Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
Some people were given second chance in their life. Some even third, fourth chances,some only got two and make the best out of it.
After struggling with drug issues, heavy crimes, even murders, Sam Childers - portrayed perfectly by Gerard Butler - sans the round stomache, decided that he will quit his tough life and made serious effort to find God, to bring his life to the…well, peaceful path.
With the help of his wife, played by Michelle Monaghan, Sam went back to the church and proposed himself to be baptized.
Leaving drugs, cocaine, and such Sam focused on his construction business, which surprisingly turned out very good and he afford the family to move to a better house, leaving their trailer home.
A visit from a priest from a Christian church in Sudan brought another consciousness to Sam. His life changed drastically since then.
Marc Foster, the director of this film, brought very close the vivid picture of how children in Sudan were becoming the victims of the never ending war. A local war general has been identified as the main actor behind the killing of 400 thousands of people, and more than 40 thousand children have been dragged into sexual slavery or turning them into kids soldiers.
Some scenes were graphics, there for this film was not meant for children, or weak hearted ones.
Sam, is probably the example of the very few people who have found his purpose in life. He traveled back and forth from Africa to United States to keep everything going - his family - and the children that he has to protect and feed - up to now - in an orphanage that he built solely from his own money.
Nothing special about the images, but the sets, and the children who play the parts were awesome.The film itself is categorized into drama despite several shooting scenes, explosions, and murders.
Some people, like Sam, have decided that he will take part in the fight to make a small part of Sudan to become a better place for these children - because the world seems to have forgotten this war zone country.
And Sam is not the first character in such film where the character somewhat took the oath to set everything’s right in their own way. But to realize that this film was made based on a real life person’s who actually still alive and still travel back and forth - enduring thousands of miles - leaving his comfort zone, raised his guns, used his own money, to bring joy to many unfortunate kids, and made someone else’s fight become his fights is just…