daily stream: a movie about faith, yet without sanctimony
2011’s *Machine Gun Preacher* is on Hulu and Prime in the US, Sky Store in the UK
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In honor of the release of Plane in the UK this past Friday (it’s also playing in the US), I invite you to check out one of my favorite Gerard Butler performances, in a movie that has gone somewhat under the radar: 2011’s Machine Gun Preacher. This is the based-on-fact tale of Sam Childers, who found Jesus, went straight after a life of crime and violence, and headed to Uganda and Sudan to build orphanages for and kick some ass on behalf of orphans of the civil war, including child soldiers.
Butler is hugely engaging as Childers, a tough guy surprised to find he cares, and there’s a fantastic supporting performance by the always great Michael Shannon. And I really love that this is a film about religious faith that doesn’t presume the viewer shares that faith; as an atheist, I appreciate the lack of sanctimony.
US: stream on Hulu and Prime; rent/buy on Prime and Apple TV
UK: rent/buy on Sky Store
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