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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] (125.1min)

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] ... Another way to spell "PG-13" is s-e-x.

Production (US): Columbia Pictures, Relativity Media, Centropolis Entertainment, Studio Babelsberg
Distribution (US): Sony Home Entertainment
Director(s): Ronald Emmerich
Producer(s): Ronald Emmerich, Larry Franco, Robert Leger, Volker Engel, Marc Weigert, John Orloff, Kristin Winkler, Charlie Woebcken, Christopher Fisser, Henning Molfenter
Written by: John Orloff
Cinematography/Camera: Anna Foerster
Music: Thomas Wander, Harald Kloser
Film Editing: Peter R. Adam
Casting: Leo Davis, Lissy Holm
Production Design: Sebastian Krawinkel
Art Direction: Stephen Cessler
Viewed on Sony Home Entertainment DVD

This movie is one which proves I have no mettle as a film or theater critic. I have never appreciated Shakespeare and likely never will. I have never read Romeo and Juliet nor King Lear or any of the other works of William Shakespeare ... or the Earl of Oxford ... or Ben Jonson ... this film supposes all the works of Shakespeare were not by Shakespeare: that he was a fraud.

Fortunately, little does that matter to this service we provide. It matters not to the CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) who wrote about the sexual and other improprieties and other assaults on morality and wholesome ethics or who put them onscreen or why. This issue is explained in the text of the link attached to the BEFORE Your read On ... image above this Summary/Commentary section. It explains that we do not miss the "moving message" or "warmness" of a movie. It explains that we ignore them regarding the analysis model since they do not excuse sin in and as entertainment; that "the actual CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up 'messages' to excuse, to manufacture justification for, or to camouflage assaults on morality and decency, aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. A noble destination does not excuse an ignoble path." To better understand what it is we do I implore you to read the text of the link attached to the BEFORE You Read On... image. We are not a movie "review" service. We tell you, mom/dad, the truth about the content of entertainment that you might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision whether a work of entertainment is fit.

Edward De Vere, the Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans) had more to say about the influence of entertainment than the writers likely realized. He said about attendance to plays "Ten thousand souls, all listening to the writings, the ideas of one man. That's power, Essex." Sounds to me as though this character was fulfilling Romans 5:19 which warns that the sins of one man will make sinners of many.

One of the bad guys, I think it was Robert Cecil (Edward Hogg) rather eloquently put into concept that which we have been preaching for years: "Plays are the work of the devil, born from a cesspool of plague, whoredom, thievery, fornication and heresy." Now replace "plays" with "movies." Sounds a lot like the content in much of modern entertainment, doesn't it? That is if you look at the content of most movies objectively.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Fortunately there aren't splashes of blood and body parts bouncing around. But there is violence. Lots of it such as killing of helpless wounded soldiers, sword impalements and many deaths by military action. There is far too much violence in this film to try to summarize it all here. I ask that you inspect the listing in the Findings section for a full accounting of the violence content.

It would seem appropriate to mention here God's Word about the properties of violence: that violence can be "catching"; that it can lead one into "the path that is not good." God explains this in Proverb 16:29. Strange as it may seem, man has plagiarized God's Word about violence by four professional public health agencies publishing findings that reveal viewing violence in and as entertainment can, among other things, lead the observer, especially youth, to real life violence; that viewing violence can lead the observer to believe violence is an acceptable way to settle conflict.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 73 out of 100
There are four uses of profanity in the 125.1 minutes of this film. [Matt. 12:36] Note that a number of uses of the term for illegitimate son are used but not as an expletive or term of reproach but rather in keeping with the actual definition of the word. Additional matters of impudence and/or hate include a dog/bear fight for sport, ordering to deceive and deception for money, coaching to lie and a tantrum for "love."

Sexual Immorality (S) - 25 out of 100
Another way to spell "PG-13" is s-e-x. Or i-n-t-e-r-c-o-u-r-s-e. Anonymous is no exception. [Hebr. 13:4] Because of the extent of line items of sexually immoral behaviors in this film I ask you to inspect the listing in the Findings section as with the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area findings.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
Drinking. Drunkenness. And a lot of them. Maybe people drank that way then. And maybe some do now. Whether true, such behavior in and as entertainment does not excuse influencing others, especially the youth, to do likewise. That drinking and drunkenness in and as entertainment influences our youthful moviegoers is not a blind claim, accusation or suspicion. The American College of Physicians (ACP) found in 2002 that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The report entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions. [Eph. 5:18]

    There is nothing to say that viewing smoking in and as entertainment does not carry the same danger of influence as viewing drinking. Actually, the same matter of behavior implantation applies to any behavior demonstrated in and as entertainment, including good behavior.

    Offense to God (O) - 63 out of 100
    God's name is abused eight times though each is without the four letter expletive ... not that without the four letter expletive excuses abuse of His name. [Deut. 5:11] But probably the most abuse of faith in Him was when the young Queen Elizabeth said about plays "If plays are indeed such a sin, I pray that I do not find my Salvation until very late in life."

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    While there are several killings in this film as noted in the Wanton Violence/Crime listing in the Findings section, none were by murder. They were each by defensive action or military action. Only actual murder is incorporated into this investigation area. Deaths by defensive action, police action or war/military action are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime content investigation area.



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  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Matt. 12:36 (KJV) But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (NIV) But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.
  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure [which includes before AND during marriage AND gender], for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. [Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.]
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title even if as a euphemism. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Anonymous (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • pursuit violence
  • arrest violence
  • physical brutality, repeatedly
  • spitting up blood from assault
  • planning overthrow
  • planning murder
  • sword impalement killing
  • stage battle violence
  • staged murder, twice
  • extortion for gain, repeatedly
  • defensive gunfire killing
  • sword play, repeatedly
  • defensive sword killing
  • dead body, murder victim
  • dead body, old age, twice
  • military killings, repeatedly
  • beheading, fall of head unseen
  • multiple killings of wounded soldiers

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 73 out of 100
  • four uses of profanity
  • ordered deception
  • gain by deception
  • coaching to lie
  • tantrum for "love"
  • dog/bear fight for sport
  • lie to "protect" self

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 25 out of 100
  • excessive breast exposure, repeatedly
  • make out frenzy
  • man and woman in bed, repeatedly
  • parlance while nude to seduce
  • motions of oral sex on nude man
  • immoral pregnancy, repeatedly
  • crude term
  • intercourse under blanket
  • another intercourse
  • flash rear male nudity
  • poem of sexual behavior
  • continuing story of sexually immoral behaviors
  • prostitutes
  • tale of multiple pregnancies by immoral sex

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
  • drinking, frequent
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • "I need a drink"

    Offense to God (O) - 63 out of 100
  • eight abuses of God's name
  • "Fool!", twice
  • "If plays are indeed such a sin, I pray that I do not find my Salvation until very late in life."
  • stage witchcraft

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    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 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.

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