September 26, 2011
Heartbreaking and Thought-provoking
Machine Gun Preacher is not for the faint of heart. It's based on a true story about a man who gives up a life of drugs and crime after becoming a Born-again Christian. He goes over to Sudan to help build a church, and discovers the horrific war being waged upon the women and children. He knows he has to do something, so he undertakes the tremendously difficult project of building an orphanage.
I want to say that everyone should see this movie, because although I knew that there was and is a war going on in Sudan, I didn't really know the extent of it... and this movie was really an eye-opener.
Gerard Butler is fantastic as the turbulent Sam Childers, and he really pulls off every aspect of this character, from the violent, addicted, ne'er-do-well, to the heartbroken man who has witnessed unspeakable horror, to the vengeance-seeking soldier who picks up a rocket launcher and throws himself into a war that's not his own.
Go see it, but be prepared for the violence.
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