Gerard Butler tackles a character-driven drama with Machine Gun Preacher, based on true events.
Starring: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan and Michael Shannon [full cast list under the ‘Cast’ tab]Directed By: Marc Forster
Written By: Jason Keller
Release Date: September 23, 2011
Genres: Drama, action
Running Time: 123 minutes
MPAA Rating: R for violent content including disturbing images, language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality
Official Website: www.machinegunpreacher.com
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Official Synopsis: 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.