Whilst Marc Forster is in Glasgow with Brad Pitt creating World War Z having the city play as Philadelphia overran with zombies (should go to the city on a saturday night plenty of candidates to be zombies) his next movie Machine Gun Preacher has had its trailer premiered online. The movie stars my fellow Paisley man Gerard Butler as Sam Childs in a real life story of a former violent drug dealer turn aid worker cleaning up his act heading to Sudan finding himself picking up a gun to protect the children been kidnapped by a local warlord who wants them to be in his army.When it comes to Butler he certainly best when he has a gun in his hand and involved in some scuffle with some nasty people as well as a man full of redemption, so expect so heavy action filled with some morality.
Machine Gun Preacher will make its world premiere at next month’s Toronto Film Festival with the movie getting a limited release in USA on September 23rd but for all of us here in UK&Ireland we have a slightly longer wait until November 18th. The movie also boast a decent support cast of Michael Shannon and Michelle Monaghan.
In this inspirational true story, Machine Gun Preacher is about Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children. Gerard Butler (300) delivers a searing performance as Childers, the impassioned founder of the Angels of East Africa rescue organization in Golden Globe-nominated director Marc Forster’s (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland) moving story of violence and redemption.
When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region’s vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it’s most needed—in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a renegade militia that forces youngsters to become soldiers before they even reach their teens.
But for Sam, it is not enough to shelter the LRA’s intended victims. Determined to save as many as possible, he leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives—and eventually his own. The explosive, real-life tale of a man who has rescued over a thousand orphans from starvation, disease and enslavement, Machine Gun Preacher also stars Michelle Monaghan (Due Date), Kathy Baker (Cold Mountain), Madeline Carroll (Mr. Popper’s Penguins), Academy Award® nominated Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) and Souleyman Sy Savane (“Damages”).