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.