Machine Gun Preacher [Blu-ray]
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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...
It shows how the real-life Sam Childers goes from a psychotic motorcycle thug to a tried and true freedom fighter for the children in southern Sudan and northern Uganda. It shows his transformation through his new found faith in the Christian religion and the unending support that he receives from his loving wife, daughter, and mother. He goes from robbing crack houses to building up his own successful construction company.He's then inspired by a missionary to go to Africa to "help". After his return, he's inspired to do more. He then builds his own church in order to support an orphanage in Sudan.
In the beginning, everything goes really well until ... you know, it doesn't. Then his faith in everything that he believes in is tested. Part of his "test" comes when his best friend kills himself after Sam hurts him during a heated argument. Sam goes into a very emotionally dark place where you think that he might become the monster that he was and is now trying to fight in Africa. He's then reenergized by the love and support that he receives from his African friends and the children at the orphanage he runs.
While watching this movie you'll go through every extreme of emotion from joy to dread. Just watching how this guy, by all rights should be dead of Anytown, Pennsylvania, fights for these kids that no one in the world cares about. It makes you wonder that if he can do this with minimal support, what the hell is the UN doing in Africa?
This movie was truly inspiring and thought provoking. This is NOT a hoaky, tear jerker, Hollywoodified construct. Watching it will be well worth your time.
I saw a review that said the movie under performed. Of course it would under perform on limited release! Then we're stuck with the garbage Hollywood puts out the rest of the year. Maybe it's just because the word Preacher is in the title.
Frustrated with Hollywood!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the movie. For a Christian the beginning of the movie is a bit crass, but overall I thought the movie was good. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Just me
Do you want to see Gerard Butler do his action packed scene and at the same time spread the word of God then this is a must watch movie for you.Published 19 days ago by ernest06
Riveting. Disclosed some of the horrors of human trafficking and child soldiers without causing me nightmares, yet I pondered it for weeks. I still marvel how they did this.Published 29 days ago by St. Paul Girl
The language in the movie was horrible. I didn't watch very much of it.Published 1 month ago by moviebuff