A young, reserved, war veteran, moves to North East Philadelphia to start an inner city community outreach and puts his life on the line to stand against an abortion clinic that moved across the street from his building.
Jesse Dean is a recently discharged soldier who had a rough upbringing, but because of his wife, found God and now is totally devoted to his faith. He and wife move to Philadelphia so he can take a new job as an outreach leader at an old church whose membership has been declining. As everything is going well and as he starts connecting to the community, he discovers there's 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 that he begins to take action himself. He gets involved but the more involved he gets, the more resistance he gets from those in church and community. His wife, who thinks his actions will get him fired or land him in jail, also comes against him. Finally, it comes down to him having to make a choice: is he going to take the easy way out ...
Voiceless did a good job of showing the struggle of Christians who believe, intellectually, that they are called to help the marginalized. Making the leap from addressing a challenging topic with the mind, and prayer, to tackling it with action is well made. I had hoped to be entertained by this movie (I was) and I thought I might be challenged (I was). The film offers appropriate challenges viewers in an entertaining way.
Some reviews have noted that the portrayals of women coerced into abortion in this film misrepresent the truth. Those close to the industry understand all too well that coercion is a major factor in the scenarios faced by women of all ages. Accuracy in this film is not lacking.
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