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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Movie Review: The Machine Gun Preacher starring Gerard Butler from Relativity Media

Genre: Drama
Official Trailer: Itunes Movie Trailers
Directer: Marc Forster
Cast: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Kathy Baker,
 Madeline Carroll, Michael Shannon, Souleymane Sy Savane

Very rarely does a movie get stuck in my head where I obsess over every scene... The Machine Gun Preacher did just that! This movie was like reading a really good book with great character development and with an incredible story to tell.

The movie starts off hard, rough and gritty. Gerard Butler's character was insane... HE was insane. Butler did such a fantastic job portraying Sam Childers. Childers was rough, alcoholic, drug addict, been in prison, and was a horrible father and husband. Butler played his part very well, a little too well. I'm a huge fan of Gerard Butler and it was really getting to me, to see him play such a horrible man, the worst you could imagine.

This movie shows you the true story of how Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) went from a person leading a life of self-destruction to a life of going to church, getting clean, finding faith, caring for his wife and daughter, all while becoming the saviour to a bunch of orphaned kids in Sudan. Sam Childers was a man who needed to do something with his life, to do something good for a change. I felt that this movie was casted perfectly, Gerard Butler was a perfect Sam Childers. Sam's wife who was played by Michelle Monaghan, did a fantastic job. I would think it would be hard to play alongside such a strong character, as Butler had to play, but Monaghan held her own. She was as strong of a character in this movie as he was, she was not drowned out by Butlers brilliance at all.

I would see this movie all over again, even though it was harsh. When I say harsh, I mean the children in Sudan are starving, orphaned, and dying. This movie was really hard for me to watch, however, The Machine Gun Preacher has a strong message to send out and the movie did an excellent job of doing that. I went home and immediately donated to the Sam Childers site, he even has a donation set up for a well, so the children can have clean drinking water.

What's funny is that I walk into this movie looking cute with perfect makeup, when the movie was over, I looked like a junkie with mascara running down my face. You are one tough person if this movie doesn't bring a tear to your eye! When I think of the impact this amazing, very well acted movie will have on it's fans... well it's much like The Schindler's List... even though it was harsh, it was phenomenal. The Schindler's List will forever go down in movie history, it has also won a lot of awards. The Machine Gun Preacher is no different... as far as the acting, storyline and message, this movie will win academy awards. You can mark my word on that! The message that this awesome movie gives, is one that will forever be in your thoughts and heart.

This movie is rated R for stong violence, strong profanity, brief sex scene.

A BIG thanks to Amy from a Different Drummer for giving ReadingTeen pre-screening passes, Andye and I enjoyed sitting with the press!

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  1. I'm hoping to see it this week :)

  2. This movie was so freaking amazing. I couldn't stop crying....and I NEVER cry at movies!

  3. Wow, sounds amazing :) Can't wait!

  4. When you first posted this review my initial thought was, "I HAVE to see this!"

    Then life moved on and I forgot all about this movie (Last fall and this spring were a bit hectic with a pregnancy, move and then birth lol)

    Well, last night at redbox, I saw the title and vetoed my boyfriend. Can I just say.. WOW. Gerard Butler was AMAZING. I was so choked up throughout the film and just utterly heartbroke by the horrible violence that it shown a light on.

    Like you, I found it very hard to see him portray such an awful man at the beginning, but at the same time, the fact that he played the role so well is what made the movie such an incredible film.

    Thanks for the review a year ago, I'm so happy I finally saw this!


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