First Look: ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ Trailer

Gerard Butler in Machine Gun Preacher
Gerard Butler in Machine Gun Preacher - © Relativity Media

I’ve got to say I’m loving this first trailer for Machine Gun Preacher. Of course the fact it stars Gerard Butler doesn’t hurt… Relativity Media’s first look at Machine Gun Preacher sets up the story and shows that it won’t be just an action film, despite the fact it’s got machine gun in the title. And it appears as though it won’t get overly ‘preacher’-y either. Machine Gun Preacher stars Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Kathy Baker, Madeline Carroll, and Michael Shannon, and is set for release on September 23, 2011.

The Plot: In this inspirational true story, Machine Gun Preacher is about Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children. Gerard Butler (300) delivers a searing performance as Childers, the impassioned founder of the Angels of East Africa rescue organization in Golden Globe-nominated director Marc Forster’s (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland) moving story of violence and redemption.

When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region’s vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it’s most needed—in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a renegade militia that forces youngsters to become soldiers before they even reach their teens. But for Sam, it is not enough to shelter the LRA’s intended victims. Determined to save as many as possible, he leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives—and eventually his own.

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