Butler's Machine Gun Preacher trailer
You know you could look at Machine Gun Preacher and wonder if this could be a chance for Gerard Butler to get a mention at those awards for the naked golden bloke, after all it's a true story, a man triumphing over adversity, going to Africa to save children, and ending up fighting for the side of good. While you might end up thinking of the amazing Romero Dallaire, it's actually the story of Sam Childers and his own amazing life.
It does have a lot of the check boxes that make these performances get noticed at the Oscars and other such award ceremonies, but then there's the fact that Marc Forster is directing and a relatively new writer called Jason Keller has delivered the script. Could it be as good as the story suggests?
Let's look at the blurb first and find out some more about Sam Childers and his story:
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.
Sounds an amazing story, and just from reading that you know it's going to be a powerful film and that it's one that Gerard Butler could really deliver a strong performance on. Will the awards community lap it up? I think there's potential and wait till you see that trailer.