Blu-ray Review: Machine Gun Preacher (20th Century Fox)

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by Rock ‘n Roll Ghost

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Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher means well and the film does try its best to reach for an Oscar type drama, but ultimately is reduced to orchestral sappiness, missing what could have been a truly stellar character study.  Gerard Butler does his best with the material at hand as Sam Childers, an ex-criminal biker turned crusader.  But even Butler’s steady performance and a compelling supporting one by Michael Shannon can’t rescue the unsubtle hand Forster is playing throughout.

Based on a true story, Machine Gun Preacher shows Childers finding his way in life by helping rescue kidnapped and orphaned children in East Africa.  Despite trying his best to be a completely changed man, Childers realizes that he will have to meet force with force in order to protect the innocent.

I wish that a firmer handed director such as Sam Mendes had directed Machine Gun Preacher instead of Forster, who, along with his disastrously dull James Bond film Quantum Of Solace and the recent horror stories about the state his adaptation of World War Z is in, is fast approaching a career makeover.  It’s a shame as this film could have been so much more.

Machine Gun Preacher is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Gerard Butler stars in Machine Gun Preacher, available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

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