Friday, September 3, 2010
Kevin Sorbo and Kristy Swanson in Dallas Jenkins' Christianity-themed WHAT IF...
WHAT IF..., no surprise, is the title of the film in question, and to be honest, it's not Hercules who finds Jesus, but rather another character played by actor Kevin Sorbo, the very ship-shape fellow whose career took off when he starred in the popular television series as that Greek hero of antiquity. That was fifteen years ago. In the meantime the man has learned to act -- and do it pretty well -- if this film, directed by actor/producer/director Dallas Jenkins (shown at right) is any indication. Sorbo, shown below, plays Ben Walker, a man who walked out on his girlfriend years before and, due to religious circumstances beyond his control, is suddenly thrust into the life he might have led, had he not done that "walking."
TrustMovies in themed pairs: two surfing movies in the same number of weeks, and now two Christian films over the same time period: last week's The Least Among You and this one -- which is by far the more slickly produced: soft rock music, nearly "name" actors, and a real feel for the kind of sentimental, feel-good goo that mainly-TV-watching, mainstream Americans might enjoy. And all of it bundled neatly into a package clearly labeled Christianity's the only answer.
Jimmy Stewart/Donna Reed-lite: It's a Pretty Good Life -- pleasant, competently acted, written and directed, all-in-all quite professionally put together. And awfully predictable.
John Ratzenberger, above, as a chummy, no-nonsense kind of guy as ready with his fist as with his mouth) corners our hero, forcing him to play along with everything because it's all god's doing, the film begins pounding away. The already-converted will likely love it; others may roll their eyes.
Kristy Swanson (above and below) is fine, too, as the woman he left behind, though she is called upon to do little but be the good Christian wife who stands by her man -- once she has helped corral him back to the wonders of his former religion.
, from PureFlix, began its theatrical run a couple of weeks ago in select theaters around the country and will continue playing in many cities nationwide the country during this end-of-summer/into-the-fall season. Click here to find cities, dates and theaters. Look for a DVD release in early 2011.