Ways to Live Forever Movie Review

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Starring: Robbie Kay, Alex Etel, Ben Chaplin, Emilia Fox, Greta Scacchi, Ella Purnell, Phyllida Law

Directed by: Gustavo Ron

Rated: PG-13

Run Time: 90 mins

Genre: Drama/ Family


Opens October 18th


By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com

Hey Phoenix Film Fans!  Opening this week is an award winning film based on the novel of the same name by Sally Nicholls. “Ways to Live Forever” stars Ben Chapin, Emilia Fox, Gretta Scacchi, Robbie Kay and Alex Etel.


Like any 12 year old boy, Sam (Robbie Kay) has wishes and dreams that he wants to accomplish in his life. Blessed with a curious mind, Sam is fascinated with information and wants to explore all that life can offer. Only catch is that his life span is at risk for being cut short since he was diagnosed with leukemia and his doctors don’t give him much time to live. His best friend Felix (Alex Etel) he met while in the hospital and together they plan out how to full fill Sam’s “bucket list” before he dies.


From breaking a world record, to doing teenage things, to seeing the stars in a spaceship, those closest to Sam help him record his thoughts on life before his illness can get the best of him. Will Sam be able to accomplish his list or will life get the best of him?


Not since “My Girl” has a film about childhood death been so poignant in the way life is seen through a child’s eyes. Truly a heart-warming film with such  tough subjects, this one is a tearjerker that will also bring a smile to your face. Not only are the child actors fantastic in this film, the story is so touching that I recommend bringing a box of tissues to the theater. The best way to sum this film up is to compare it to “My Girl” meets “The Bucket List”.


In a very cool promotion to see this film, the distributors of this film are teaming up with numerous health organizations, hospitals, and cancer foundations throughout the US (including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins, and more) to promote the film, and will be donating a portion of the box office proceeds back in support of their efforts (for the complete list, visit http://waystoliveforevermovie.com/home/index.php/supporters. Be sure to catch “Ways to Live Forever” when it opens in theaters starting Friday October 18,2013.