Machine Gun Preacher Clip and Soundtrack Preview by Chris Cornell & Aaron Hendra

Happy Fiday, all! I’m certainly looking forward to a long Labor Day weekend and hopefully catch The Debt at the cinema tomorrow, been anticipating that one for a while.

Well, speaking of anticipated movies, we got some new preview clips from Machine Gun Preacher. You know I’ve been waiting for this for quite a while. If you haven’t already, check out the trailer and official poster, and previous updates about the movie. Relativity Media also released a second version of the poster for the faith community, which is certainly a lot more serene than the first one.

This ‘death comes at night’ clip below shows Gerard Butler as Rev. Sam Childers when he first saw. the Sudanese kids who came by the hundreds to sleep outside his living quarter. His friend, played by Souleymane Sy Savane, told him ‘… you can’t save them all…’ but Sam was so moved by what he saw that he invited them in to sleep inside. It’s become a catalyst of what the real-life preachers is doing now with his Angels of East Africa ministry.

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There is also another exclusive clip at which shows Butler yelling at a banker. This film is sure to showcase Butler’s undeniable intensity as well as his more tender and dramatic side that a lot of people aren’t accustomed to if they’ve only seen him in 300 and the rom-coms.

The studio also announced the soundtrack for the movie, which includes a song from Chris Cornell. His You Know My Name song for Casino Royale is one of my fave Bond title songs, and I really like this one as well. Here’s a quote from MGP director Marc Forster from Rama Screen, “We were thrilled when Chris wrote this beautiful and heartfelt song for us. The first time I heard ‘The Keeper,’ I immediately saw it in the movie. Chris was able to articulate the essence of Sam’s story.” Cornell debuted the song on his official website and partnered with Childers’ ministry so a portion of the song’s proceed goes towards Angels of East Africa.

Take a listen of the song below:

Now I’m not sure if this one is going to be on the soundtrack or not, but Australian musician Aaron Hendra recorded a song specifically by request by Childers himself, it’s called One Man’s War, which is the name of Childers’ book as well. According to Hendra’s Facebook page, the sound of kids singing the chorus of the song are from the 300 Sudanese children now living at Childers’ orphanage! I found the video of the song that shows photos of the preacher and the kids singing the end chorus. I love, love, love the song, Hendra’s got such a soothing voice and the lyrics and melody is wonderful, I’ve been humming it all day long 🙂

I am beyond stoked for this film and there is even a rumor that this movie might be shown at this year’s Twin Cities Film Fest? I’m not going to get too excited until I hear a confirmation but my, oh my, I’d be so thrilled if I could see this one ahead of its limited release on September 23!

What do you think of the clip/music? Are you planning to see this movie?

Poster Spotlight: Machine Gun Preacher

When it rain, it pours! Last week, I posted the trailer of one of my most anticipated movies out this Fall, Coriolanus. Today we’ve got an update of Machine Gun Preacher in the form of an official poster ahead of its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival next month. Man, I wish I could attend!

In case this is the first time you’ve heard of it, here’s the premise:

The movie is based on a true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader hundreds of Sudanese children who’ve been kidnapped and pressed into duty as soldiers in the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Unlike Coriolanus, this movie is clearly a starring vehicle for Gerard Butler.

Click to see a larger version courtesy of JustJarred

Anybody else get the Inglourious Basterds‘ vibe? And 300 as well obviously w/ Butler looking very Leonidas-y against the sepia-toned backdrop. As you know, I’ve been looking forward to this film for some time as the story and ministry of Sam Childers intrigued me. But this poster seems to suggest all the badassery aspect of the story, but not so much the compassionate/humanitarian side. I mean, yes sure there are brutality abounds in Childers’ autobiography Another Man’s War, but it’s not exactly violence for violence sake on Childers’ part. From what I’ve read so far, his primary mission is to save the Sudanese children whose parents have been killed by the Lord’s Resistance Army and the kids themselves are subject to torture and violent death.

I sincerely hope filmmaker Marc Forster won’t overindulge on Childers’ dark past with the [more marketable] sex and violence stuff, but also spend a great deal of time showing how God transformed this man and enabled him to build his ministry in Africa. Whether one agrees or not with his philosophy, I do believe his heart is in the right place. The film also stars Kathy Baker, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon (the soon-to-be General Zod) and Souleymane Sy Savane, the Ivorian actor who received rave reviews for his performance in Goodbye Solo.

The US release date is set on September 23 (limited release). Hope the trailer will be released soon.

What are your thoughts of the poster and/or the film?