Machine Gun Preacher
Strangely coinciding with the Kony 2012 phenomena, Machine Gun Preacher
stars the charismatic Gerard Butler as Sam Childers, a former criminal
turned missionary who fought for the orphans of Uganda and Sudan from
the African Warlords. Almost sounding like a graphic novel, Machine Gun
Preacher firsts introduces us to a very unlikeable Childers as he is
released from prison.
Fortunately Butler plays the clichéd criminal well as he
resumes his life as a violent criminal with assistance from best friend Donny
(Michael Shannon) but thanks to his ex-stripper wife Lynne (Michele
Monaghan), she forces Sam to church which sets the seeds of Christianity
into his persona.
Although Childers doesn't become a preacher overnight,
his trip to Africa ignites his path to redemption as he witnesses the
abuse of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) against the children who have a history
of humanitarian abuse and far worse.
From here, Childers uses his past
as a criminal (e.g. brute force and intimidation) to rescue these
children soldiers and under the guidance of his newly found Christian
morals, he helps build an orphanage in a militia owned territory to help
get them rehabilitated. The shining light of Machine Gun Preacher is
definitely Butler as the gun totting Machine Gun Preacher who portrays a
man of god well but is not scared to use some force to rescue these
On Blu-ray, the video quality is
exceptional which definitely
highlights the atrocities of child soldiers in Africa with some great
use of the cinematography to highlight this. Colours have this real
earthy feel and the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound is used well,
especially with the sometimes over the top action sequences that
at times come off a little too stereotypically for this action genre.
In conclusion, Machine Gun Preacher is an
interesting story that although attempts to justify violence with
violence, it's more about highlighting the plight of these children,
especially in light with the Kony 2012 viral infection.