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One of the best movies of 2011,
This review is from: Machine Gun Preacher (DVD)
I've read the book and seen the movie. The book will keep you awake at night and the movie will leave you breathless. It's one thing to read the words because you have to rely on your imagination to form the images from the author's words. Seeing those words accurately portrayed on the screen is incredible.
This is, bar none, Gerard Butler's crowning performance. Sam Childers pulled no punches about himself in the book and Butler truly brought the man to life on the screen. He isn't just an actor playing a part; in this movie it's almost as if he *becomes* Childers. The scene where he returns to retrieve the children he had to leave behind is, IMO, mindblowing. The scene in which he confronts and overcomes his crisis of faith is moving in the extreme.
I won't minimize: This story, in the book and on the screen, is horribly disturbing, and I can't stress that enough. However, it is incredibly powerful, thought-provoking, complex and heart-rending. Once you've seen this movie, you definitely won't forget it.
Honestly, I'd give it ten stars without hesitation...
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Initial post: Dec 29, 2012 2:37:27 PM PST
Vicki Granata says:
I couldn't have said it better than the person who wrote this review. Everything the writer states is exactly how I feel. I, too, would give the film 10 stars without hesitation... As well as the review...
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