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.
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
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…
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.
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.
Why don't you fight the evil in this place your way, and let me fight it mine.
Much more rated-R than I was expecting. I thought it did a better job of showing the reality in Africa better than Hotel Rwanda.
Im really back and forth on this one..
I feel like i love half of the movie and laothe the other half.. hense the 3 out of 5.
You certainly dont come away from this movie with a good taste in your mouth. Both because of the tough content and the choppy thematic style of the movie. The movie blends many different worlds into one ( drug/prison, church, Sudanese civil war, not always all that smooth.
Its hard to tell if the character is so manic or if there is just not enough time to develop the character... it wasnt clear to me. I dont know if i am supposed to feel sympathy for him but i ended up hating him...
"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.
Better than "World War Z," at least.
SALUTE to this real life HERO who saved many children and gave them a better life.
The most touching dialogue Mr. Childers (himself) said during the End Credits,
"But what I wanna ask everyone out there, everyone that has a child, everyone that has a brother or a sister,if your child or your family member was abducted today,
if a madman 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 him home?"
VERY TRUE !!
My Rating :- 5 out of 5.
Normāls pacans iznāk no cietuma un ko viņš redz? Viņš redz, ka viņa brūti skārusi Dieva gaisma un šī vairs nedejo striptīzu, bet ir rātna pārdevēja vietējā lielveikalā.
Bēt pēc kāda laiciņa arī pašu pacanu skar Dieva gaisma un viņš kļūst par lāga čali ar automātu, kurš tālajā Sudānā ceļ baznīcu un glābj bērnus.
Nu, labi, ja nopietni, tad filma ir par pavisma reālu tādu cilvēku Sam Childers, kurš tiešām riskē ar savu dzīvību Sudānā...
Vienīgi viņam nav Batlera paskats.
Visu cieņu, ne katrs varētu tā riskēt svešu bērnu dēļ.
Un tas ārprāts kas Āfrikā notiek ir prātam neaptverams.
Pati filma tāds paskarbs pif-paf gabals, kura lielākā vērtība ir šis reālais stāsts.