Machine Gun Preacher

2011 [english]

Action / Biography / Crime / Drama

Machine Gun Preacher

2011 [english]

Action / Biography / Crime / Drama

28%
62%
6.8

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Synopsis

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, addicted gang biker Sam Childers is released from prison and learns that his wife Lynn is no longer a stripper but has converted to Christianity. One night, Sam and his best friend Donnie give a ride to a hitchhiker who threatens Donnie with a pocketknife; however Sam reacts and turns the tables on the stranger. Sam is affected by the incident and is convinced by Lynn and his mother Daisy to join their church, and he is baptized. Sam finds a straight job in construction. When he meets a preacher from Africa, he decides to visit the continent. Sam travels to Northern Uganda and South Sudan many times and builds an orphanage for the victims of the cruel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Further, he fights whenever necessary and becomes a legend known as The Machine Gun Preacher. —Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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  • Reviewed by LloydBayer grade 8 / 10

    Watch and weep.

    When a movie title sounds as corny as "Machine Gun Preacher", you would expect it to be another mindless action movie. Thinking the same, I recently watched this on a lazy afternoon with no good expectations whatsoever. Not half way through the movie and I was highly mistaken for underestimating this film. Somewhere between what I expected and what I experienced, is a fierce narration of human rights abuse that the 'free world' has chosen to ignore, just because it can be ignored.Soon after his release from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) goes on a drug and alcohol fuelled rampage of violence. After a vicious attack on a drifter, Sam attends a church service with his wife Lynn (Michelle Monaghan) and comes home a changed man. Call it an epiphany- from a hardened biker outlaw, Sam is suddenly a model Christian and a respectable member of society. This is when he volunteers as a missionary to Uganda. What he finds there changes his life and opens his eyes to the atrocities of war-torn Southern Sudan. Armed with the Bible in one hand and an assault rifle in the other, Sam becomes a legend overnight but soon finds himself reverting to his former self when faced with mounting pressure and dwindling resources in saving Sudanese children from the evil clutches of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). As clichéd as it sounds, the context here – about a criminal who finds God, then goes on a crusade against child abduction and human genocide – seems contrived and done before. However, googling 'Sam Childers' will not only yield over two million links, it will throw light on one of the greatest atrocities involving under aged children. In fact, I highly recommend the 30 minute YouTube video titled "Invisible Children" as a mood setter, before watching "Machine Gun Preacher". If you are man enough to sit through this movie without as much as batting an eyelid, I dare you to not shed a tear as the end credits go up. Through monochromatic short takes, we are not only introduced to the real Sam Childers, we get to see the real victims; barely 10 year olds, whose crayon sketches are so shocking that it forms a stark contrast to their counterparts in other parts of the free world. Acclaimed director of "Monster's Ball" and "The Kite Runner", Marc Forster fuses Sam Childers' memoirs of Another Man's War with Jason Keller's screenplay into this remarkable, not-to-be-missed movie. Forster's forte is in making an action-drama with a heart wrenching aftertaste, a unique feat not many directors have achieved since Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" or even Kevin Macdonald's "Last King of Scotland". What makes this movie all the more compelling is that every bit of it is true. On the other hand, there isn't much the audience can do except wallow in pity. Or is there? If one man, just one man, can fight for the lives of innocent children thousands of miles from the comfort and safety of his home, then Forster's true success is in allowing the audience to judge for themselves, whether looking the other way is the humane thing to do. Childers' arch nemesis and leader of the LRA, Joseph Kony, is never really shown in the movie, and deservingly so. In comparison, googling 'Joseph Kony' will yield just about 300,000 links. Evidently, Forster has given prime importance to Childers' heroics and in the process, vindicates our hero's gung-ho yet controversial modus operandi. If you think about it, war machines are scattered all over the planet in the defense of "peace", so why shouldn't one man shoot to kill, even if it costs 100 bullets to save the life of one abducted child? Before I get to my 'must-see' conclusion, let me also add that Gerard Butler may not be half the man Sam Childers appears to be, but as the protagonist, Butler returns to form with the same intensity last seen in his portrayal as King Leonidas in "300". There is a connection between both these characters and Butler skillfully drives the message that freedom is a God given right and no human being should ever have to live or die in captivity. With lesser screen time but in easily her best role so far, Michelle Monaghan smolders as a brunette. Her captivating looks aside, Monaghan plays her part to perfection as Childers' wife and sole impetus when the going becomes relentlessly tough. Also worth mentioning are Michael Shannon as Childers' friend in Pennsylvania and Souleymane Savane as his trusted aid in Uganda. Now, did I mention this is a must-see movie? You can either choose to watch it or not. Considering the butterfly effect, if you do watch this movie, there is a slim possibility that another child under Childers' care will receive a morsel of food.


  • Reviewed by Marius WM grade 4 / 10

    White man goes to Africa in the name of Jesus

    The racist overtones are too strong in this film. A white man goes to Africa to save their children, because only a white man can do that. He suddenly becomes the leader of the resistance against the guerrilla. And starts bossing around the local government. To him it all seems reasonable because he is a newfound Christian. And has built a new church, because of course you need a church in a children's orphanage. The way religion is inserted into this story seems incredibly forced and artificial.Back in the American Midwest, he also builds a church, which is supposed to convince us this is a good man. While also being abusive to his wife, a murderer, drug dealer, unsympathetic asshole. Even if this is based on a true story - Turning this into some kind of hero's tale shows a lack of critical thinking from both the studio and director. There's no attempt of describing how large the resistance is, and the little mention of international effort there is, is completely ridiculed. This movie is glorifying and asshole who only knows one language. the automatic rifle. And forces the reader to accept this man is a hero.


  • Reviewed by yespis grade 6 / 10

    Could have been much more than it was

    This movie had good chances to be awesome. Butler is an good actor and the plot is very intriguing but it somehow fails anyway. The movie has a profound message and the scenes in Sudan and Uganda feels almost as horrible as they should be. However I do think the director has focused too much on this man's, Sam, anger. I would have like to see more depth to his way to finding God. There is also a lot of jumping in time, too fast to give the movie a solid ground. The overall score is OK but I expected more from this movie. However it is worth seeing, the horrific parts in Sudan and Uganda in this movie are still happening in more places in the world.


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