Heaven’s Door (DVD)

“See What Can’t Be Seen…And Do What Can’t Be Done.”

When Riley’s (Kirsten Dorn, Gabe the Cupid Dog) grandpa dies, she loses interest in everything — except angels. Spurred on by her grandmother (Joanna Cassidy, Blade Runner) she looks into the possibility of an afterlife. So imagine her surprise when a mis-kicked soccer ball leads her to discover Heaven. An even bigger surprise? She learns her trip to Heaven has imbued her with healing powers.

However, mom Julie (Charisma Carpenter, Angel) and dad Leo (Dean Cain, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) are going through a separation so Riley says nothing about her gift until circumstances force the confession. However, Riley’s continued use of her powers will have consequences of the direst kind. The only thing that will see this family through is the faith they’re all struggling to hold on to.

Speaking of struggling, Heaven’s Door struggles to keep the story moving. There are several side stories — like Riley’s reluctance to play soccer and Julie’s issues with her boss — which merely sidetrack the main storyline. I had no trouble with the acting. Carpenter and Cain have a convincing chemistry and Dorn is more compelling than I honestly expected from someone so young. The script tries to stretch out the runtime by needlessly compounding the story instead of embellishing the main arc. It stumbles instead of shines.

The video had a nice natural color palette and the special effects were handled well. What could have looked incredibly cheesy instead looked a little low budget but effective nonetheless. The Dolby 5.1 track was more than the film needed, honestly, so I was pleased by that.

There were no special features.

Heaven’s Door wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t something I’ll likely watch again. The performances were convincing, but the material lacked depth and cohesiveness. Stream it, if you’re interested.

THE VERDICT

A slightly tarnished halo.

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