World-famous lifelong atheist Dr. Sol Harkens (Kevin Sorbo) delights in debating and defeating Christians but is emotionally empty. Isolated from Katy (Sam Sorbo), the wife he divorced following the harrowing loss of their first son, and a lousy part-time dad to their two younger boys, his self-destruction culminates in a car crash that leaves him clinically dead for four minutes. The four-word message from that experience challenges his convictions, sending him into a panicked tailspin. Reluctantly leaning on his family’s forgiveness, love and faith, Sol struggles to find meaning and purpose in the words “Let There Be Light.”
Kevin Sorbo gives a tour-de-force performance as Dr. Sol (Solomon) Harkens, a popular author and debater against the possibility of the reality of God and Christ. In fact, his latest best-seller is titled, Aborting God: The Reasoned Choice. There is a reason for his nasty dislike of the Almighty; his son Davy died of cancer and Sol says if there is a God, he wouldn’t be interested in speaking to Him. Interestingly enough Sol’s ex-wife, Katy (Sam Sorbo), continues to tell him she will pray for him.
Shortly after touting “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” during his public debate, he is drinking and driving when he loses control of his car and crashes. He is clinically dead for four minutes, and what happens is amazing—he sees his son Davy, who embraces him and tells him, “Let there be light.” He feels a love and warmth that he has never experienced before. When he wakes up in the hospital, he is confronted with a decision that demands to be made–does he ignore what happened, or does he seek out the truth and the meaning behind Davy’s statement, “Let there be light.”
This is a remarkable film, showing clearly how the power of God’s love can shed light into a person’s heart, despite the darkness. The performances are strong, including that of Daniel Roebuck who plays Sol’s agent, Norm, and calls everyone “Darling!” There will be more difficulties for Sol to wade through once he makes a firm decision as to where he stands on the faith issue, but the story is brought to a powerful conclusion and is well directed. This is a quality movie and well worth seeing. If we were handing out Doves or stars, this one would get the most it could, five! Sorbo’s film shines! This movie has earned our Dove-Approved Seal for Ages 12+. See it as soon as you can and encourage others to do the same. Once I started watching, I couldn’t stop!