
Indie fans will recall that Polish was one half of the sibling filmmaking team that made waves with “Twin Falls Idaho” and “Northfork,” before striking out on his own, delivering recent, very distinctive and lo-fi movies with “For Lovers Only” and the (very underrated) “Big Sur.” Anyway, he’s doing…this…which is based on a book which is apparently a true story, if you believe in this sort of thing. Here’s the synopsis:
Don Piper died Jan. 18, 1989, when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car. Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don’s body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes. Don’s soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy and life like he’d never known before. Don was in Heaven.
When another pastor’s prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle! Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened. Heaven’s bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil. With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids and friends near Don clings to his faith in God and fights to regain a semblance of his previous life. The Piper family’s incredible true story of perseverance and overcoming the challenges of life—and death—will bring hope and encouragement to all who see it.
“90 Minutes In Heaven” opens on September 11th. Watch below.