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Machine Gun Preacher is inspiring

By Jeffrey Totey, Christian Pop Culture Examiner October 2, 2011

Opening last Friday, September 30, #Machine Gun Preacher is no Hobo with a Shotgun. Both stories appear to be far-fetched, but Preacher is actually based on a true story. For Hobo, let’s hope not. Preacher opens with #Gerard Butler playing drug-dealing, biker-gang criminal #Sam Childers leaving prison...again. He is picked up by his long-suffering wife who has news for Sam. Due to a new life transformation, she is no longer stripping for a living. He asks her, “You found Jesus now?” and she replies, “He found me.” With no desire of changing his own life, Sam continues down the dirty road he started years ago only to find what we already know - that it is a dead end. He finally surrenders his life to Jesus himself, which opens a door to a whole new lifestyle for the man. He picks up a construction job and stays away from the bars. He becomes a family man who attends church on a regular basis, but something is still missing. Sam decides to go on a short term mission trip to East Africa to help repair destroyed homes by civil war. While there, he sees the atrocities of this war and the effect that is was having on the children, many becoming orphans. Advertisement Soon, Sam is traveling back and forth from his home in Pennsylvania and breaks ground for an orphanage where it’s most needed—in the middle of territory controlled by a renegade militia that forces youngsters to become soldiers before they even reach their teens. Despite his best efforts to build something good, the soldiers destroy the camp. Fortunately, Sam knows a thing or two about fighting and guns. Determined to save as many children as possible, Sam raises his own small army, the Angels of East Africa rescue organization. While technically not a “Christian” movie, Preacher preaches an inspiring message. It takes a route not followed by Christian film makers, and for that reason, many Christians will stay home instead of watching this film. This is a shame as Preacher shows a much more realistic portrayal of an imperfect person turning to salvation but is still a flawed human being like the rest of us. Director Marc Forster, known for Monster’s Ball and Finding Neverland, chooses to portray the surroundings in East Africa as they were. It is a violent movie, but not to the extreme. It isn’t larger than life. Just like in the real world, there is plenty of foul language, especially in the beginning of the film, but it only serves to show the true change in Sam’s character when he becomes a Christian. What is most refreshing is that how realistic the whole story is played out. In the beginning of the film, the family lives in a small worn out mobile home and then moves into a much nicer home, but not overly nice. The family still struggles with money. They still fight from time to time. Things aren’t perfect. The controversial film also takes on the debate questioning if violence only serves to create more violence. From what I can tell, these children don’t stand a chance without Sam. Preacher compounds more than 30 years into a 2 hour film, although it is hard to tell since nobody but Paige, Sam’s daughter, ages. Butler does an amazing job of hiding his Scottish accent. He shares the screen with Michelle Monaghan who plays his no-nonsense wife, Lynn. Monaghan plays her strong, able to stand her own ground against her sometimes abusive husband. Kathy Baker is understated as Sam’s mother who never stopped praying for him. In some ways, she is the little old lady we all know, but is stronger than they let on. Madeline Carroll plays Sam’s daughter Paige who struggles with thoughts that her father loves the children in Africa more than herself. Machine Gun Preacher is difficult to watch at times and is compounded by the fact that is all true and this situation in Africa still exists today. It also challenges the viewer to wonder if they are following their true calling or not. I had a chance to meet with the real Sam Childers and screenwriter Jason Keller this week. Look for my interview with them next week.

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if violence only creates more violence? the traditional answer may be "yes". but from a realistic point, sometimes there seems no chance other than to fight violently. it usually happens in a disorder and barbarous world. in such world "order" doesn't exist. the violence is implemented because this is the only choice. Sam's story is the case. he is confronting a brutal militia, who talk with guns not languages. Sam's story is a heroic story as well as a tragedy. it implys that some organizations, for instant, the government of East Africa or the UN, doesn't fulfill its responsibility. for this reason, Sam is given a task which not his and beyond a citizen's ability. it's a tragedy for Sam, actually. he has lost much, not only his normal life, but also his soul.

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if violence only creates more violence? the traditional answer may be "yes". but from a realistic point, sometimes there seems no chance other than to fight violently. it usually happens in a disorder and barbarous world. in such world "order" doesn't exist. the violence is implemented because this is the only choice. Sam's story is the case. he is confronting a brutal militia, who talk with guns not languages. Sam's story is a heroic story as well as a tragedy. it implys that some organizations, for instant, the government of East Africa or the UN, doesn't fulfill its responsibility. for this reason, Sam is given a task which not his and beyond a citizen's ability. it's a tragedy for Sam, actually. he has lost much, not only his normal life, but also his soul.

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I can hardly wait for Machine Gun Preacher to be in a theater where I can see it earlier in the day. Since I am treating for cancer, I can not be in big crowds, so I will hope that the movie is shown at many theaters, so that my hubby George and I can go earlier like the first show when not to many people are there. We have followed Gerard (Gerry) Butler since we first saw Phantom of the Opera in 2005 for one of our anniversaries. We followed the show since Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman made it famous in New York. We gave the music and the DVD to many, many relatives and friends over the years.

We have seen every movie that GB has made since the beginning. He is a marvelous actor and should be definitely recognized for this movie with a big shinny YOU KNOW WHAT, but if not, he still is a marvelous actor.

Life deals us all good and bad DEALS..Dealing violence with violence sometimes that MUST BE...ask the people like myself and hubby who lived through WORLD WAR 11. Even though we were young, we still understood what was happening. It was Against Hilter--- The so called living god of Japan --and Musalini, we the WORLD had no choice except to use violence..Sometimes people who have not had to deal with that type of Horror don't understand, or people who haven't learned about history, Do not learn from history. WE are not afraid to watch a real life TRUE STORY of someone like Sam Childers who did what he had to do to save those innocent children. As far as preachers not wanting to see this movie because of a few words, well then, I say forget about them, if they are that closed minded. I believe the true preachers, will see it for a real life story. During WW11 we the people did not close our mines. Now don't tell me those preachers haven't heard bad language in their lives..That language has always been out there. Sadly, It will be there loss. Most children feel when their father or mother are not with them l00per cent of the time, that they are being neglected, but I bet the daughter soon learned the wonderful thing her father was trying to do to help the children. When they grow up, and have their own life, they usually understand..Oh, how I wish this movie will stick around, if not I will have to wait until it is out on DVD or on NETFLIX, but WE will LOOK FORWARD to seeing it whenever we are able to see IT. Anything with Gerry B. is worth waiting for. I mentioned after we saw POTO, we went back and saw every movie that man made. He is an outstanding actor and always WAS!

hugs :funnyup::tantrum: Donna Jean and George and clan WE ALL ENJOY HIS MOVIES..

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The absolute truth is, Gerry is the best actor of his time and probably of much time yet to come.

He gives each character his heart and soul and therefore creates a wonderful character.

Sometimes those characters are flawed, but only on paper. Gerry creates his characters

with what he has to work with, the character on the pages, and then gives his all, which is

the best there is to give.

I love all of his characters and all of his work, just like Donna Jean. After I was introduced to

Gerry in Phantom I found all of his previous work and everything he has done since. He is the

epitemy of actor, the very best there is or was or ever will be.

Love him absolutely,

Sandy

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