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Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot Early Review

Last year, a movie was released that caused a stir in the social conscience of America. That movie was “Sound of Freedom,” inspired by the life of Tim Ballard, a former special agent with Homeland Security who set up Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) to combat child sex trafficking. Despite the strange politicization of the film by some reviewers, it was indeed based on a true story and showcased a very real issue that is still happening all over the world, including in our country.

It was heartbreaking to watch. As a father, as a human. “Sound of Freedom” wasn’t a popcorn flick, but it was important.

Tomorrow, “Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot” releases in theaters nationwide. While not technically a sequel in story, it continues the theme of protecting children in the toughest situations.

Angel Studios gave Love Thy Nerd the opportunity to preview this movie. Despite this being based on a true story, we will still refrain from spoiling the film for you in this review.

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This story is built upon the Black church culture of Possum Trot, a small former logging town in Deep East Texas, where 22 families adopted 77 children out of the foster care system in the 90s. These families made it a point to adopt the most difficult, most problematic children in the system at the time, including several older children and teenagers, who are typically the least likely to be adopted. The movie focuses on the story of Reverend Martin and his wife Donna Martin, and the families from their small Bennett Chapel church.

These weren’t wealthy families. These weren’t perfect families. This wasn’t a perfect church or community. But they were willing. Called. Led to be the saving grace to these children. It’s a beautiful, true story, and it is presented in a beautiful way in “Sound of Hope.”

All the victories, all the failures, all the struggles, all the redemption—everything that most families who adopt deal with—are shown in full, clear, high definition. You’ll find no unearned warm fuzzies in this movie. No “Jesus-washing” to showcase the lie that Christians have no problems. Just like real life, every time things are going well, another roadblock appears. And that is where we see faith shine. Faith, even in doubt, produces the endurance needed to make these new families work. We see it from the perspective of the parents most clearly, but we also see some of the children working through their trauma.

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I won’t lie. Just like “Sound of Freedom,” “Sound of Hope” isn’t a popcorn flick. It’s not a fun, light-hearted trip to the theater. I found myself holding back tears several times, and full-blown weeping at the climax of the film. 

This movie is a movement.

It will shake your perceptions and move you deeply, and it may well spark a renewed urgency for families—Christian or otherwise—to consider adoption themselves.

Bottom line: This movie is beautiful, challenging, powerful, heartbreaking, and soul-fulfilling. Even if these kinds of films aren’t normally your cup of tea, it’s worth the watch.

It also likely goes without saying, given the track record of quality with Angel Studios, but this film is beautifully shot, written, acted, and produced. The cast is perfect and their performance will stay with you for a long time to come.

Don’t miss this film. “Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot” comes to theaters on July 4, 2024.





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