Machine Gun Preacher is based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds his unexpected calling as the savoir of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children in war-torn Sudan.
Was it good?
Gerard Butler (of 300 fame) does a pretty good job of filling in Sam Childers shoes and it’s a pretty tough job to fill and undertake as during filming two of the crew members were actually killed on location!
When you watch stories based on true events it really does emphasis the on-screen events and it sinks home even more that this is happening in the world today! At times the images presented to you are quite shocking.
However there is a sense that there is a lot of content crammed into this film but the producers/directors have skimped over the back story a touch i.e. the events that led up to his decision to help the people of Sudan – including the battle Sam has with his past and the effects it has on his relationship with the family that surrounded him.
Sam also seems to jet back and forth between Sudan and his own country almost every five minutes in the latter parts of the film and while you don’t necessarily need to see this, it does make the film seem a tad more rushed.
Even so there is no denying the quality of Machine Gun Preacher and it is certainly worth a watch, more so for educating you to the fact that the problems in Sudan are still going on to this day!