Jim Caviezel, who will be in a Resurrection of a Mel Gibson sequel next February gets the Independence Day treatment from Alejandro Monteverde (Bell) as a former government agent turned vigilante involved in a dance encounter and later a rescue mission.
Inspired by actual disturbing events, Sound of Freedom offers a hagiographic portrait really without partisan or spiritual leanings even given the nature of Caviezel’s Tim Ballard who has a crisis of conscience that will lead him to the Columbian jungles almost in Jack Rayan or Taken mode. Maybe more to the latter given what has to be done to save a boy’s sister in this immersion into the heart of darkness. A long gestation period for this extended portrait is clear in the shroud of a hot-button comments and to[ics that are meant as an urgent wake-up call and ultimately a triumph of the spirit. Even with the noble Caviezel and an underused Mira Sorvino on hand as Tim’s long-suffering missus with decent backup by Bill Camp as U.S. ex-patriot ‘Batman’ this “Freedom” rings hollow in so many ways that may leave many wondering of its streaming value, as it more than sounds like a small-screen project.