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(2006), PG-13 ["Lite" R-13*] (1hr 33min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Alcon Entertainment, Cheyenne Enterprises, Donners' Company, Emmett/Furla Films, Equity Pictures Medienfonds GmbH & Co. KG III, Millennium Films Inc., Nu Image Entertainment GmbH
Distribution (US): Warner zbros.
Director(s): Richard Donner
Written by: Richard Wenk
Cinematography/Camera: Glen MacPherson
Music: Klaus Badelt
Film Editing: Steve Mirkovich
Casting: Robin D. Cook
Production Design: Arvinder Grewal
Art Direction: Brandt Gordon
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Arriving at the station tired and beat from working an all-night case, aging alcoholic NYPD detective Jack Mosley (Bruce Willis) is given 118 minutes -- by 10:00 AM -- to deliver petty criminal and baker wannabe Eddie Bunker (Mos Def), key informant to witness tampering in a Grand Jury extortion, manslaughter and homicide case, from the jailhouse to the courthouse 16 blocks away. If Eddie doesn't make it to court by 10:00 AM, the jury will disband and the case dismissed. All bad guys would then go free.
Sixteen New York blocks in 118 minutes? No problem except a number of corrupt NYPD officers plus what seems to be the entire criminal world, the ones who stand the most to lose if Eddie makes it to court, are out to kill Eddie before he can get to the stand to testify.
Leading the band of corrupt cops out to kill Eddie is Jack's former partner of 20 years, detective Frank Nugent (David Morse). Nugent chases Mosley and Bunker through taxi cabs, unlocked doors, friends' apartments, an ambulance, a city bus and just about anything else that can be found in NYC.
16 Blocks is another R-13, but just barely. With a final score of 54, just one more point would have placed it in the range of scores earned by PG-13 films (55 to 67 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database.
The strongest loss of points is dual. Both Wanton Violence/Crime and Impudence/Hate (foul language) investigation areas found enough assaults on morality and decency to lose all the starting 100 points in each of these two investigation areas. [Prov. 16:29, Prov. 13:2, Prov. 3:31; Col. 3:8]
Next in line for magnitude of point loss was in Drugs/Alcohol due to display of illegal drugs, drinking and booze. I can't point this out strongly enough since both the American College of Physicians (ACP) and even the University of Connecticut have found a link between the use of alcoholic beverages (and smoking) in and as entertainment and abuse of them by the middle school age stratum ... the very target age of this film since it is branded with the PG-13 label. [Eph. 5:18] See the links in the Ephesians 5:18 reference below.
Close to the loss of points due to alcoholic and drug content was the content found by the Offense to God investigation area. While no Satanism, occultism or other such unholy matters were noted, God's name was used in vain several times both with and without the four letter expletive. I guess the MPAA says it is okay for your tweenagers to hear such language in and as entertainment. God disagrees with the MPAA. [Deut. 5:11]
The film earned a pure score of 100 in the Sexual Immorality investigation area. There was not even one sexual innuendo noted let alone any sexually immoral behaviors. That proves that if the filmmakers are good enough the film does not need such content.
While there killings to save another (which were incorporated in Wanton Violence/Crime), there were no murders noted in the entire 93 minutes it took to get 16 blocks.
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(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|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." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of 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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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