mtl Movie Reviews by The Dove Foundation
Runtime: 101 minutes
Starring: Rusty Joiner, Jocelyn Cruz, Victoria Gates, James Russo, Paul Rodriguez
Director: Pat Necerato
Sex: A few women are pregnant outside of marriage and considering an abortion; a pregnant woman marries her boyfriend; statement that a woman is carrying a baby, but not her husband's baby, and he is upset and wants her to have an abortion.
Violence: A photo of a woman lying face down, dead; a street preacher is assaulted and hit with either water or alcohol, which is thrown on him, but another man comes to his rescue and punches the assailant; a security guard gets unnecessarily rough with a man who, in turn, pushes him down on the ground and stops him; police pull man away from clinic; woman has mark on her face from her husband striking her, because he wanted her to have an abortion, and she didn't want to; man pulls woman by the hair; in a confrontation between two men, one man pulls a gun, holds it on the other man and waves it at the crowd; police shoot and kill the man holding the gun; bullet wounds, with a little blood, are visible on his shirt, but then we see a large pool of blood on the ground a short time later.
Drugs: A confused woman, who had an abortion at her parent's request (although she struggled with it), is dead with an empty pill bottle next to her.
Nudity: Mild cleavage.
Other: Tattoos on man; tension and disagreements between characters; the topic of abortion and those who are on both sides of the issue; a woman wants to know, if she has an abortion, whether she will see her baby in heaven; some people at Jesse's church fear that handing out literature at the abortion clinic will mean they are becoming political; the film reveals that a woman had an abortion, which has eaten away at the couple for six years.
Limited Theatrical Release - Jesse Dean is a recently discharged soldier who had a rough upbringing, but because of his wife, he found God. Now he is totally devoted to his faith. He and his wife move to Philadelphia so he can take a new job as an outreach leader at an old church whose membership has been declining. Everything is going well and he starts connecting to the community, but he discovers an abortion clinic directly across the street from the church.
He goes to the pastor and to several others in the church and tries to get their help, to no avail. One day, something tragic and personal happens to him while he's going about his everyday routine. He comes to the point in which he begins to take action himself. However, the more involved he gets, the more resistance he gets from those in the church and community. His wife, who thinks his actions will get him fired or land him in jail, also turns against him.
Finally, he must make a choice, either to take the easy way out and back off, which is what everyone wants him to do, or face a major confrontation, which will require him to put everything on the line -- not just his job, but his freedom and marriage, as well. This film encourages people to stand up for what they know is right, particularly as it pertains to taking God's truths into society to address social issues. "Voiceless" addresses the spirit of retreat as Christians engage the culture that has developed within the Church.
"Voiceless" is a compelling and dramatic movie that expounds the idea that someone must be a voice for the voiceless -- in this case the voiceless are unborn babies. A young minister, Jesse Dean (Rusty Joiner), is not only the man who believes in being a voice for the voiceless, but he also is a war vet and begins a new ministry at a church in Philadelphia as an outreach leader. His wife Julia (Jocelyn Cruz) joins him, but soon Jesse begins going across the street to an abortion clinic and starts a ministry there all by himself. He says he is compelled to do it, despite several instances of clinic staff members, the police, a security guard, and some of the women getting upset with him. He also ministers to several women who change their minds about getting an abortion. He helps one couple, and the young woman ends up living for a time with Jesse's neighbor, Elsie, an elderly but strong woman who attends Jesse's church and has been waiting for someone to stand up and be bold. Unfortunately, the lead pastor, Gil (James Russo), doesn't like the attention Jesse's actions are drawing to the church.
"Voiceless" is well acted and executed. We are pleased to award it our "Faith-Based" Seal, meaning it has a strong faith message but contains objectionable material. In this case, a man holds a gun on another man, police shoot him, and we see a pool of blood. The movie makes a strong statement that all life is precious and must be protected.
Dove Family Approved: Recommended For Ages FB
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