Hit or Miss ? Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

Machine Gun Preacher emerges from the hands of style-chameleon Marc Foster, known from films like Monster’s Ball, Quantum of Solace, Finding Neverland, Stranger than Fiction, Stay and The Kite Runner.. If some other director has more of a seemingly mixed and inconsistent oeuvre I haven’t heard of them.

The story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who’ve been forced to become soldiers.

No doubt the synopsis seems intriguing enough, with a hot topic of child soldiers and Childers’ life story is nothing short of miraculous, BUT (you saw it coming) can Gerard Butler act?

If not, MGP will propably succumb to a level of mindless action. If yes, it could be a surprise hit. As much I’d like to wave the Scottish flag and say I think Butler could pull it off, I won’t. Even with the semi-inspiring additions of Kathy Baker and Michael Shannon (who’s really underrated btw!) there seems to be a disconnect in the uplifting message of the story and the classical mindless action.

Opens in the UK on the 4th of November, limited release in the US.

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11 responses to “Hit or Miss ? Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

  1. Smells like a good no-brainer but with a rather plastic background story. Butler is a decent actor and it’s rated R, so I might rent it in case of boredom.

  2. I will give it a rental once it’s available on DVD. The dismal Rotten Tomatoes score (22%) certainly isn’t too reassuring but it should be a watchable, broad-stroke story.

  3. Butler has a certain gregariousness to him that could lend itself well to a role of this sort, and I’ve heard good things about it from advance press. That said, it’s Butler, and Butler hasn’t been in a good movie since 300, so I remain cautiously interested in this.

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