Machine Gun Preacher [DVD]
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Gerard Butler stars in this action biopic of Sam Childers, a one-time drug-dealing LA biker who becomes a crusader for child soldiers in Sudan following his dramatic conversion to Christianity. The film follows Childers as he puts his lowlife gangland origins behind him and follows a spiritual calling to embark on a series of dangerous armed missions into war-torn East Africa. Despite dire warnings from government agencies, he sets up an orphanage for children kidnapped by the LRA, a renegade militia army that routinely forces youngsters to become soldiers before they reach their teens.
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In a very realistic portrayal of the crisis in Sudan, understandably this is a heartbreaking film especially because the barbarism still continues today, however Gerard Butler's character breaks that up with his inspirational speeches and drive. He reinforces that sense of urgency about not sitting in some board room talking, but about 'taking action'.
All in all, a must see film!
Gerard Butler is giving an outstanding performance as Sam Childers.
You might also want to read the book "Sam Childers Another Man's War"
Gerry totally becomes the character of Childers to the point you completely forget you are watching Gerard Butler. Acting at it's finest and not a hint of a Scottish accent!
Good supporting performances too, especially from Michael Shannon as Childers' junkie friend.
A heartbreaking story that deserves to be seen by all.
I was absolutely drawn in and, at times, completely blown away. The film brings a powerful and sobering message that has never been more apt than now. While we Westerners moan about our mid credit crisis woes (me included), thousands of kids and families are being ruthlessly slaughtered, maimed and abused across Africa (and other parts of the world). We know it's happening, but so often turn a blind eye. Films like this are so important in moving us to take notice and action. The context of a film like this puts our lives in crystal clear perspective. We are very very lucky.
I support the actions of Sam Childers actions 100%. There is no amount of justice that can be levelled against these inhuman filth who cause so much pain and distress, that is enough to pay or what they've done. I wish here in the West, with so much moral decline eveywhere we turn, that we had the courage to deal such swift and finalistic punishment. We are too concerned with the human rights of those who wilfully, joyfully, repeatedly and violently destroy the lives of others. If people's actions are inhuman, they forgo their human rights in my book.Read more ›
I bought this before it was available in Australia and I wanted to see why Gerard Butler had cut his fee for this movie as well as co-produced it. Say what you want, but if Gerard Butler likes a project he seems to be 110% behind it. He researched the role, spent time with the real Sam Childers and really believed in the story. I'm not sure why people constantly think Butler should be doing roles like "300" all the time but he makes movies he believes in and with this one, I believed in it too.
It may seem far-fetched that a guy turns his life around from being a jailed druggie to finding God and then going to Africa to help people. Yes, it does seem the stuff Hollywood stories are made of but this is real.
Childers is portrayed by a man a lot more handsome than he is in real life but the passion is undeniable. We see people going abroad as missionaries be they Christian or even Mormon to spread the word about Jesus and we don't think anything of it. However, if that person turns out to be a reformed drug addict and one-time jailbird, we seem to manage to pour scorn on this and this may be the reason the movie didn't do as well as it could have. Maybe Butler didn't fully explore the character or perhaps the movie could have been longer to allow more character development, who knows?
The final scenes are where we are seeing not just Sam Childers, but I also believe we are seeing the real Gerard Butler. The joy on those childrens' faces when they understand that they are safe is wonderful and it shows Butler really enjoying himself playing football with them.Read more ›
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Really great movie one of gerards best i would say, sad in some scenes though what kids had to go through,but a very good movie all the same.Published 10 days ago by Mad dog Bane
really liked the film didn't realize till the end that it was based on a true story, which made the movie even better.Published 3 months ago by nicole odonnell