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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 who finds 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.
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…
One word underrated.
¨Why don't you fight the evil in this place your way, and let me fight it mine.¨
Marc Foster has directed some interesting movies in the past such as Kite Runner, Quantum of Solace, and Monster`s Ball, but in my opinion his best film is Finding Neverland; a movie I absolutely fell in love with; so each time Foster makes a new film I am always looking forward to what he is going to do next. His latest film, Machine Gun Preacher, was a very emotional and entertaining film. It combined a lot of action with an emotional drama that worked really well thanks to the lead performance from Gerard Butler. I enjoy these types of inspirational movies where we…
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.
Sentimentaloide, procristiana, previsible.
No es que sea una mala película, es que no aporta nada.
Clumsily put together and overlong true story. Butler does his best, but the there's just not enough to his character to care about, which is an astonishing achievement for such an incredible story.
The film unfolds with the subtlety a AK-47, and there's no real plot beyond the pitch.
Oooooooooh, ouch. Is there anything worse than seeing such well intended movies crash and burn like that? I mean, if it all REALLY happened like that, okay, who am I to judge someone for living a life, that fulfills every rule in the corny-biopic-scriptwriting-for-beginners book? But face it, as a movie, it just doesn’t work at all. Although Gerard Butler is surprisingly good in this.
"I ask you, if a mad man came in and abducted your child and I said to you I can bring your child home...does it matter how I bring them home?"
Impressive story (I do not know how much of it is true), but not very well made.
Butler's emotional arc almost salvages an otherwise pandering film.
Je m'attendais à un bon film bien bourrin où l'ancien délinquant allait débarquer en Afrique et dézinguer tout le monde pour sauver la veuve et l'orphelin.
Au lieu de cela on commence par une - bonne - critique d'une partie de la société américaine, les bikers rednecks. Tout y passe : la prison, la drogue, la violence, la vie familiale et enfin la rédemption par la religion. Cette dernière qui amènera le héros à s’intéresser au sort des enfants d'Ouganda et du Soudan. Et même si il y a ces scènes inévitables où l'Amérique montre qu'elle en impose (le gars décime une moitié d'armée à lui tout seul), j'ai justement trouvé que le film faisait dans la nuance et non pas un manichéisme primaire.
Le film fonctionne bien grâce à un Gerard Buttler convaincant alors que Michael Shannon en junkie rachitique n'est pas très crédible. Malheureusement la fin laisse un peu à désirer, on reste sur sa faim.
My brain fights:
"For me to sit here and give all kinds of excuses to make it right, I can't do. But what I want to ask everyone out there, everyone that has a child, everyone that has a brother, a sister: if your child or family member was abducted today, if a mad man came in, a terrorist came in, abducted your family member or your child and if I said to you I can bring your child home ... Does it matter how I bring them home?"
- Sam Childers
At one point I thought I liked Gerard Butler films, but I'm liking them less and less. Machine Gun Preacher had more meaning behind it than I thought it would, but it was still a very boring film.
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