Let There Be Light (2017)

Kevin Sorbo played Hercules on TV and in the movies, he’s been Kull and the star of  a series of Walking Tall movies. He’s also a nondenominational Christian who believes that his religious views have hurt his career.

“There’s a negativity towards Christians in Hollywood, and a negativity towards people who believe in God,” said Sorbo. He also considers himself politically independent, saying that he voted for Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. He also endorsed Donald Trump for President, claiming that “Jesus would have voted for Trump.”

So anyways. He made this movie.

Atheist Dr. Sol Harkens (Sorbo, who directed this film) debates a Christian leader, but more like destroys him on stage. Then he heads off to a party where he slams booze and strikes out with his own Russian model girlfriend before driving into a wall on the way home.

That’s when he finds himself in Heaven, where he meets his dead son David. He’s dead for about four minutes, which is an eternity in the afterlife or just enough time for David to tell him, “Let there be light.” This is a moment in our house like the secret word on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. I stand up, scream and throw things any time that someone says the name of the movie within a movie. For Let There Be Light, I exhausted myself. The title is repeated so many times, you’ll start angrily shouting it back at the characters.

That’s when the doctor discovers that he can’t be an atheist any longer. His Christian ex-wife Katy (Sam Sorbo, who co-wrote and co-produced this movie. In addition to playing Serena on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, she was also in Ed and His Dead Mother and is a Pittsburgh native) slowly starts to accept him, even if his kids are divided. Actually, I say that and this movie has no dramatic tension. They pretty much easily take him back.

The moment Dr. Sol proposes to Katy — literally as she’s telling the kids and asking them if it’s OK — she has a seizure because she has a rare form of brain cancer and is about to die.

Dr. Sol reacts to this news with the knowledge that it’s God’s plan. Yes, the man who railed against people when his son died is now cool that his wife is past the point of treatment. God works in mysterious ways.

Fox News’ Sean Hannity shows up and it’s treated as if he’s a bigger deal than Oprah. If I told you that he was an executive producer on this film, that may explain both points of the sentence above.

That’s when our hero has a masterstroke: he wants everyone in the world to shine their lights to the sky at night at the same time so that God can see us. Yes, even the horrible folks in Isis, who this movie takes multiple opportunities to attack.

The night of the Let There Be Light event, the Harkens sing Christmas carols and Dr. Sol’s wife dies in front of everyone. The end.

I wish that you guys could have heard this movie explained to me by my mother-in-law. I really do love the family I married into, but man, they really love films like this. I was in tears the entire time because I kept saying what the next plot twist was as she told me and I was correct every time. Of course the wife dies!

Sorbo brought along Daniel Roebuck (The FugitiveU.S. Marshalls), character actor Gary Grubbs, Travis Tritt, Dionne Warwick and one-time mobster and now motivational speaker Michael Franzese as Father Vinnie, who is now a made man in the eyes of the Lord. I yelled every one of his lines back to him in Andrew “Dice” Clay’s voice. Ohh!

This was a Sorbo family affair, with even their two kids, Braeden and Shane, playing the kids of the Harkins, Gus and Conner. It’s a natural follow-up to Sorbo’s work in God’s Not Dead.

Much like Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas, making fun of this movie makes me feel like I’m making fun of kids who were only allowed to watch The Waltons and Little House on the Prarie. So, you know, acting like I do pretty much all of the time. The one moment that I enjoyed here was a poster of one of Dr. Harkins’ books, that said that Hercules was more real than Jesus. Cute one, Sorbo family.

Watch this on Amazon Prime.

You can learn more about this movie at its official site.

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