Film Review: Sound of Freedom 自由之聲 (2023) USA 🇺🇸
Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia 🇦🇺)
Putting the political agendas aside, “Sound of Freedom” directed by Alejandro Monteverde remains one of the most important and powerful film in 2023 portraying a message that resonates with the audience as we understand the true implications of these atrocious actions happening to innocent children is truly unimaginable. Often censored or difficult to make, these kind of cinemas are needed, even to just raise the awareness that more is needed to be done to end the nightmarish human trafficking for our next generations.
Jim Caviezel takes on the mantle of the leading role a former U.S. government agent who embarks on a mission to rescue trafficked children deep in the jungles of anarchy and dangerous Colombia. Caviezel shows good presence and holds the film together in its more tense moments, especially during the purse sweating escape finale. Bill Camp plays the veteran with local connections, provides good chemistry as the duo go thru adversity to rescue the kids.
All in all, “Sound of Freedom” is not the typical Hollywood experience, instead, we witness life and death situations that are happening right now across the world. It is almost sad to witness the atrocities that these children are being forced into. It is also undeniable that these kind of trafficking continues to happen because there is a demand for it. Director Monteverde created a sleeper hit without mega studio support, but showing how people and audience power can have an influence of what we see onscreen. Important film to watch to raise awareness of a true pressing concern.
I rated it 8/10