Reflections // 90 Minutes in Heaven

Hey there!

On Sunday, I watched the movie “90 Minutes in Heaven,” and decided to do a short review. So, I’m doing an extra post this week!

Here’s the synopsis, as found on the 90 Minutes in Heaven website.

“On the way home from a conference, Don Piper’s car was crushed by a semitruck that crossed into his lane. Medical personnel said he died instantly. While his body lay lifeless inside the ruins of his car, Piper experienced the glories of heaven, awed by its beauty and music. 90 minutes after the wreck, while a minister prayed for him, Piper miraculously returned to life on earth with only the memory of inexpressible heavenly bliss. Then his grueling recovery began.”

The movie had me hooked. Yes. So much that it took me an hour to finish a small styrofoam cupful of popcorn.

But that’s beside the point.

So, here’s to the review.

Positive Elements

Don Piper showed an obvious love for his family, and exhibited fine leadership qualities as a father. His zeal for the LORD, though somewhat abated during his recovery period, is evident in his conduct.

Much of the movie is about Don’s recovery period, during which we see inspiring examples of how friends and family supported the Pipers in their time of difficulty. His wife, Eva Piper, sacrificed much to care for him. We also see courageous Christian leaders stepping out to do what was needed for Don, and creating a positive impact on others.

Violence

The accident and hospital scenes are, in my opinion, quite gory. Don’s crash was a terrible one, leaving him in a gruesome condition.

Sexual Content

Don kisses and holds his wife several times in the movie.

Crude or Profane Language

None.

Drug or Alcohol Content

Don is given pain-relieving medication while in the hospital.

Negative Elements

Minimal. There is a little “pee” joke after the dog pees in the living room, and another mild one when his complicated apparatus gets stuck on the toilet seat.

Some would probably disagree with me on this, but I think Don was clearly depressed, having lost all desire to live.

Conclusion

This is a great movie that I would definitely recommend! However, I’d say to be wary if you are easily put off by bloody scenes. I could identify with Don and Eva in several scenes, and though the characters do seem “perfect,” their weaknesses do show up in several places. But overall, the message that the movie left me with was an incredibly encouraging and motivating one: Sometimes we don’t end up fulfilling our dreams; God uses them to help us discover His purpose for us. And isn’t that what we all want? To be who He wants us to be? To bless others? The answer for me is most certainly a “Yes!”