Review: ‘Maching Gun Preacher’ Aims, Shoots & HITS!
I respect this film. I respect this film so much; I will not go on one of my idiotic rants or raves like I normally do. It’s not to say I don’t respect other films I’ve watched and/or reviewed, I do… It’s just from the start, Director, Marc Forster engages the audience within a realm I imagine most of us are familiar with, yet, not too in-tune when it comes to the realities which are going on, as we speak, on the other side of this big blue marble we share. The opening scene commands a large degree of respect, and what ties in after, takes us on such a deep, depressing, ride of realities… After watching this film, so much resonated within me, it felt surreal to know and feel I had zero smart-ass remarks whatsoever… And even more considering its status of being a [True Story] and having read up a lot on the militant individuals which serve as the film’s antagonists – The LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army).
When ex-biker/gang member Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help restore homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the incomprehensible horrors faced by the region’s innocent and vulnerable—especially children. Doing aside the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it’s most needed—in the middle of land controlled by the brutal LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army), an extreme renegade militia that forces children to become soldiers before they even reach their teen years. But for Sam, it’s not enough to shelter the LRA’s shattered victims. Determined to save as many as possible, he leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives, and eventually his own.