Machine Gun Preacher

Title:  Machinegun Preacher

Year:  2012

Media:  DVD

Publisher:  Relativity Media

Length:  129 minutes

Rating:  R

                Once in awhile a movie comes out that grabs more than just desire for entertainment; it also grabs the heart.  Machinegun Preacher is just such a movie that grabs not just the attention of the viewer, but the heart also.  It isn’t a movie that is easy to watch not because of the scenes of violence or even the language, but to understand the reality of what is happening somewhere far from where you live.  Until the movie commercials were shown, I had no idea what this movie was about nor did I even know this is based on a real man’s journey.  Did you?

      The movie is based on the life of Sam Childers.  His story was published in 2011 by Thomas Nelson in a paperback titled:  Another Man's War:  The True Story of One Man's Battle to Save Children in the Sudan.  This one man’s life has been a war zone both outside of himself and within.  God got Sam’s attention then spoke to Sam telling him what he was going to do and where he was going to do it.  Some may think that it is easy to just pack up and go when answering a “yes” to God, but it isn’t.  Viewers will see not only Sam’s journey, but that of his mother, wife, daughter, and others who are impacted by Sam’s change of heart and direction of life.

                We are spared the gory scenes Sam has witnessed in Sudan, and I am sure he has witnessed worse.  However, we get glimpses of the pain, sorrow, suffering, and battles that touch Sam’s heart and others as he tries to call people’s attention to children needing help badly.  At the end of the movie, you will see pictures of the real Sam along with his wife, daughter, the children in Sudan, and the men Sam works and fights alongside with consistently.  It is a wakeup call to look past what is happening just in America to the exclusion of other people around the world.  No one asked me to view the movie or read the book for review purposes; I just wanted to see this movie. 

                Get the book as well as the DVD and be prepared to have your viewpoint stretched and worldview rocked.

Rating of DVD:  5+ stars.


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