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15 Minutes (2001), (R)
CAP Score: 11
CAP Influence Density: 4.20

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NOTE: If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objective and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie


If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

15 MINUTES (R) -- "I love Amerika. No one is responsible for what they do."

Emil (Karel Roden), a Czech and Oleg (Oleg Taktarov), a Russian are movie mad and want to be stars in their own movie. So they make one. One of murder. Oleg films Emil killing people. Several people. And after that, they attempt to get rich by selling the tapes to news media then bask in riches after a short stint in an insane asylum after pleading guilty to temporary insanity. And they blame it all on mom and dad, of course. Just like the news media (a sanitized version of the entertainment industry) consistently insert a pointing at mom/dad for all the schoolyard shootings. "I love Amerika. No one is responsible for what they do." ... "It pays to be a killer in this country." I wonder how many will come out of the woodwork with this one? God KNEW what He was saying when He told us "Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character." [1 Cor. 15:33] When are we going to listen?

And the movie writers and choreographers are extremely good at excruciatingly bitter and vicious programming. Brutalizing and insane butchering were portrayed with sobering depth, thoroughness of logic and attention to detail. "Vile" in vile imagery was given definition in this shooter/slasher/fryer flick which was not just another peanut in the candy bar. Some high wattage talent, Robert DeNiro for one, was used to give undeniable and inescapable influence to the ugliness of this fantasy. Remember. An influence does not have to be real to influence. Part of the presence in this flick even accuses the entertainment industry for making Emil and Oleg the way they are: as if stirring a mixture of truth with lies to excuse the liar, adding as many lies to it as possible and still keep the appearance of truth. God warned us about that, too: "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter [Isa. 5:20].

Yes, among the saturation of violence and evil, there was full female nudity as part of the practice of prostitution [Prov. 23:27-28]. Among the most striking presences was the insane nihilism: the freedom from accountability, freedom from authority, and freedom from consequences so prevalent in the entertainment industry. Roden and Taktarov were exceptionally efficient. There is little point in further describing this flick. The lengthy list of findings in the Findings/Scoring section will tell you enoughabout this clearly gratuitous escapade in insane violence and immorality.


If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ].
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Isa. 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good [includes using lies to make evil appear good] and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
  • Prov. 23:27-28 for a prostitute [female OR male] is a deep pit and a wayward wife [OR husband] is a narrow well. Like a bandit she [OR he] lies in wait, and multiplies the unfaithful among men.

    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: 15 Minutes (2001) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • hateful exchanges
  • theft
  • picture of murder gore
  • firearms
  • threat with knife to throat
  • murder gore
  • assault with knife with intent to rob
  • arson to cover up murder
  • charred murder victims
  • video tape of murders
  • brutalization of a woman
  • bloody nude female murder victim
  • prostitution house
  • attack of a woman
  • threat to kill
  • bloody attack of cop with a bottle
  • episodes of gunfire to kill, some resulting in bloody injury gore
  • abduction with beating
  • firearm to head threats to control, expressing lust for the act
  • arson to kill
  • fire endangerment
  • knife impalement
  • gunfire to control
  • gunfire death due to police action
  • abduction at gunpoint
  • firearm threat mayhem with lives at stake

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 47 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 33 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • "I love Amerika. No one is responsible for what they do."
  • "It pays to be a killer in this country."
  • blaming parents for evil behavior

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • homosexual pair
  • excessive breast exposure
  • homosexual suggestion
  • sexual comments, innuendo, talk
  • adults in towel only
  • prostitution
  • full nudity, female - many episodes
  • vulgar talk
  • dressing to maximize female form and/or skin exposure
  • ghosting of female anatomy through thin clothing
  • gay pair on a billboard

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • drug exchange
  • drinking
  • bar scenes
  • abuse of over-the-counter medications

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 6 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 6 times without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • double slashing murder
  • murder by beating
  • excruciatingly brutal murder sequence
  • double murder by gunfire

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." [Emphasis is mine] And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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