Machine Gun Preacher: A fantastic performance from Gerard Butler

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Article Date: September 7, 2011 | Publication: Globe and Mail | Author: DAVE MCGINN
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Directed by Marc Forster (USA)

It may have the perfect title for a lurid B-movie, but Machine Gun Preacher is in fact based on a real-life story. Sam Childers (Gerard Butler), a former drug dealer and biker who found Jesus, built a church and then set out to help the children of Sudan by not only building them an orphanage but even fighting rebels with, yes, a machine gun.

Butler gives a fantastic performance as a man desperate to help in a catastrophe ignored by so many others. But Marc Forster, who previously directed Quantum of Solace, is constrained by reality, and so is left with a story that lacks much of a satisfying climax or anything like a proper ending.