Machine Gun Preacher (15)

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Time Out says

Tue Nov 1 2011

Meet Sam Childers. He was a crack- smoking, wife-abusing, trailer-trash Hell’s Angel who embraced a life of uncurbed debauchery. Then he found himself a new wingman, a guy by the name of Jesus. He cleaned up his act, replaced the studded leather waistcoats with pastel leisurewear and erected a church. But he had too much love to spread, so shipped out to Sudan, got hold of some black-market firearms and vowed to save the children of war. Childers (brought to life by Gerard Butler in a manner which mistakes shouting for passion) makes for an intriguing subject, and his story throws up all manner of paradoxes about violent acts in the name of religion and the moral implications of charity work when it comes at the expense of your family, community and country. Alas, Marc Forster’s film settles for balmy, ‘Cry?Freedom’-style melodrama which refuses to take its slippery subject to task. And as storytelling, the need to cram in facts and events makes ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ feel too much like one large and needlessly glossy montage sequence.
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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Nov 4, 2011

Duration:

127 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon

Director:

Marc Forster

Screenwriter:

Jason Keller

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christina

I can only guess that liberals are the ones who largely post to RT. These reviews scream "we don't agree" but..."we are just going to complain and not act".

christina

I can only guess that liberals are the ones who largely post to RT. These reviews scream "we don't agree" but..."we are just going to complain and not act".

Marsellus

More Hollywood than it should have been given the subject matter. I enjoyed it but it was nowhere near as hardhitting as it should have been. I agree with TO reviewer that Sam's change from bad guy to good guy was not really covered in much depth and I wish more time had been spent with a couple of the Sudanese characters. It was a good(ish) film all-round but you just know there was a much stronger film in there somewhere. Maybe Butler wasn't a powerful enough actor to carry the film??

scrumpyjack

remarkable story unremarkably told. Gerard Butler was fine, so have to disagree there (and I really don't rate him) but the footage over the end credits suggest a documentary (or a more documentary approach) would have better served this fella and his work. 6/10

Linny

Interesting movie but unclear on why/how the sudden 'transfomation' by Sam. Apart from being a real life drama it was a thought provoking movie (though non church goers may not have appreciated how powerful these church meetings can be). It was very violent (to me), but I guess it was 'real' which does not always make comfortable viewing. Well worth seeing, though not encouraged by Cineworld who are only showing the movie at 2150 next week.