NOTE: I purposely misspelled “pedofiles,” so search engines and re-share/retweets don’t block my post. Just wanted to make everyone aware. My spell-check is screaming at me!
My BF and I have been talking A LOT about child trafficking lately, in relation to the fact that we both have grandchildren that our children love to put EVERY moment of their lives on social media (photos). TBH, it makes us nervous and scared, even though the long-distance relatives LOVE to see the photos — which I totally get. With pornography on the rise, pedofiles will steal pictures of innocent children for their sick pleasure. We have both begged our children to stop posting so much or to make their profiles super private — they’ve declared they have but I’ve already proven that their profiles are not as secure as they’ve proclaimed, but they know better than their aging parents! He and I have been in law enforcement and public service for years. We do know a little something about what we’re talking about, but they don’t agree. We’ve been called “paranoid” a few times lately. *Shrugs* Just trying to keep our precious grandbabies safe, because you can trust NO ONE these days.
So, I knew this movie was coming out and I wanted to see it, as I am also a trained human -trafficking DV advocate…I work in social services and I have to be cognizant of what to watch for when they come to my federal agency for services. However, we’ve both been so financially strapped lately that we cannot justify the expense of going to the movies, but we desperately needed a “date night.” We hadn’t gotten that lately, as I have been working two jobs and we’ve had vehicles and central AC units breaking down lately…needless to say, it’s been stressful!
So, I was reading a review of the Sound of Freedom, there was a link to free tickets. Wait, FREE??? What’s the catch??? The link was to Angel.com/Freedom, and I was skeptical at first. As the article continued, the reviewer also had checked out the link and Angel.com was legitimate, as the makers of the movie were wanting people to get out and see it, since they had such a difficult time marketing it and getting it to theatres. Angel.com allows people to “pay if forward” and purchase more tickets so more people can go and see it. I was intrigued and tried it. I admit it’s VERY legit and a brilliant idea! As soon as I get paid again, I am pledging $20 to it, so two more people can attend!
On to the MOVIE review. This movie, starring one of my favorite actors, Jim Caviezel, was so eye opening on how children are snatched, how they’re treated, how they’re ordered/marketed/exploited by pedofiles and their sick, sick network. Jim plays Tim Ballard, a special operative with the Department of Homeland security, who helps bust pedofile rings and legally prosecute them. However, when questioned how he can continue on, by a fellow DHS agent, about how they never see any children freed, is where the movie truly begins Tim’s “hero’s journey!”
This movie is an incredibly powerful and moving film that leaves a lasting impact on its audience. Based on true events, this movie tells the harrowing and inspiring story of a real-life hero who dedicated his life to rescuing victims of human trafficking.
From the moment the film begins, the audience is captivated by its intense and emotional storyline. The Sound of Freedom not only sheds light on the dark and disturbing world of human trafficking but also showcases the resilience of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable adversity.
The performances in the film are nothing short of extraordinary. There are cameos by actors you recognize, such as Mira Sorvino playing Tim’s wife. The actors bring depth and authenticity to their roles, making us truly empathize with the characters and their struggles. Their performances not only make the audience emotionally invested in the story but also serve as a stark reminder of the real-life heroes who fight tirelessly to combat human trafficking and bring hope to its victims.
What truly sets this movie apart is its unflinching portrayal of the horrors of human trafficking. The filmmakers do not shy away from showing the brutality and darkness that exists in this world, but they do so with sensitivity and a purpose. This film serves as a wake-up call to the global issue of human trafficking, urging viewers to take action and support efforts to eradicate this heinous crime.
Additionally, the movie’s direction and cinematography are commendable, for as low-budget as I read this movie was. The film beautifully captures various settings, from the dangerous and suspenseful rescue missions to the emotional and heartwarming moments of triumph and hope. The gripping and suspenseful sequences keep viewers on the edge of their seats, while the tender and emotional scenes leave a lasting impression. Hearing the happiness of the rescue scene, made me tear up — I will admit.
The Sound of Freedom is not just a movie; it’s a call for action and a testament to the power of compassion and determination. It leaves the audience with a renewed sense of empathy and a desire to make a difference in the world. This movie will stay with you long after the credits roll, urging you to join the fight against human trafficking and be a part of the sound of freedom for the oppressed.
Tim Ballard is the CEO and founder of Operation Underground Railroad. This movie shows the start of that organization, an organization that assists in the fight against child trafficking and sexual exploitation. More about that organization here. They previously had a wonderful free training that I completed, on the “Signs of Trafficking” course, which was free and online. I can no longer find that course, but Polaris Project has one, called “Human Trafficking 101,” that I just took. It was amazing too! It can be found, free and online, HERE.
Lastly, here is how to get in touch with professionals, if you suspect human trafficking: