Hollywood used to make wonderful morally-steeped films, says actress and filmmaker Sam Sorbo.
But those days are gone.
Today, Sorbo notes, Hollywood filmmakers seem to go out of their way specifically to show people of faith in a very negative light.
“The villain is often the priest, the cardinal, the pastor,” notes Sorbo. “But Hollywood forgets that the majority of Americans believe, and the great success of faith-based films is proof that people yearn for stories that give them an honest spiritual environment, that make them feel at home.”
One such movie that will be hitting movie theaters is Let There Be Light, the script for which Sorbo co-wrote with screenwriter Dan Gordon (Wyatt Earp, Highway to Heaven, The Hurricane).
Let There Be Light tells the story of Dr. Sol Harkens, who has dedicated his life to the cause of atheism after losing his young son to cancer. Though Harkens has gained success as a best-selling author and celebrity debater, he is empty and distraught on the inside, and his increasing reliance on alcohol to numb the pain is only making things worse. Furthermore, his New York party lifestyle has isolated him from his ex-wife and their two remaining sons.
But after a near-death experience, Harkens’ outlook on life begins to change as he struggles to find meaning and purpose in the words “let there be light.”
“Let There Be Light is one of those faith-based movies that gets better and better as it goes along,” stated a review of the film by MovieGuide.
“What a powerful movie!” exclaimed Franklin Graham of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse. “An emotional roller coaster ride with one of the most compelling presentations of the Gospel that I have ever seen on film. Definitely a must-see.”
This past Sunday, talk show host Sean Hannity, the film’s executive producer, made a special guest appearance at First Baptist Church in Dallas and told the congregation, “I felt this will be a little bit of an antidote to Hollywood.”
“I’m proud of the project,” he told the church’s pastor, Dr. Robert Jeffress. And though Hannity was new to filmmaking, he said in just a short amount of time “the story inspired me.”
“And I think it will inspire all of you,” he said.
Jeffress concluded his interview with Hannity by encouraging his congregation to take a non-Christian friend with them to see the film.
“It will be a great discussion starter for non-Christians,” he said.
Sorbo also encouraged Christian moviegoers to do the same, noting that the film’s “faith-based” label doesn’t mean it isn’t for those without faith.
“I reject the notion that this movie isn’t for all audiences because it is a ‘faith-based’ film,” she told NRB Today.
“This movie is a good story, first and foremost, told in a meaningful and moving way,” she said. “It’s a story about universal issues, life and death, love and grief, forgiveness and grace. But ultimately, the movie is about hope. And that’s how people leave the theater, filled with hope and uplifted.”
Sorbo is encouraging Christians to tell their family, bring their friends, and go see Let There Be Light.
“Make a statement that you stand against the tidal wave of darkness, and films that substitute intelligence with brutality, wherein dehumanizing negativity gets glorified,” she said.
“With everything that is coming out of Hollywood now, it’s so important for the Christian worldview to come back into prominence, because our culture is led by storytellers! Let’s send Hollywood a message that we want uplifting, moral content in our entertainment, instead of the doomsday, survival of the fittest worldview that is so common in film today. Go see this film on opening weekend, and help us start a movement to get back to filmmaking and storytelling like Hollywood used to do!”
Let There Be Light hits theaters October 27.
For details, visit lettherebelightmovie.com.
By NRB Staff
Published: October 26, 2017