The Armor of LightHD Closed Captioning
Abigail E. Disney
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About the Movie
The Armor of Light follows the journey of Evangelical minister Rob Schenck trying to find the courage to preach about gun violence in America. A well-known anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political right, he questions if being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Along the way, Schenck meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was murdered outside a gas station in Florida. His story casts a spotlight on so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws. McBath, a Christian, decides to work with Schenck, even though she is pro-choice. She is on a difficult journey of her own, trying to make sense of the devastating loss of her son by effecting political change. The film follows these unlikely allies through their trials of conscience, heartbreak and rejection, as they attempt to make others consider America’s gun culture through a moral lens.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 25
- Fresh: 24
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 7.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Not every point of view portrayed in the film will sit well with each viewer, but Mr. Schenck and Ms. McBath do their utmost to act in good faith.
Fresh: Christian leaders calling for gun control are the subjects of Abigail Disney's intelligent and emotionally charged documentary.
Fresh: Searching and earnest, Schenck rights the film when it stumbles. As someone who's fully present and in the moment, he's the antithesis of the shouting heads who dominate public debate and a fascinating film subject.
Fresh: The Armor of Light puts a human face on the perpetually divisive topic.
Plodding but important message
I’ve never understood how people who wear their religiosity on their shirtsleeves can be carrying a concealed weapon on the other sleeve, but Mr Schenck sits down with roomfuls of these folks with astonishing regularity.
What seems to me to be a moral issue - that gun violence has cascaded beyond our ability to stop it by anything less than an outright ban - is a line-in-the-sand political issue for evangelicals. Don’t take this as sarcasm: I thought we worshipped the Prince of Peace, not the Savior of Stand Your Ground or the God of Preemptive Strikes!
The message is astonishing, but the pace is abysmally slow. This is a tough documentary to watch purely because the same message might have been well-told in half the time.
I came to the video wondering where Mr Schenck really stands … if he’s been too bamboozled by the NRA and their cohorts in the ‘religious right’ to make a stand of his own. Call my cynical or suspicious, but the presentation didn’t answer that question for me. I really wish it had; the world needs people like Mr Schenck who are willing to martyr themselves to the crisis of violence.
As a white male, I am keenly aware that many of the groups in which Mr Schenck finds himself are either overtly racist or at the least, openly suspicious of blacks and other people of color. As he himself says, the gun issue among evangelicals is inextricably linked to race. Mr Schenck calls racism the "elephant in the room," without seeming too serious about beginning to eat the elephant a bite at a time.
Thoughtful look at 2nd amendment rights and Christian values
An evangelical minister wonders if it is consistent to be both pro-life and pro-gun. This is a movie which does not preach, but simply causes you to think about gun rights in a different light.