Why was Sound of Freedom delayed? This article discusses the five-year delay of the box office hit and the reasons why.
The Sound of Freedom stars Jim Caviezel, Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite), and Bill Camp (Dark Waters). Released earlier this month on July 4th, the film has grossed an incredible $85 million in less than two weeks, surpassing its $14.5 million budget. The Sound of Freedom box office has been stunning.
Directed by Alejandro Gómez Monteverde and written by Rob Barr, the movie has been a surprising hit with both audiences and critics.
Sound of Freedom has received a rare A+ CinemaScore, even boasting a perfect 100% audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with over 10,000 verified reviews. While the film’s critical score has fallen to 72%, it still maintains a positive rating among critics.
However, the film has garnered attention due to reported delays and controversy from fans and detractors.
What is Sound of Freedom about?
As we mentioned above, Jim Caviezel, known for his roles in The Passion of the Christ and The Thin Red Line, stars in Sound of Freedom. He plays Tim Ballard, a former federal agent who takes it upon himself to combat child traffickers. Distributed by Angel Studios, the synopsis reads:
“Sound of Freedom, based on the incredible true story, shines a light on even the darkest of places. After rescuing a young boy from ruthless child traffickers, a federal agent learns the boy’s sister is still captive and decides to embark on a dangerous mission to save her. With time running out, he quits his job and journeys deep into the Colombian jungle, putting his life on the line to free her from a fate worse than death.”
Why was Sound of Freedom delayed?
Sound of Freedom experienced a delay, and two stories surround the reasons behind it. In one account, Jim Caviezel, the film’s star, explains in a post-credit message that the film was held back to maximize its distribution and raise awareness about child sex trafficking.
“We hope Sound of Freedom will be the Uncle Tom’s Cabin of 21st-century slavery. He added, “We believe this movie has the power to be a huge step toward ending child trafficking.”
Another describes the movie had fallen into cinema purgatory after one studio absorbed another. However, after completing the film in 2018, it was shelved by the Walt Disney Company. Following Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Sound of Freedom was pulled from distribution.
Eventually, the filmmakers repurchased the rights to Sound of Freedom and distributed the movie through Angel Studios.
Is Sound of Freedom controversial?
Yes, the movie is controversial. According to the Washington Post, “The film is controversial because the man the movie is about, former Homeland Security operative Tim Ballard, and the actor who plays him, Jim Caviezel, both have links to QAnon. Ballard has promoted the baseless claim that furniture retailer Wayfair was involved in child trafficking.”
QAnon is a conspiracy theory and political movement that was, according to the New York Times, fabricated by the far right and an individual known as “Q.” The newspaper adds, “Explaining the ‘big tent conspiracy theory’ that falsely claims that former President Trump is facing down a shadowy cabal of Democratic pedophiles.”
However, the Sound of Freedom movie also has raised controversy with its ticket distribution method through Angel Studios. The film marketing is crowd-funded. The tickets can be free using a digital code or scanning a QR code that can be passed to others. According to reports, the studio raised enough money to give away four million tickets.
This has led to many claiming that Sound of Freedom is cutting box office profits from high-profile films over a major holiday weekend. That includes the Pixar film Elemental and the highly anticipated Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.
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