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Kevin Sorbo in The Reliant

Kevin Sorbo in The Reliant

“The Reliant” is a faith-based, feature length action film made by Fervent House Media. It stars Kevin Sorbo, Brian Bosworth, Mollee Gray, Eric Roberts, Julia Denton and many others. The film was completed in the summer of 2018 and is seeking a distributor for 2019 theatrical release.

This motion picture drama tells the story of “an economic catastrophe that precipitates widespread rioting and social unrest across the nation, leaving a lovesick 21-year-old girl struggling to care for her siblings in a stretch of woods bordered by lawless anarchy, wondering why a good God would let this happen.”

According to Producer Dr. J.P. Johnston,

“Without a doubt, the most powerful way to influence the next generation is cinema. And not cheesy, B-rated ‘preachy’ movies that ‘preach to the choir,’ but powerfully engaging, unpredictable, realistic, relevant, unforgettable stories that will leave audiences changed and hungry for more.”

“THE RELIANT takes the hard questions head on. Questions like ‘Why do bad things happen to good people?’ In a winsome and entertaining, edge-of-your-seat fashion, questions are answered in a way that honors God, satisfies the conscience, and vindicates liberty.”

Dr. Johnston is a family practice physician and the founder of the Association of Pro-life Physicians ( He has reportedly written 10 novels.

Submission of the film to the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) for rating, produced an unexpected result. The MPAA rated it “R” for some violence. The producer reports that the film does not glamorize violence, and it was specifically and carefully designed to easily receive a more favorable rating. Dr. Johnston believes the MPAA is biased, and is, in effect, trying to prevent the film’s success because it is not only faith-based, but also pro-2nd Amendment. Johnston suggests,

“That’s just more than the Hollywood elites can handle.”

“Yes, Kevin Sorbo’s character and his children use weapons to defend themselves from armed looters, but it is so much less violence than even many PG-13 action films. This is an entertaining but God-honoring film. We were so careful to prevent the ‘The Reliant’ from coming anywhere near an ‘R’ rating.”

The MPAA ruling is being appealed, and the producer is currently raising funds for this effort and for upcoming marketing costs (see Indiegogo page).

The film is directed by Paul Munger, with expert Director of Photography James Burgess—who himself has produced and directed hundreds of films, videos and TV commercials.

The music was composed by James Everingham and recorded at The Abbey Road Studios, London.

The movie’s official Web sites: and