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Machine Gun Preacher
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Jul 3, 2012 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Marc Forster

Actors:
Gerard Butler
Michelle Monaghan
Michael Shannon

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A born-again ex-con (Butler) goes on a missionary trip to South Sudan, where he establishes an orphanage and clashes with Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If Gerard Butler isnt playing the romantic lead (P.S. I Love You, The Ugly Truth, The Bounty Hunter), hes playing the badass (300, Rocknrolla, Law Abiding Citizen). His latest of the latter is Machine Gun Preacher.

In it, hes Sam Childers, a Pennsylvanian ex-con. After a stint in prison, Childers becomes born-again (if it worked for his stripper wife) and goes on a missionary visit to South Sudan. He sees brutality against Sudanese children and sets up an orphanage. Childers, on the side of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA), finds himself up against the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony.

Machine Gun Preacher, directed by Marc Forster (Monsters Ball, Quantum of Solace), is based on a true story and Childers memoir, Another Mans War. The film is supposed to put Childers in a heroic light as a man who overcame his own troubles to do good, to teach children baseball and build them a better life. Hey, look how great the White Man is, everyone!

But Childers, like the movie itself, is reckless and has no clear direction. Whats his true goal? Who does he want to take advantage of? These are questions Forster doesnt bother to address or answer, and so we find our own answers--none of which reflect positively on Childers.

Most of the thought has gone into the title, which seems straight from an exploitative B-movie (think Hobo with a Shotgun). The rest of Machine Gun Preacher is thoughtless and nothing more than that Scottish guy from that Katherine Heigl movie doing misguided good deeds with an automatic.
THE EXTRAS
Machine Gun Preacher: A Discussion with Marc Forster (18:36): In this interview, Forster discusses the cast, story and more of Machine Gun Preacher.

Making the Music for Machine Gun Preacher (14:00): Composers Thad Spencer, Tom Scott and Richard Werbowenko, as well as editor Matt Chesse, go into the process and purpose of scoring the movie.

A Music Video, the Theatrical Trailer and a Sneak Peek round out the special features.

Also included with this release is a DVD and a Digital Copy.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
With Machine Gun Preacher, director Marc Foster never bothers to ask questions or dig deeper into the motives of Sam Childers, and so the movie is completely misguided and without purpose. The transfers are strong and natural, while the special features include interviews with Foster and the composing team.
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