Saturday, September 17, 2016

"voiceless" movie review

When I was in junior high, our youth leaders took us to picket an abortion clinic. I've always had mixed feelings about that—as a non-confrontational person, I was very uncomfortable. Yet I also then believed (and still do) that every baby should have the chance to live. I just felt that surely there had to be a better way to stand up for life.

When I was invited to screen Voiceless, I felt some of that same conflict of emotions. What exactly would Voiceless be advocating? But I was curious enough to accept the invitation.

Battling his own inner-demons, Jesse (Rusty Joiner: Last Ounce Of Courage, Dodgeball, “Days of Our Lives”) encounters a young, pregnant teen overcome with grief that, after an impulsive abortion, has her family blaming Jesse for more than just her final decision. Jesse’s wife Julia (Jocelyn Cruz: Strike One, This Is Our Time) must come to terms with her own choices and decide if she can support her husband as opposition mounts against him. Comedian Paul Rodriguez also stars as Virgil with James Russo as Pastor Gil.

Voiceless really impressed me. First of all, the acting and production values are very good—something that doesn't always happen in faith-based films. Second, Voiceless isn't about picketing or radical activism (though there are demonstrations from those on both sides). It's about supporting and protecting life. It's about having the courage to stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves. And it's about the church doing more than just agreeing that abortion is wrong.

While I didn't understand everything that happened—like why Jesse was arrested after being threatened by a man who had a gun—Voiceless definitely left me with things to ponder. It's a thought-provoking movie that I believe will make a positive impact on those who watch it. 4 stars.

Voiceless releases in theaters October 7.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided with a free screener of this film through Icon Media Group. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

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