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Analysis Date: July 18, 2003
CAP Score: 14 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 7.03
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(2003), R -- what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Bay Films, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Distribution (US): Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Special Effects: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Director(s): Michael Bay
Producer(s): Jerry Bruckheimer, Matthew Cohan, Don Ferrarone, Chad Oman, Pat Sandston, Don Simpson, Mike Stenson, Barry H. Waldman
Written by/Screenplay: Story/Characters: George Gallo, John Lee Hancock, Todd Robinson, Ron Shelton, Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley. Screenplay: Ron Shelton, Jerry Stahl, Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley
Cinematography/Camera: Amir M. Mokri
Music: Mary J. Blige,Foxy Brown, Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Beyoncé Knowles, Lenny Kravitz, Murphy Lee, Paul Linford, Trevor Morris, Nelly, Trevor Rabin, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, The Notorious B.I.G.
Film Editing: Roger Barton, Mark Goldblatt, Tom Muldoon
Casting: Kerry Barden, Billy Hopkins, Suzanne Smith
Production Design: Dominic Watkins
Art Direction: J. Mark Harrington, David Lazan, Brad Ricker
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are L.A. cops battling the vicious Cuban drug lord, Johnny Tapia who is trying to flood the Eastern seaboard with Ecstasy. Through it all, Burnett threatens to get reassigned from being Lowrey's partner because of all the bullets and dead bodies wherever they have been. This film must be a measure of the impression filmmakers have about how desensitized we have become to carnage and violence and how much more it takes in each new exposure to satisfy us: an attempt to give us the fix we want after having been overdosed so many times by extremes. Indeed, we have been drugged by exponentially more severe extremes for so long that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible. Except to God [Ps. 12:8]. The filmmakers even had the drug crowd immersed in Ku Klux Klan affairs. After a little while of attempts at character building, that is essentially where the show starts -- with Lowrey and Burnett battling the druggies as KKK members while singing "Bad bays. Bad boys. Whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when we come for you."
The plot is so formula that you have seen enough of it in the trailers that there is little I could spoil herein. So, I won't. But I will tell you of some issues that make this film about as putrid as it can be a final score of 14 and an Influence Density of 7.03!). Though some high power performers are employed, no performer can fully show his mettle with no more than kill-cuss, kill-cuss, kill-cuss.
There are 329 instances of unacceptable language in this 142-minute flick. That is about 2.3 examples of verbal impudence per minute. One hundred thirty nine of them were the most foul of the foul words and 15 were God's name in vain, seven with the four letter expletive.. I'll bet the underage kids in the audience know how to cuss now -- and will. [Luke 17:2, Prov. 22:11, Col. 3:8]
There were at least 41 killings of some kind or another. [Nahum 3:1] Either by police action or murder by gunfire, explosion and falling. I am 100% certain there were more but 41 is all I could keep up with. Some of the deaths were with unequaled graphic display. Some of the most graphic display of gunfire killing of unequaled detail is seen as a bullet in slow motion hits the victim's forehead with subsequent splatter of blood and flesh. Midday mayhem on the highway topped even that in 2 Fast, 2 Furious
Creativity is as extreme as vulgarity. The writers had the film's drug lord shipping illegal drugs inside of cadavers. The writers also had the cadavers being strewn on a busy street, rolled under cars and splattered here and there. They also had Lowrey cutting open dead bodies and manually searching the abdominal cavity for illegal drugs.
Sexual content was as thick. An example of the caliber of this film is found in the presentation of two CGI rats copulating, prone, one atop the other with "They do it like we do!" from Lawrence. Wouldn't put that in the trailers/previews, would they? If anyone is wondering why I, as a Christian, bother with analyzing R-rated films, see our FAQs, item number five. [1 Thess. 4:2 - 5]
Though an entirely subjective comment, there is little entertainment value to this 2.5 hours of murder madness. I will leave the itemization of the ignominious content of the show to the Findings/Scoring section. And if you are seriously here to get information to determine whether this film is acceptable to your family, please at least read the l-o-n-g listing in the Finings/Scoring section first.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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 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.|