11 comments on “Machine Gun Preacher: I Can Take These Right Here

  1. Hmm, I can’t say this movie was on my radar at all, especially with that B-movie like title. But I think your review may have convinced me to give it a try. Sounds a lot more interesting than I originally gave it credit for. Great job!

    • Hahaha. Yeah you have a point on the title. I also never knew of it until I saw it on the Walmart shelves. It’s worth a rental at least. Thanks for the comment!

    • Great review Gene, I realize this film’s not perfect and Sam’s transformation felt a bit too abrupt, but I quite like it overall. I think Butler did a great job, as you said he’s pretty convincing and he was able to balance the action and dramatic scenes equally well. I always knew he could handle the emotional scenes when the role required him to, so it’s too bad so few people saw this film. I think the film’s marketing is too blame, not only did they made it look like an action movie (with the star of 300 no less), the studio reportedly dropped this film as in they didn’t bother to promote it as well as they should. Not sure why as there’s obviously a powerful message here about redemption and sacrifice. I don’t have as huge of an issue with the violence (well apart from the bazooka scene which is so over the top) as I read a bit about Childers’ life and given the situation, I don’t know how he could protect those children if he weren’t well-armed.

      • Thanks for the comment, Ruth. Sorry so late on the reply :/ That is a bit curious about the promotion of this movie. I’d like to think I would have known about a movie like this being released, but the first I knew of it was on the shelves at Wal-Mart! Even then the title didn’t help it to be taken seriously. I’m glad I gave it a shot though. You’re right, given Childers’ situation he about has to take up arms to be effective.

  2. Nice review, Gene. I think I have this one on my Netflix queue. I was curious about it for a long while. I may check it out sooner based on your write up. I like Butler and I actually enjoyed Olympus is Falling. Good job!

    • Olympus Has Fallen was definitely the better “white house explodes” movie last year, and that was no doubt due to Butler’s performance. I’d encourage you to see Machine Gun Preacher. It won’t blow you away, but it does bring up some things to think about.

      Thanks for the comment Victor!

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