God’s Children Are Not For Sale: A Review of “Sound of Freedom”
Often we take simple things for granted, such as the liberty to walk to the store. What if you couldn’t do that anymore? Imagine someone controlling your life all hours of the day and forcing you to do horrific things. Millions of children are trapped in a modern-day holocaust that’s now being exposed on the silver screen.
The movie “Sound of Freedom” is based on a true story. Jim Caviezel (who played Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ”) stars as Tim Ballard, a former Homeland Security agent who later quit his job to devote his life to rescuing children caught in sex trafficking. Early in the movie, Tim and his associates arrest a man for downloading child pornography. Information obtained through this pedophile enabled Tim to track down another one attempting to smuggle a Honduran boy across the border. Tim soon learns the boy’s sister is held captive by traffickers. He then embarks on a dangerous mission in Colombia to save her.
“Sound of Freedom” encountered opposition from Hollywood. It was originally completed in 2018 and slated for release by 20th Century Fox, but Disney shelved the project when it acquired the studio (ironically, many Disney promos were shown before I watched the movie this past Wednesday). The filmmakers bought back the distribution rights. After rejections from other outlets, Angel Studios used equity crowdfunding to raise money to distribute and market the film. On the day of its release, “Sound of Freedom” was number one at the box office. It even outperformed the latest Indiana Jones flick. The movie has now grossed over $100 million.
There is a small amount of profanity in “Sound of Freedom.” Otherwise, I believe everyone should see this movie. The epilogue points out there are more people enslaved today than in any other time in history, including when slavery was legal. Mel Gibson (who produced and directed “The Passion of the Christ”) endorsed this movie by stating, “One of the most disturbing problems in our world today is human trafficking...The first step in eradicating this crime is awareness.” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy will be showing the movie on Capitol Hill this Tuesday night with Jim Caviezel and Tim Ballard joining him. I pray it will inspire more politicians to get serious about tightening our borders. That would help reduce trafficking in this country.
If rising ticket prices have repelled you from going to theaters, there is a promotion where one can see “Sound of Freedom” for free. A memorable line made in the movie by Jim Caviezel is, “God’s children are not for sale.” He also quotes a Scripture that should be a warning to anyone considering partaking in sinful activities involving kids.
“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” - Matthew 18:6