Machine Gun Preacher
Action, drama and a socially conscious message—done not particularly well
By: Don Morton | Feb 2, 2012 | Issue: 932 | No Comments | 1,960 views

Ilze Kitshoff © 2011 MGP Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Title in Japan: Machine Gun Preacher
Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Michelle Monaghan, Gerard Butler, Michael Shannon
Year: 2011
Country: USA
Running Time: 129 min

Based on an autobiographical account by Sam Childers, an ex-con Hell’s Angel who found God and went off to save orphans in Sudan, this one has action, drama and a socially conscious message. Unfortunately, none of this is done particularly well. Furthermore, Childers has been accused of being little more than a mercenary and of making himself more heroic than facts would indicate. The film is further weakened by the enraged scenery-chewing that the increasingly tiresome Gerard Butler considers acting. Finally, it’s a bit, well, preachy. I applaud the sentiment, but don’t expect Hotel Rwanda.

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