Hot Takes are student-written reviews of relevant books (especially books in the library of the Bible), movies, shows, events, technology, and anything interesting or important to students (13-17 years of age). Usually light-hearted, each piece is all about developing a Biblical worldview, increasing Biblical literacy, and supplementing student ministries.

Are you looking for a film that’s more than just kickin’ cinematography and heart-thumping action? Maybe you should checkout the 2022 hit “Sound of Freedom” that’s still making its mark in all kinds of ways.

Ever heard of Tim Ballard? No? Well, let Jim Caviezel introduce you in the role of this ex-US government maverick who has a single mission – to obliterate the nightmare that is human trafficking. Ballard is also the founder of O.U.R. (Operation Underground Railroad) and force in bringing a movie that showcases that mission to the big screen.

Lookout: This is the Sound of Spoilers!

Now, I’ve seen a ton of movies, but the scene where the O.U.R. team infiltrates a Colombian brothel to save Rocío (played by Cristal Aparicio), a girl ensnared in this world since, well, forever, is on another level!

But, here’s why this movie matters more than most movies you will ever see:

It’s a wake up call!
The abyss of human trafficking is haunting, real, and this film does not sugarcoat anything.

It’s a shot in the arm for courage, resilience, and fire to make a change.
More of us need that Ballard-kinda energy. Who knows? The next hero could be scrolling along or listening to this right now.

Online safety matters to you. Yes, you!
Predators ain’t just in movies. With our whole lives practically online, this film’s a reminder to not let our guards down.

It’s a spark to channel our passion.
Talk, share, donate, or volunteer. We don’t have to wait until we’re older to make a difference!

But, before you run off and stream this flick by yourself, you need to know that this movie is deep, dark, and doesn’t hold back. Maybe gather the fam, pop some corn, and watch it together. And post-movie? Talk about it.

Sound of Freedom is more than entertainment, it’s a conversation starter. And if this is the way you end up going, remember what God challenges us to do through the words of one of the wisest kings to ever live.

Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves.
    Speak up for the rights of all those who are poor.
Speak up and judge fairly.
    Speak up for the rights of those who are poor and needy.” -Proverbs 31:8-9

If you’re on the prowl for a blend of adrenaline and reflection, “Sound of Freedom” is where it’s at. Be warned though, it might just shift something inside you. And if it does? That might just be the sound of God calling you out to make a difference.


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