• Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

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Machine Gun Preacher

Release Date: September 23rd, 2011

DVD Release Date: June 5th, 2012

R |2 hr 7 min

Plot Summary

Sam Childers (Gerard Butler), a former biker, decides to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war. Transformed by the horrors he sees, Sam ignores the warnings of more experienced aide workers and breaks ground for an orphanage in the heart of territory controlled by a brutal renegade militia. But establishing a shelter is not enough; determined to save as many lives as possible, Sam leads armed missions into enemy territory to rescue kidnapped children.

Cast: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon, Kathy Baker, Souléymane Sy Savané, Madeline Carroll, Ryann Campos, Grant R. Krause

Director: Marc Forster

Genres: Drama, Biography

Production Co: GG Filmz, Relativity, Apparatus, Safady Entertainment

Keywords: Underdog, 2000s, Inspiring, Sacrifice, 1990s, Wife, Rescue, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    One can't escape the nagging feeling that the film doesn't dig deeply enough into its real-life hero. The film doesn't explore all those "whys" and "whats." show more

  • 50

    Gerard Butler, who's honed his screen persona as a brutish, charismatic jerk, isn't a bad fit for the role of Sam, even if he's more believable spraying bullets and stabbing hitchhikers than he is delivering a sermon. show more

  • 63
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The action sequences are energetic and suspenseful but they don't always mesh well with the dramatic material. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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