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Machine Gun Preacher
Hope is the greatest weapon of all
The true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been kidnapped and pressed into duty as soldiers.
If you think Machine Gun Preacher sounds like the new mascot for the American Tea Party movement, then you aren't too far off. Telling the story of an ex-con who finds religion and decides to build an orphanage in Sudan, Machine Gun Preacher is a pretty messy film with some real highs and lows throughout its 2+ hour runtime.
As I always feel the need to do with these true story inspired films, I must point out that the message behind Machine Gun Preacher is a solid one, and taken at face value, the eponymous armed cleric has done some great things. However, as always, I'm reviewing a film, not real life, and as a film, this one pounds its…
None have probably missed by now the "Kony 2012" campaign, that went viral all across the globe little over a year ago. It made this film particularly interesting, as it's about an ex-conman who travels to Uganda to save some kids from Kony's clutches. Now the campaign per se may have been met by a lot of criticism (and rightly so, considering the scandal with Jason Russell and how they've spent people's donations), but the mission to bring down Kony and cease his crimes against humanity is very compelling nevertheless.
I just wish they would have left out all the Christian propaganda in this film. It left a bad taste in the mouth, that subtracted from the overall appeal. In…
Based on true events, the film tells the story of biker Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) who found God, set up an orphanage in the Sudan and became a mercenary to protect the children who were being trafficked across the region. True story or not, it’s a difficult film to get into as Sam Childers is such an unlikeable guy, regardless if he’s doing good work or not. His battles with his faith, his family and the LRA in Sudan become tedious, but the film isn’t helped by Marc Foster’s flat direction and sluggish pacing – at over two hours the film is waaaay too long. Beware, this is no Rambo film, and the ‘preaching’ is heavy handed and gives a confused message.
The movie is good, but it's too long and sometimes loses itself, because despite being long, it have too many things happening, and some of them are not well developed. The conversion of Leonidas to a christian sounded too much shallow, it didn't convinced me, as an example. Gerard Butler doesn't work as a half time badass, only as a Fulltime badass, he must be kicking ass all the time to be really awesome as in 300, anything besides that will be very average.
A good thing about the movie is that made me think about all that kind of suffering around the globe and where lies the limit between being helpful and being obsessed and how much it's worth to sacrifice yourself in order to save someone else.
Highlighting the plight of the Sudanese children in the face of the LRA, a moving true life story of how one man finds God, overcomes his own demons and fights for the safety of Sudan's children
"A good man who does bad things for a Godly cause."
This is not a quote from the film but is quite an accurate summary.
Based on the true life story of Sam Childers, a former gang biker who turned to God, turned his life around and became a protector of innocent African children by non-traditional Christian means.
Given it's title and the poster look I wasn't really expecting much. However it's a compelling story which challenges your conceptions on the acceptable boundaries of morality.
Gerard Butler plays the hard man Sam Childers who starts out as a violent, imprisoned, drug dealing drug addict. Sam is a poor example to his children and a disappointment of a husband.
5/10: Averagely good. This movie has a lot of graphic and violent scenes, showing the horror caused by a civil war, torture, savage murders, and how entire villages are destroyed. Very graphic and unsettling in many ways.
un drama lo que esta pasando en estos paises y un ole a la pelicula por hacer que nos llegue.
Not my cup of tea
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¿Por qué tuvo esta película una acogida tan mala en el cine? No es mala. Decae al final, sí, pero no es mala como para recaudar un ingreso inferior a la inversión. Es una historia cruda y desgarradora, que en cierto modo es personal (no es un "Diamante de Sangre" o un "Lágrimas del sol"). Se basa en un hecho real, de alguien contándote su historia (con el filtro "ficción" encendido, por algunas escenas –la del tornado, por ejemplo– inventadas y, por supuesto, una historia de varios años resumida en dos horas), y eso se nota. Yo lo noto, al menos. Por otro lado, da qué pensar. Destacan en esta película la hipocresía, la ética, la familia, el perdón y…
"But God don't only call the good.I reckon every now and again he calls us sinners, too, and I was about as bad as they come."- Sam Childers.
A good film that tells a true story about the horrors in war torn Africa. It can be a little harrowing at times but it is necessary to the telling of the story.
There is good acting throughout from all and it is shot well and moves along nicely.Good effort that is worth watching.
Mmmh. Christians in Africa with Guns. Let me think about that for a minute.
With a hectic work schedule and actually socialising a lot, my film watching had slowed to an almost halt recently. So, first of all, a recap of the reviews I had neglected to post. First up; 'Machine Gun Preacher'.
I won't let, I hadn't done my research on this one, and was expecting an action flick. Can't blame me for expecting that with Butler starring. Regardless of expectations, I was pleasantly surprised.
Machine Gun Preacher is certainly contrived, but it had a big heart. With the underlying message of both redemption and revenge, it isn't the most clean cut of morality tales. For a start, is it right to kill in the name of God? It raises many questions, and is a haunting reminder of the troubles in Africa.
Butler is enjoyable, if not entirely convincing, but upon seeing footage of the real Machine Gun Preacher, isn't exactly the spitting image.
Mostly lousy film with unsympathetic characters in a messy narrative that never feels like it has substance to it's tribulations. Until around the last twenty minutes when one of the orphan kids speaks and the film begins to address it's subject matter head on.
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