The smash-hit movie, Sound of Freedom, whose success has taken the Hollywood establishment by surprise, will come to Ireland next month after raking in nearly $150 million at the U.S. box office.
“You ask, we answer. ‘Sound of Freedom’ is on its way around the world,” the film’s producers Angel Studios announced on Wednesday.
You ask, we answer. “Sound of Freedom” is on its way around the world.
— Angel Studios (@AngelStudiosInc) July 26, 2023
According to the studio, Sound of Freedom will first be shown in theatres in South Africa on August 18, then in Australia and New Zealand on August 24.
It will open in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Belize, Panama, Columbia, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, and Costa Rica on August 1st.
On September 1st the movie will open in theatres in Ireland.
Forbes wrote yesterday that “the surprise hit” had now surpassed the movie Fast – “a film whose $340 million budget is nearly 25 times as big as Sound Of Freedom’s much smaller $14 million”.
According to Newsweek, “the action movie has caused a stir as the relatively low budget film has beaten the likes of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, and Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One to the top spot of the box office charts at various points in July”.
Sound of Freedom is based on the real-life story of the efforts of former government agent Tim Ballard who works to rescue victims of child sex trafficking film. Passion of the Christ star, Jim Caviezel, plays Ballard in the movie.
“‘Sound of Freedom’ at its core, is a message about protecting children from child-trafficking cartels,” Ballard told the New York Post recently.
Filmmaker Eduardo Verástegui described the film as “a revolutionary act”.
“Millions of children are being enslaved, subjugated, damaged in the deepest and most precious part of their being today, right now. Human trafficking is very real, the sexual exploitation of children is a daily atrocity, but it is also real that we say enough is enough! There are more than 50 million enslaved people in the world according to the IOM [International Organization for Migration], the ILO [International Labor Organization], and the Walk Free Foundation; We are living in the moment of human history with the greatest number of slaves… And we cannot remain silent,” he told CNA.
On the film’s runaway success, Tim Ballard said that: “The people are tired of just being entertained”, adding that “they want to have purpose to what they’re looking at — and this has purpose,” according to Breitbart.
The film’s lead, Jim Caviezel, also said that “the public are listening to their hearts, which is what this film tells you to do.”
The official trailer says that child sex-trafficking is the ‘fastest-growing international crime network that the world has ever seen”, passing out the illegal arms trade and catching up with the drugs trade.
“You can only sell a bag of cocaine one time – a child, five to ten times a day,” is the chilling claim central to the movie.
The motivation for Ballard’s work, and for the movie, can be summed up in the film’s most publicised line – ‘God’s children are not for sale” – according to commentators.