Sound of Freedom Deserves the Applause

Sound of Freedom star
Photo courtesy Angel Studios

Hollywood insiders were stunned when Sound of Freedom, a low-budget “message” film by Angel Studios, soared to the top of the box office after its July 4th opening. Going head to head with blockbusters like “Indiana Jones,” the film struck a chord with audiences everywhere it played. Some audiences even gave the film standing ovations. More importantly, they all urged their family and friends to see this inspirational film.

Jim Caviezel Stars in Sound of Freedom

Caviezel, who played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, is perfectly cast as former Homeland Security agent Tim Ballard. After spending 12 years helping catch and convict pedophiles, the devoted husband and father of six children felt the need to do more. He wanted to rescue children enslaved by the multi-billion dollar sex trafficking trade. He gained the trust of a pedophile in California, who unwittingly assisted him in meeting—and rescuing– eight-year-old Miguel.

The boy had been kidnapped from his father in Honduras and sold to a pedophile in Mexico. When Ballard learned the boy’s 11-year-old sister was also a victim, he determined to free her as well. With the support of his wife, Ballard eventually quit his job to focus on those efforts. His single-minded pursuit to rescue innocent victims is the heart of the film.

Outwitting the Sex Traffickers

Ballard found help from an unexpected source when Vampira (Bill Camp), a former money launderer for the Columbian drug cartel, agrees to introduce him to some sleazy criminal contacts. The unlikely duo set up a sting operation by pretending to open a members’ only club for wealthy pedophiles on a remote island. They manage to pull off several thrilling rescues, such as freeing 55 children brought by sex traffickers to their “secret island.”

Sound of Freedom deserves applause
Photo courtesy Angel Studios

When Ballard learns that Miguel’s sister (Cristal Aparicio) was sold to a rebel camp hidden deep in the jungle, he and Vampira set off on a dangerous boat trip downriver to find her. By impersonating a doctor carrying vaccines, Ballard is able to infiltrate the camp where she is held and attempt her rescue.

While some critics sneered at the “hokey” film, and such dialogue as Ballard declaring “God’s children are not for sale,” the film touched the hearts of the public. Sound of Freedom forced us to focus on the horrors of child sex trafficking. Although the majority of the young victims are from third-world countries, none are safe from these predators.

Sound of Freedom

The film was directed by Alejandro Monteverde with screenplay by him and Rod Barr. Rated PG-13, it is drawing large crowds to theaters across the U.S. It features a terrific performance by Jim Caviezel and other leads. It also features great cinematography by Gorka Gomez Andreu, and is produced and distributed by Angel Studios (“The Chosen”). Bravo to them, and the rest of the cast and crew who brought this compelling story to us. The real hero of the story, tim Ballard, has now established Operation Underground Railroad, a nonprofit working tirelessly to help rescue child sex trafficking victims.

“Sound of Freedom has taken on a life of its own. We’re getting messages from all over the country telling us about packed theaters, sold-out theaters, and spontaneous standing ovations for the film in numerous locations,” said Brandon Purdie, Head of Theatrical Distribution at Angel Studios. “We’re deeply grateful to AMC, Cinemark, Regal, and all our theater partners—and their hard-working theater staff members—for working with us to accommodate the surging demand for this film, and having the courage to release it during the busiest movie season of the year.”

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Jo Ann Holt
Jo Ann Holt is an award-winning journalist with 40+ years of experience as a writer and editor. She loves live performances, from country music concerts to Broadway musicals to community theatre productions. Holt also enjoys art and cultural festivals, and good food and wine. She’s toured Amsterdam, London, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and various cities in Mexico but looks forward to visiting even more countries. She has traveled by boat, plane, and train, but especially likes taking long road trips across the U.S. with her husband, retired history professor Durhl Caussey. They enjoy meeting friendly people, learning about different cultures, and visiting historic sites wherever they go.