Thursday, May 14, 2015

Movie Review: The Cokeville Miracle

Last week I had the privilege of attending a screening of The Cokeville Miracle, a film that is being released in theaters on June 5th. With several survivors in attendance, the experience was quite emotional. Not only was the film well done, but it has a wonderful message about seeing miracles in our lives.

It is not unusual for me to cry during movies, but the tears I shed watching The Cokeville Miracle were not solitary. Throughout the film I heard many others crying. I was really impressed by this film, and can see why it won an Audience Choice Award.

Cokeville is only about two and a half hours away from the small town where I grew up. It hasn't ever been on my radar before, but I was able to relate to the people. I think it's a sign of a good movie when I have a desire to learn more about the actual event.

I believe in miracles, and have seen them in my own life numerous times. If you are looking for an uplifting film, be sure to find a theater where you can watch The Cokeville Miracle.

This Saturday, May 16th, marks the 29 year anniversary of the hostage crisis. Spend time that day with the people you love. #seemiracles



From T.C. Christensen comes The Cokeville Miracle, the remarkable true story of a town facing a terrible tragedy, and the Sheriff’s investigator who struggles with his faith as he gathers evidence that defies easy explanation.


Cokeville Wyoming, a town of just over 500 people that sits near the Utah-Idaho border, is not known for much beyond it’s strong family values, but in 1986 Cokeville made national headlines when a madman and his wife entered the elementary school with guns and bomb. They gathered over 100 children and teachers into a small room, and made a demand: $200 million dollars for the lives of the children—but then the bomb went off...

The Cokeville Miracle is not just the story of a hostage crisis, or a terror attack on American soil. It is not just the story of a bomb that could have destroyed an entire generation, and ripped a town apart. The Cokeville Miracle is about what happened instead. How did a bomb that should have leveled the room take only two lives that day, the madman and his wife? Each child, each adult who made it out of that room has a story to tell. Follow the Sheriff’s investigator Ron Hartley as he pieces together the evidence, including stories of prayer and divine intervention from multiple witnesses. Gather the evidence and decide for yourself. Do you see coincidence, or do you see miracles?