UPDATE: There is a general state of confusion as to when this film will be released. Various sites on the web report that it has already been released, but Rotten Tomatoes shows no reviews. IMDB initially said the film had been released on Amazon, but retracted that and now says it’s “coming soon.” IMDB has been saying that for six months. Amazon does not show it as available. The official release has been announced and then delayed several times in the past, and Wikipedia reports that there is no official release date. In March, 2022, actor Tim Ballard expressed some confusion as to why it has not been released, saying “I don’t understand the marketing and politics behind when movies are supposed to come out…we are waiting as you are waiting.” It’s very odd, because there seems to be general agreement that the film has been completed, and by the trailer at least it looks fantastic. I initially thought that maybe they were waiting for some award season, but a over a year has gone by since various parties said the film was finished. I’ve never seen anything like this before. Filmmakers want to make money, so not releasing a film does not make sense.
Per the Borgen Project, “The Sound of Freedom is an upcoming thriller directed by Alejandro Monteverde, based on the true story of former CIA agent Tim Ballard, who left the CIA to combat child sex trafficking. Jim Caviezel will be playing the role of Ballard…Timothy Ballard is the founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad. The former CIA agent spent 10 years working on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He also worked for the U.S. Child Sex Tourism Jump Team as an undercover operative. Ballard worked undercover in the U.S. and in many foreign countries, where he was able to rescue numerous children from sex slavery and bring traffickers to justice. In 2013, Ballard left his job to start Operation Underground Railroad.”
“Tim Ballard, a former US Homeland Security agent, quits his job to fight the enslavement of children by sex traffickers and the governments that back them. Based on a true story.” [ Sound of Freedom credits: Dir: Alejandro Monteverde/ Mira Sorvino, Jim Caviezel, Bill Camp/ Action-Adventure, Drama, Thriller/ Anti-Slavery/ 2021]
How to See It
Wikipedia: Timothy Ballard
Book: Slave Stealers: True Accounts of Slave Rescues, Then And Now
Book: Operation Toussaint