Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

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Machine Gun Preacher is based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former biker and drug dealer who found God, went to Africa to help children, and went on to kick some bad guy butt.

War torn Sudan is essentially a crap hole. Children are forced at a very young age to join small military groups and start hurting people, and other bad crap. Well, Sam Childers, aka badass, decided that enough was enough. The mulleted hero went down to bring peace and hope to these poor kids, but the church he builds is burnt down by rebels. He decides to rebuild. But only after he shows these punks what’s what.

At least, that’s what I got from the trailer and a short bio of his life. Apparently the dude is pretty awesome. Oh, and he’s supposed to a Southern tough guy. And Gerard Butler hasn’t quite gotten the accent down. That should add some unintentional humor to the film.

Machine Gun Preacher

Marc Forster is directing a screenplay by Jason Keller. Forster has had an interesting career thus far. He directed Halle Berry’s amazing boning scene in Monster’s Ball, then made Johnny Depp the Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie, but he also made Quantum of Solace, and he’s currently working on World War Z. He seems talented.

Machine Gun Preacher Trailer

Machine Gun Preacher Release Date

September 23, 2011.

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Who’s In It?

 Gerard Butler … Sam Childers
  Michelle Monaghan … Lynn
  Michael Shannon
  Madeline Carroll … Sara
  Kathy Baker
  Inga R. Wilson … Mrs. Shields
  Souleymane Sy Savane … Deng
  Joshua Drew … Ty
  Justin Michael Brandt … Teenage Boy
  Brett Wagner … Ben hobbs
  Barbara Coven … Shannon Wallace
  Judy Stepanian … Employment Worker
  Corey Large … US Businessman
  Richard Goteri … Gun Shop Owner
  Peter Carey … Bill Wallace
  Mandalynn Carlson … Paige’s Friend
  Misty Mills … Biker Chick
  Gary L. Minix … Garage Mechanic
  Jason Waugh … Biker #3

What’s Good About It?

As much as he’s kinda a douche, I like Gerard Butler, and the true story is kinda incredible. Forster is also one of the better directors around these days.

What’s Bad About It?

Watch the trailer. Is this an action movie, a drama, or… I don’t know? It feels like they didn’t commit to any one genre, so they may not succeed at any of them.

Our Clever Prediction

The release is currently only for New York and LA, that means they’re hoping for good word of mouth, cause the film isn’t that hot. Uh-oh.