The depths of the depravity of human sin are never more blatantly on display than in the horrors of human trafficking.
Tens of thousands of children are caught in the web of sex slavery and trafficking each year. It is a $150 billion dollar industry worldwide.
And it is the focus of actor Jim Caviezel’s new movie, “The Sound of Freedom,” releasing on July 4th, the day America celebrates its independence.
In the film, Caviezel plays federal agent Tim Ballard, who quit his job to rescue children from human traffickers. It’s an action-packed movie with a heart.
For Caviezel, the film is personal.
“My wife and I adopted three children from China. And I was well aware … of the problems and dangers that children face globally.”
Caviezel is a devout Christian who’s probably best known for portraying Jesus in Mel Gibson’s film “Passion of the Christ.”
He said that this new film exposes the spiritual evil that all people can be complicit in unknowingly — simply by doing nothing.
Caviezel worked closely with Ballard to learn the ins and outs of how agents go after traffickers.
But Ballard told him how one encounter with one boy became a game changer.
A scene from the new film, “The Sound of Freedom,” starring Jim Caviezel. The story becomes so much larger than rescuing just one girl from human trafficking. (Angel Studios/"The Sound of Freedom")
“He’s met with an opportunity when he takes on the worst pedophile trafficker they’d ever seen. And he saves this little boy. And the five-year-old boy says, ‘Will you save my sister?’ So, Ballard goes home, talks to his wife. She sends him out, and he tries to find this little girl. [That’s] the basis of the film’s story.”
All the movies Caviezel chooses to work on must have some redemptive quality, he said.
It opens a Pandora’s box of the unspeakable evil that thousands of children are brought into, and how traffickers use the most beguiling means to lure children away from their loving parents.
Caviezel said this movie, like all the movies he chooses to work on, must have some redemptive quality. That can be a struggle for actors, as Hollywood constantly pumps out products of the exact opposite nature.