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.