“Machine Gun Preacher” is a biographical action drama film directed by Marc Forster and released in 2011. The movie is based on the true story of Sam Childers (played by Gerard Butler), a former biker and drug dealer who turns his life around and becomes a Christian missionary in Sudan.
In Sudan, Childers is shocked by the brutality of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group that abducts and enslaves children to serve as soldiers or sex slaves. He begins to use his skills as a former soldier to protect and rescue the children, often resorting to violent means to do so.
The film is notable for its strong performances, particularly by Butler, who delivers a powerful and emotional portrayal of Childers. The movie also features a strong supporting cast, including Michelle Monaghan as Childers’ wife, and Michael Shannon as his best friend and business partner.
Overall, “Machine Gun Preacher” is a gripping and intense film that offers a visceral and uncompromising portrayal of Childers’ story. Its mix of action, drama, and social commentary make it a must-see for fans of biographical films, as well as anyone interested in the ongoing conflict in Sudan.
Duration: 129 min.