MACHINE GUN PREACHER
Defending the Children
Release Date: September 23, 2011
Starring: Gerard Butler, Michelle
Monaghan, Kathy Baker, Michael
Shannon, Souleymane Sy Savane,
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 123 minutes
Distributor: Relativity Media
Director: Marc Forester
Executive Producer: Gerard Butler, Michael Corso,
Kyle Dean Jackson, Myles
Nestel, Louise Rosner, Adi
Shankar, Alan Siegel, Spencer
Silna, Bradford Simpson
Producer: Robbie Brenner, Craig Chapman,
Deborah Giarrantana, Marc
Forster, Gary Safady
Writer: Jason Keller
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Relativity Media (Rogue Pictures/Overture Movies)
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Sam Childers has just been released from prison, but he goes about the same crimes. After drinking, shooting up heroin, threatening to kill a drug supplier, and knifing a man almost to death, Sam realizes he needs help. Sam’s wife, Lynn, takes him to church, where the pastor offers an altar call to ask for forgiveness. Realizing he needs help and forgiveness, Sam goes to the altar and in that day is baptized.
Completely altering his lifestyle, giving up drugs, dealing, drinking, and killing, Sam decides to open up a church for those who have had the same sordid past. At the same time, Sam decides to make a trip to the Sudan, where he sees the realities of the war and how children are kidnapped and trained to kill. Completely moved, Sam decides to open an orphanage for the children whose lives are affected by the war, but the rebels who take the children to build their army decide to burn down Sam’s orphanage. Sam decides to fight for the children and many times that means killing the bad guys to save their lives.
MACHINE GUN PREACHER is a powerful movie that has some very poignant moral elements to it with blatant sermons and altar call church scenes. At the same time, however, it shows a lot of grit and violence, plus extreme foul language and drug abuse. The question is, do the ends justify the means? Should Sam protect the children that are being used to kill, by killing? As Christians, we do believe there is a real world, painful and pagan, and that Jesus can transform any broken heart that asks for forgiveness. Even in the depths of Africa and the wealth of America, MACHINE GUN PREACHER shows the world needs forgiveness.
Well made and a pull on the heart, MACHINE GUN PREACHER definitely makes a statement. Extreme caution is advised, however, for the foul language, violence and drug references. What the filmmakers did not realize is that you do not need porno-violence to show the depravity in life.
MACHINE GUN PREACHER is a powerful movie with very poignant moral moments, blatant sermons and altar call church scenes. However, it shows too much grit and violence, plus extreme foul language and drug abuse. The question is, should Sam protect the children that are being used to kill, by killing? Christians believe there is a real world, painful and pagan, but that Jesus can transform any broken heart that asks for forgiveness. MACHINE GUN PREACHER shows that all children need to be protected and the world needs forgiveness, but the violence, foul language and drug references warrant extreme caution.