“Sound of Freedom” places its message about child sex trafficking at the forefront, overshadowing its storytelling. The film’s primary objective is to create a heightened awareness of the horrors associated with this issue. It achieves this by presenting disturbing scenes of endangered children, manipulated by despicable adults, and ensuring their faces leave a lasting impact. The central character is Tim Ballard, an American man whose unwavering compassion leads him to leave his job at Homeland Security, just months away from earning a pension, to rescue children undercover in Colombia. Jim Caviezel delivers a sincere and gravely serious performance, reminiscent of his portrayal of Jesus Christ in “The Passion of the Christ.”
While the story is based on true events, it struggles to come alive due to its heavy-handed execution. Director Alejandro Monteverde meets the basic requirements for a message-driven film, but falls short of fully realizing its ambitious cinematic potential. If “Sound of Freedom” were less preoccupied with its significance, it could transcend being a mere mood piece and become a truly captivating movie.
On its own, “Sound of Freedom” is a solemn and drawn-out experience, lacking a particularly bold narrative stance. Caring for the safety of children is a cause that should resonate easily with any decent human being. Previous films like “Gone Baby Gone” and “Taken” have effectively capitalized on this tension, drawing audiences in when children are abducted and placed in peril. However, the truncated storytelling by co-writers Monteverde and Rod Barr fails to fully develop its ideas or characters, leaving Tim Ballard’s painstaking search for two specific children (Miguel, played by Lucás Ávila, and Rocío, played by Cristal Aparicio) without the necessary intensity. The framing of the film as a “true story” initially adds an edge, but ultimately loses its impact. Visit flixtor to for more!