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    How True is This? – Sound of Freedom

    Some “Based on a True Story” movies are far more fiction than fact. How does this movie measure up?

    Regarding the movie, Angel Studios portrayed the characters authentically. Giselle, the woman who kidnapped the children, is actually Kelly Johana Suarez. Like in the film, Kelly was Miss Cartagena in a beauty pageant and appeared in a music video giving her wide popularity. This strengthened her trust in her community, so she started recruiting young boys and girls with the promise that they’ll get a modeling job. However, she was seen at a beach party where 25 minors were allegedly drugged and being sold to tourists; she was then arrested.

    Vampiro is another character that was based on a real-life person; he goes by Batman to keep his identity safe. In the film, he helps Tim throughout his journey in saving the children, and this is true. His backstory was also true, but with a change to add depth to the character.

    Tim Ballard was portrayed somewhat accurately to his real-life counterpart. For example, Tim quit his job after being told that he could no longer continue his case. He had two different cases, but the movie focused on the Colombia mission. Tim stated in an interview that there were parts that were different from his real experience, some being that they saved 120 children on the island and not 54. The jungle scene where Tim went to save Rocio Aguilar was inspired by another mission Tim had. The big mission in the movie was when they caught the traffickers on the island; this was called Operation Triple Take.

    Yes, human trafficking is a real thing we shouldn’t ignore. The opinion these types of films create is that they exaggerate a bit, especially when it comes to action/fighting scenes. We think the movie, Taken, is one of those movies where it’s a bit hard to believe if it was based on a true story. We do like that Sound of Freedom shows a somewhat more accurate depiction of human trafficking than Taken. At the end of the film, they do show videos of what happened on the island and other events that were portrayed in the film.

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    Hello, my name is Nathan Gomez, and I am a senior this year. I am 17, and this is my first-time doing Journalism. I am excited and hopeful that my last year here at SMHS will be the best! Some things you should know about me is that I like to watch movies. My all-time favorite movie is Avengers: Age of Ultron. I can paint, although I mainly do landscapes; I am learning to do human portraits. I also love to read comic books. Some smaller facts about me: I never had a pet, I can roller skate, my favorite color is gold, I like to collect Funko Pops, I learned how to sculpt two years ago, I like the Dragon fruit drink from Starbucks, I listen to all music genres, I have a watch collection, and my favorite animal is a horse. I am looking forward to working with the Breeze staff, and as my role of contributor, I aim to help my colleagues in accomplishing this year's goals. We at Breeze strive to inform our fellow classmates and staff about current issues, changes, or just some interesting news that is happening around school.
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    My name is Rodrigo Garcia. This will be my first and final year as a Breeze Contributor as I am now a senior. If I would've known about the Journalism class earlier, I definitely would've joined. As I mentioned already, I'm a senior, Class of 2024. Some goals that I have while working on the Breeze is to hopefully release more podcast episodes, get even more articles published than before, and hopefully start doing some video production. I've always been pretty decent with handling video production so once we hopefully start to do videos, I could be a helping hand with it. Some stuff I like to do in my free time is draw. I usually prefer to draw digitally on my computer. Traditional drawing, not so much. I don't mind it, but I usually sketch when it comes to traditional drawing. But in all honesty, I love all things art. I even try to read books to understand the past history of art. I also love to play video games. I've been playing video games for most of my time being alive. I don't play very often because of school and other stuff I prioritize but I still try my best to make time to play a game whether if it's by myself or with my sister, it's all fine with me. I like to do voice acting/voice impressions. As someone who's been watching TV for years there's no doubt that the interest of mimicking voices was something I liked. I'm pretty good with doing voices from cartoons from the 60's to early 2000's. If you know some kind of show, chances are I might have a voice impression for that. I also love to go on walks. I'm not the sporty type of person but I always appreciate a nice walk, especially in the afternoons. I try to take long walks with my dog, but he gets easily distracted by the slightest noise or thing so he's all over the place, making it pretty annoying even to just walk to the other side of the area. I really hope we get a lot of work done this year to keep the staff and students informed of all types of media. As well as getting creative not only here on The Breeze, but on campus as well.
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