Last night, my wife and I saw the film, Sound of Freedom. Catholic365 readers most likely already know about it. If you haven’t seen this film yet, please grab your first opportunity. It’s an important, and quite excellent film. Directed by Alejandro Monteverde, produced by Eduardo Verástegui, and starring Jim Caveizel, Sound of Freedom—based on true events—takes a deep, dramatic dive into the world of child sex trafficking.
Of course, as with almost everything in our contemporary society, people of various political persuasions are latching onto Sound of Freedom in one way or another.
Some simply seem upset that a movie with a largely right-leaning fan base is having such success. Then there are those who say the film over-simplifies the problem. Imagine that? A group of Hollywood storytellers making a non-documentary film can’t delve into every subtlety of a complicated topic. The motion picture industry would grind to a halt if every film were held to that standard.
Still others criticize Sound of Freedom for allegedly stoking the claims of right-wing conspiracy theorists. Personally, I didn’t come away feeling compelled to believe anything beyond the realm of probability. This is a straightforward, suspenseful drama, based on a brave man’s life and intended to shine some light into a very dark and unsavory corner of humanity that is profiting handsomely from the exploitation of children.
All I can say, as a member of tonight’s audience, is this: If even a fraction of what Sound of Freedom says is going on is true, we have a situation on our hands that makes Sodom and Gomorrah look like Mayberry and Walnut Grove.
The filmmakers hope Sound of Freedom will open people’s eyes to a horrific problem and lead to decisive action on the part of society. Can anyone sensibly argue that isn’t a noble goal?
Go see the film and make up your own mind about how it handles a very disturbing issue. At the very least, you’ll see a well-made movie featuring gifted actors.