Kevin Sorbo’s Godsploitation flick features a cynical atheist finding religion with help from Sean Hannity. Is it as bad as it sounds? We speak to its creators
Imagine a film in which Christopher Hitchens has been born again as The Simpsons’ Ned Flanders. And that he gets endorsement from Donald Trump’s preferred blowhard, Fox News’s Sean Hannity, for a Christian phone app to be deployed against the forces of darkness. You would watch that, right?
Let There Be Light is that movie. Released in the US in 2017, but only now getting a UK release, it stars Kevin Sorbo as Sol Harkens, the self-styled “world’s biggest atheist”, who undergoes a cinematic conversion that for sheer verve rivals Michael Caine’s in The Muppets Christmas Carol.
Sorbo’s name may not ring bells, but his muscles will. From 1993 to 1999 he played the lead in Hercules, which, Sorbo’s website tell us, is “the most watched TV show in the world, airing in 176 countries”. And he has another life as proselytiser for his Christian faith. He recently voiced God in an 18-CD reading of the New Testament. He shares his mission with his wife, Sam, whom he met when she guest starred as Hercules’s love interest Serena.
Over the phone as the pair travel from Munich to Brussels, Sam explains the idea behind the film: “There’s a darkness that wants to enslave people.” She means the growth of secularism and of fundamentalist Islam, typified by Islamic State. “We want people to have hope,” adds Kevin. “The darkness is a loss of faith.”