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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.
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.
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…
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
Sam Childers is practically a hero through my eyes.
All the events of life he has gone through deserves some sort of medal.
Ok, this film is a little bit long winded and the direction is ropey which doesn't help the film but it's about a man that has helped 100's of children that are in need of help.
Gerald Butler is perfect for playing this sort of guy and does a great job.
Probably as I type this he is still fighting the LRA and rescuing/protecting children.
kad žerāram this-is-spartaaa! batleram apnīk narkoties un sist līdzpilsoņus, viņš atklāj jēzu un dodas uz āfriku glābt dzīves pabērnus no kony2012. skats uz ciešanu plosīto kontinentu tikpat pliekans kā vonga karvaja melleņu naktis asv. no garlaicības paspēju nomirt vismaz divreiz.
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.
It is rare that I would recommend a movie that isn't all that good, but I feel like people should see this movie. Until a documentary is released, if you don't want to read his book, this is how you can learn about an amazing story.
while the title would have worked a few years ago, with the revival of the Grindhouse genre, it comes off misleading. This is a bio-pic of a remarkable man: a former con/drug addict/bad dude who finds God, participates in a mission trip to Sudan, and becomes obsessed with providing aid at the expense of his life back home.
I was actually expecting a Grindhouse-type movie, and when, 40 minutes in, his family is still…
What's my moral obligation?
Machen wir es kurz viel Potential wurde gnadenlos verschenkt. So bleibt nicht viel mehr als ein müder Klon von Rambo 3 und das will der Film sicherlich nicht sein.
Based on a true story, Machine Gun Preacher is about Sam Childers (Butler) who at the beginning is the film is being released from prison. Childers is introduced as a violent thuggish biker, drug addict, and abusive husband. No sooner has he returned to the trailer park in which his family live than he is out shooting up heroine and robbing drug dealers at gunpoint with his even more screwed up friend Donnie (an extremely cast to type Michael Shannon). In short Childers is an extremely unpleasant person to be around. However after hitting bottom he is taken to a church meeting by long suffering wife Lynn (Monaghan) where he has a religious conversion. Turning his life around, Childers cleans…
A far better film than I was expecting given the hash Marc Foster made of Quantum of Solace. Nice to see the Gerard Butler can still act when given the chance.
A film tv minoseg max 6/10 de Sam es a T.I.A. felemelo/sokkolo
Verdict: worth seeking out.
Although movies like this run the risk of becoming a preachy, after-school-special type of morality story, this movie takes the Gritty road.
Just when you think that the story might introduce a stereotype, the story proceeds to bash the stereotype.
Just when you think that the story is about to follow a hollywood-committee approved formula, the story injects motivations that are true-to-life conflicted. Makes sense after all, this movie is based on a true story.
Butler picked an enjoyable surprise, here.
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- The Help
- Inglourious Basterds
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On Facebook last night, I discovered a picture that was relentlessly amusing. It read 'replace one word in a movie…
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