Machine Gun Preacher

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Gruesome redemption tale made tedious by oversimplification.

R 2011 123 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 16+

Amazing True Story

I loved this movie. The first half hour is a bit hard to watch but it's part of Sam's real life and most of it is important to see to understand the kind of bad person he was before he got saved. For him to turn his life around the way he did is not natural... it's supernatural.

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age 10+

Excellent true story! Hollywood took some liberties

The true story of Sam Childers and his ministry in Sudan is absolutely incredible inspirational stuff. Unfortunately, Hollywood took some liberties. They show Sam going "over the edge" and even losing his faith for a period. His never actually happened in Sam's actual life. The film also indulges a bit much in Sam's former life. The grit and reality if the film is powerful and Gerard Butler delivers an amazing performance but the film could have done much better if the sensuality scenes and brutal violence and language was lessened a bit for Christian audiences. Overall, though, still a very powerful and moving film certainly far better than most cheesy Christian films.

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