Machine Gun Preacher is the inspirational true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children.
Machine Gun Preacher is the inspirational true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children. less
“An exciting plot gets completely wasted due to poor scripting. Only Gerard Butler’s intense performance makes Machine Gun Preacher a bearable experience. Nothing more than a one-time-watch!”
Films based on real lives have a tendency to amaze and shock as you wonder how someone could actually live such an extraordinary life. They also have a tendency to fall prey to the diktats of commercial cinema and hence meander on aspects that seem visually appealing but never really go beyond the surface of an obviously deep character. Machine Gun Preacher is one such film.
The story is typical of a man in search of his true calling after having fallen down the gutter and eventually save his soul while heroically giving meaning to the lives of others. But it really is a Rambo film garbed in Blood Diamond clothing. You get the action, you get the inspirational spiel but you never really buy any of that.
Gerard Butler gives an earthy performance as the drug-ridden, gun-slapping savior but some of the scenes really reduce him to an action figure from a bad video game. Michelle Morgan as his southern wife speaks in a weird accent and her wide-eyed doe act is just about acceptable. Michael Shannon amply supports Butler's character as his friend and partner.
Director Marc Forster has given us many soul-stirring features like Finding Neverland and Monster's Ball but this one tries to hard to just woo the Oscar voters more than anything else.
Overall its an effort wasted and short changes the life of a great man. Still worth a one-time watch if you like Gerard Butler in action. 2.5 stars