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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.
Emotionally manipulative garbage with a suprisingly decent performance from a usually terrible Gerard Butler and some solid and raw action scenes.
I knew what I was in for, but I feel there could have been a much better film here had the direction been under someone that wasn't the guy who did Quantum of Solace. Not a great title either, I imagine a lot of people would have gone in expecting an explotation film about a crazy preacher with a penchant for machine guns. Now that, I would of loved.
Stick to Beasts of No Nation
Important subject matter, but other than a few points it is not very engaging.
The film tells the story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker who finds God and becomes a crusader for the children of South Sudan against the atrocities of the Lord's Resistance Army.
6.5/10 - Mr Pink
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This one is a tough film to like. Whilst not only dealing with genocide it frequently repeats itself by punctuating many scenes with even worse tragedy. I mean, sometimes you only need to see child massacres once.
It's not helped by focussing so heavily on Butler's character thar we don't get any perspective on the story. I assume that's because it's based on a true story.
Butler gives a good performance but his character is a horrid human being who turns his life around, finds God, then goes to help African children. If that's more than you think you can stomach I'd best avoid.
The subject of an extensive profile in Vanity Fair, Sam Childers is a reformed felon from Pennsylvania who simply turned his aggression in a different direction: to hunt down Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, said to be responsible for tens of thousands of child abductions in Northern Uganda and Southern Sudan. As Childers himself put it, ‘in 1992 I found God, in 1998 I found Satan.’ Childers has his own church, an orphanage in Nimule, a biography, ‘Another Man’s War’ and now a movie based on his life, Machine Gun Preacher. He even gets to be played by Gerard Butler, the man who once said ‘This is Sparta’ but whose stock from 300 has gone down…
The title and poster make it look like an exploitation flick, and the film honestly feels like one at times. I'm just not sure what it intended to exploit. Sam Childers (Gerald Butler) is an ex- convict who turns around his life, develops an obsession over Jesus and, for some reason, orphaned African kids. So he becomes a missionary and preacher in Africa, basically abandoning his wife and daughter at home. He builds a school where orphans can live, but there are bad people who don't like what he's doing. He must defend the orphans. Hence the machine gun. I find this film a bit sleazy. It's not awful, just kind of unpleasant. I feel sorry for Childers family that…
so long, so repetitive; it is an exhausting experience that lacks any kind of focus that seems more determined to move you to tears than to show you a good film.
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