Gerard Butler lives the role of an ex-biker-gang member and former drug-dealer who undergoes an astonishing life transformation and finds his unexpected calling as the saviour of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children in war-torn Sudan. Based on his inspirational true story, Sam Childers (Butler - Law Abiding Citizen, 300) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war. Outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region's vulnerable people, especially the children, he ignores the warnings of more experienced aide workers and breaks ground for an orphanage where it's most needed. It also happens to be the in the middle of territory controlled by a renegade militia force, the LRA- Lord's Resistance Army, that forces children to become soldiers before they even reach their teens. This explosive tale of a 21st century crusader to whom over a thousand orphans owe their lives was directed by Golden Globe Registered nominated director Marc Forster (Monster's Ball, The Kite Runner) and also stars Michelle Monaghan (Source Code), Kathy Baker (Cold Mountain), Madeline Carroll (Mr. Popper's Penguins) and Academy Award Registered nominee Michael Shannon (Supporting Actor 2008 Revolutionary Road).
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Ratings and Reviews
Gruesome redemption tale made tedious by oversimplification.