Machine Gun Preacher Movie Trailer


Yesterday the trailer for the latest Gerard Butler film was released. There’s a bit of controversy over Machine Gun Preacher because it portray’s the common Hollywood storyline formula of the  “white savior ”  ( The Help, Dances with Wolves, The Last Samurai etc). It seems diverse audiences are finally tired of the overplayed racially insensitive formula of the white person swooping into a foreign culture to help save the day for the primitives. This film is based on a true story…which might make audiences slightly a bit more forgiving.

Personally, although I am sick of the formula as well, in the end I just want to see a good story. If there’s an entertaining story to be told… I could care less what the race of the main protagonist is. As long as it’s not insulting.

In lieu of the brewing controversy, I’m sure the marketing team behind the film will probably change the official poster for the film (above).

Machine Gun Preacher stars Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon,Madeline Carrol, and Kathy Baker. It is directed by Marc Foster. Machine Gun Preacher is scheduled for release September 23, 2011.


Official Synopsis:

Machine Gun Preacher” is the inspirational true story of 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 Souleymane Sy Savane (“Damages”

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