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January 31, 2016
The film itself leaves me with some mixed feelings, as does the man on whom it is based. Gerard Butler always gives a good performance, but the script is uneven and the first half of the film not very engrossing. I also have some very strong reservations about the real Sam Childers' methods--they are in direct opposition to the words of Christ on the subject of answering violence with violence or even defending oneself, but when the lives of children are at stake, and saving those lives not only from death, but also the soul devastation that is the life of a child soldier, I that cannot condemn, even at the cost of my moral compass.
January 30, 2016
Eye opening, tragic story involving the slaughter of innocence.
December 17, 2015
Very good movie, and a very sad reality..
November 28, 2015
a da bese malku pokratok filmov? :)
October 21, 2015
The evolution of the character is totally unbelievable through the movie and although the topic is of actual interest doesn't really hit you as it happens in other movies of this kind.
½ October 13, 2015
This movie is about the important lifesaving work being done by Sam Childers as he works to save Christian orphans from genocide at the hands of militant Muslims in Africa. The senseless slaughtering of children brought this man of faith to his calling, to save and protect lives, in the name of Jesus.

The movie may be over, but Childers continues his work. Here's one man who doesn't turn his back when genocide happens.
½ August 29, 2015
Great story not so great acting
August 27, 2015
½ August 15, 2015
First of all, this is not the greatest title to give to a movie that is based on a true story and is more concerned with the situation of children in south sudan than with machine guns (though one gets to see a fair share of them over the course of the movie). second, although an attempt is made to shine a light on sam childers (gerard butler), one can never quite identify with him. the whole story remains rather superficial, which is unfortunate - it seems there would have been more to say here
½ June 4, 2015
This is one of the few films where you can easily be put off by the ridiculous name and be so wrong. This is a true story about a bad man who turns his life around via religion, to go and help orphaned kids in Sudan. He owes a lot to his hard past as he uses his experience to fight off the bad men and without which, he's have been a five-minute tambourine tourist.
½ May 30, 2015
Despite good intentions, this movie feels hollow.
½ May 23, 2015
A tough movie to watch, but moving
½ May 23, 2015
This may be the most all over the place movies of recent years that if it wasn't for the fact that it's based off a real life story would be as toxic as nuclear waste. As at its heart there's a morality tale here quite unlike any other, and if it wasn't so confused it could be considered almost dangerous. For the fact remains that fighting fire with fire only leads to lots and lots of burnt dead people. This wants to be part drama/part intense action, but the drama side lacks true depth and the action is too badly shot to have any lasting impact, though this isn't a bad film by any means. Butler is well cast as a born again ex crook who takes no bull, and there's hardly a dull moment throughout with something always just around the corner. Overall a watchable time passer with a fair amount of meat on the bones, but it's not quite all there.
½ April 14, 2015
There is almost no heart and credibility to this movie as it unfolds. Gerard Butler is a good choice for the title character, but he's unable to get at the heart of Sam Childers. The same is true for the screenwriter, who's script comes off like a rough draft. If there is one highlight to this movie, then it is the atmospheric music. It alludes to the wasted potential of the story. This is a disappointment from the reliable director, Marc Forster.
April 5, 2015
Good film very interesting enjoyed it and good acting by Gerald Butler.
April 4, 2015
Gerard Butler plays the hardened criminal come Gods disciple as he turns his back on his troubled life to help kids in war torn Sudan
March 31, 2015
Great movie! True story!
½ March 30, 2015
This should be a stirring 'one man can make a difference' biopic but with Childers, Butlers character, and his 'mission' still ongoing it feels as though the story is unfinished. At times it is sweeping and pulls at the heart strings but not enough to leave a lasting impression. Butler is a charismatic screen presence and can switch between ex-biker gang member and born again Christian in a believable manner but the material is leaves him just short of a great performance.
½ March 19, 2015
This film is raw and basic - which is how the main character is. He is a simple guy going through all the emotions about war.....what is fair, what isn't, how to handle it - fight or love, etc. There are cliches (eg great white American steams in to help where even the locals can't/won't), but its the same old bottom line message in the end. Why are we fighting, why do we hurt our children, how can we possibly be so cruel? I don't think anyone knows.
March 17, 2015
love this movie, it shows how all Christian preachers should be and how they should help those in need
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