Marc Forster, the versatile filmmaker who brought us the imaginative Stranger Than Fiction and Finding Neverland and the gritty Monster’s Ball, is primed to deliver big with his latest offering, Machine Gun Preacher—arguably the best-titled film of the year (not to be confused with this year’s Hobo with a Shotgun, which is an equally amazing title). This is the true story of Sam Childers (Gerard Butler), a former drug-dealing biker, who takes it upon himself to advocate for Sudanese children who are forced to be soldiers.
I’m a big fan of Forster’s work, so I’m looking forward to this film. Its fall release and Forster’s name put the film in prime contention for Oscar consideration. The Academy is usually a sucker for true stories, particularly those with heart, which this film appears to have. Judging from the trailer and synopsis, Childers’s arc is pretty dynamic. I’m interested to see what Butler did with such a meaty, inspired part. It’s good to see him outside the rom-com genre, at least for the time being.
Director: Marc Forster
Screenwriter: Jason Keller
Producers: Robbie Brenner, Craig Chapman, Marc Forster, Deborah Giarratana, Gary Safady
Cast: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama
Distributor: Relativity Media
Official Site: machinegunpreacher.org
Release Date: 9.23.11 (NY & LA)