In it, heís Sam Childers, a Pennsylvanian ex-con. After a stint in prison, Childers becomes born-again (if it worked for his stripper wifeÖ) 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 Peopleís Liberation Army (SPLA), finds himself up against the Lordís Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony.
Machine Gun Preacher, directed by Marc Forster (Monsterís Ball, Quantum of Solace), is based on a true story and Childerís memoir, Another Manís 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. Whatís his true goal? Who does he want to take advantage of? These are questions Forster doesnít 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.
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.