Now the reason for the open paragraph is this could be down to the whole reason of me not liking the film too much, in fact I checked my clock on my phone twice inside the 1st hour, which is a record for me. The reason i did this, was because i didn't see a point/meaning to the film for the 1st hour - hour and half and with a meaning to the story i find it hard to concentrate, i finally got the meaning after a hour and half of the film, which after that point i started to like the film.
The film tells the life story of Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) after he gets out of jail. A quick review of the plot is that a bike gets released from jail. The man is a right bastard, who threatens his wife, drinks far too much, does drugs and hangs out with same kind of people. One night he kills a man who was threaten to kill his friend. This leaves him into a state of mind where he knows he must change so he finds god. After a tornado hits his town, he get rich by setting up his own building business. After his business has taken off he decides to but his building skills to use in Africa for a few weeks. While there he take a trip into Sudan where he see homeless kids leaving in fear and getting killed. This starts him to build an orphanage for the children.
What i just describe to you in 6 and bit lines is the 1st hour and half of the film. Looking back now i can see the reason for the overall long build up and this is because the film makers are trying to say it doesn't matter how bad you have been in your life, if you find god you can become a better person. Still i thought it was far too long and could have been done in half the time.
The late half of the film is where the film takes off and gets interesting and without giving to much away, he shows the path of Childers takes in Africa from originally just wanting to help the children by building an orphanage, to becoming a freedom fighter to help protect them.
Butler was conversing enough, to make believe he was a con going on the right path. The supporting cast, of his wife, Lynn Childers (Michelle Monaghan as a former stripper, who found the lord, was an average character, who was mainly there 1st to show how badly her husband treated her and then to show him to the path of the lord.
While the film was an interesting story, I am not sure how much of the true story is actually true, the film could have been 20-30 minutes shorter, if this was so i would have been as bored in the 1st half, but the 2nd half saved it.
My rating of the film would be 2.5/5