Until Forever

DVD Release: February 12, 2016
Until Forever
Dove "Faith-Friendly"
For Ages 12 and Over

Synopsis

“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.

Michael and Michelle’s relationship is filled with love and laughter and bonded with strong faith. However, the young couple’s dream of a future together is interrupted when Michael is diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. Now they are confronted with circumstances that will test the boundaries of their commitment.

Based on the heroic true story of Michael and Michelle Boyum, “Until Forever” is a charming, honest and deeply moving film that clearly communicates the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

Dove Review

Based on a true story, “Until Forever” is a five-Dove movie. This excellent film focuses on the story of Michael Boyum and Michelle Larson, who became Michael’s bride even though he was battling Leukemia and was not expected to live. The movie features strong acting — especially that of Stephen Anthony Bailey as Michael and Madison Lawlor as Michelle — a tightly written script, and wonderful music. It speaks to the themes of suffering and the big question that everyone has at one time or another: “Why?”

Michael, a karate teacher, meets Michelle, and immediately they have sparks between them. They have fun on dates, share faith in God, and enjoy a memorable prom. However, Michael doesn’t feel well and learns that he has Leukemia and must start chemotherapy right away. Michelle is right there to support and comfort him, but he actually needs little of that. He seems to think he was sent to the hospital to minister to and encourage others, which he does. He reads the Bible to a man named Fenton, who doesn’t appreciate it at first, but he and Michael become good friends, despite their philosophical differences.

Michael rides the highs and lows of being in remission and then discovering the cancer has returned. His brother, Matt, has broken up with his girlfriend and plays football games without parental support, as his parents are often at the hospital supporting Michael. Matt battles depression and has doubts about God, especially when his bone marrow donation seems to work at first, only to have the cancer return in Michael’s body. When all looks grim for Michael, Michelle decides she and Michael should marry and believes he is her soul mate and that God brought them together. The problem is that Michael fears Michelle will end up being a widow. The drama of these various plot lines are nicely handled, along with doses of humor in appropriate spots. The film also makes the point that God will help people through their suffering. This touching film will stir the emotions and amaze the viewer with its story of an impressive young man named Michael Boyum. Real-life video clips of Michael and Michelle are shown at the end of the film. The movie has earned our “Faith-Friendly” 12-plus Seal.

Content Description

Sex: A couple who marries kisses in several scenes; husband and wife lie in bed together and talk.
Language: Butt-3; Sucks-2
Violence: Young man strikes at object in anger; a young man smashes his head against a mirror, and a few drops of blood fall; the same young man grabs a sharp piece of glass to cut his wrist, but he doesn't.
Drugs: A young man takes all of his prescription pills in order to commit suicide, but he is saved; a young man goes through chemo treatments for his Leukemia.
Nudity: Shirtless young man.
Other: A man doubts the Bible, calling it a "fairy tale" and "garbage"; a man talks about the misery that God allows and says He is "monstrous"; a few characters become angry with God and question why He is allowing certain events to happen; a character is ill and vomits a few times; death and grief; a young man is suicidal and almost jumps off a bridge, but he is set free by film's end; a woman questions God but moves ahead in faith.

Info

Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Source: Video
Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Writer: Michael Linn
Director: Michael Linn
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 100 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated