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Until Forever

Movie Review: Until Forever

July 23, 2016
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Until Forever is a film about the strength of love in the midst of fear, the endurance of hope in the midst of loss, and the reality of faith in the midst of doubt.

Until Forever documents Michael and Michelle Boyum’s love story which takes a tragic turn when Michael is diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Thier relationship is challenged, and Michael’s faith is put to the test in the months of hospitalization. Throughout the brutal side-effects of  treatment, Michelle stays by his side, providing the love, laughter, and the support he needs. Micheal’s faith in God remains strong, and their love withstands the storm.

Michael’s story is complicated somewhat by his brother’s struggle with depression. As Michael’s leukemia persists despite treatment, Matt spirals deeper into depression. Depression and suicide are handled honestly and sincerely in the film as the Boyum family help Matt face his own illness.

Stephen Anthony Bailey gives a strong performance as the heroic Michael Boyum. He communicates the enduring joy as well as the deep sadness of his character. Michelle Larson is played by the bubbly Madison Lawler. Their on-screen chemistry warms the heart. While Bailey keeps a sparkle in his eye to represent Michael’s hope, Jamie Anderson (as Matt Boyum) aptly represents the darkness of depression in each of his scenes. The duo provides a visual contrast of the warring emotions wrapped so tightly in this film of faith, hope, and love.

Until Forever is a cross between the 2014 breakout film, God’s Not Dead, and Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to Remember. It seamlessly marries apologetics with a romantic love story. Discussions about doubt and faith aren’t forced, but rather a natural part of the discussion following a cancer diagnosis: Why would a loving God allow anyone to endure such a tragedy? Michael is honest about his struggle and lands solidly on the side of faith. He deals with his own questions about God and also ministers to others in the hospital. He befriends an unbelieving patient while in the hospital, sharing Christ’s love through his actions. Michael employs patient and loving dialog to remind those around him that they serve a faithful and loving God.

 

The Dove Foundation rated Until Forever “Faith-Friendly” for ages twelve and older. Scenes of self-harm and attempted suicide may alarm younger viewers. Questions of faith are presented, but all are resolved by the end of the film.

Until Forever won the International Christian Film Festival award for both Best Picture and Best Script. The film also won Audience Favorite at the Attic Film Festival.

Until Forever is presented by Gateway Films and Vision Video. Michael’s mother, Bonnie Boyum, produced her son’s love story in association with Carolyn Linn of Linn Productions. The film was written and directed by Michael Linn.

Until Forever is available for purchase on Amazon or streaming via Pure Flix.

 


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Kelly Smith is a small town girl who married a small town man. They have three children spanning preschool to teen. Her favorite indulgences are coffee, reading, writing, and running. Kelly believes we are created for community and loves to find ways to connect with other women who are walking in the shadow of the cross. She blogs at MrsDisciple.com.

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