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Bad Company (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: June 14, 2002
CAP Score: 40
CAP Influence Density: 1.55
BAD COMPANY (PG-13) -- ...an example of the "bad company" God's speaks to in 1 Cor. 15:33.
Distributed by: Touchstone Pictures
Director(s): Joel Schumacher
Producer(s): Kenny Bates, Michael Browning, Jerry Bruckheimer, Gary Goodman, David Minkowski, Chad Oman, Eli Richbourg, Pat Sandston, Lary Simpson, Matthew Stillman, Clayton Townsend
Written by/Screenplay: Story: Gary Goodman, David Himmelstein. Screenplay: Jason Richman,Michael Browning
Cinematography/Camera: Dariusz Wolski
Music: Paul Linford, Trevor Rabin
Film Editing: Mark Goldblatt
Casting: Victoria Thomas
Production Design: Jan Roelfs
Art Direction: Alan Gilmore, W. Steven Graham
Boxart ©Bruckheimer Films/Touchstone Pictures
This is an action/comedy movie about nuclear terrorism in the wake of the May 31 release of Sum of All Fears, another nuclear terrorism movie. Both were made before the 911 tragedy of September, 2001 and both were rescheduled for release a reasonable time after the 911 horrors. I am as sensitive as anyone to the potential of such movies causing to resurface very uncomfortable and even gut-ripping memories of an attack even more devastating than Pearl Harbor, but the filmmakers could not have known what was to happen. I applaud them for waiting until now to release them.
Bad Company is a movie with a number of good laughs, but the acceleration of terrorism of late by malcontent politics and governments envying the greatness of the US may someday make the fantasy terrorism of Bad Company reality with nuclear terrorism in a briefcase. Though even the small Nagasaki/Hiroshima bombs may not be possible from a nuclear device the size of a briefcase, widespread contamination of public facilities, utilities and services with radioactive contamination is possible from a dispersal device the size of a briefcase ... and smaller. Get a copy of my book, Handling of Radiation Accident Patients by Paramedical and Hospital Personnel, 2nd ed.,1993, CRC Press and you may gain a new perspective of radioactive contamination and the effects of exposure to ionizing radiation. Not a "Buck Rogers" perspective but a police/fire/rescue, paramedical/emergency department, emergency services perspective.
Gaylord Oakes (Anthony Hopkins), a CIA operative has nine days to turn Jake Hayes (Chris Rock) into a CIA operative to replace Jake's experienced and professional twin brother who was killed during a CIA operation. Jake's brother was separated from Jake at birth by a well-to-do family and attended "high society" affairs and schools. Jake is a ticket scalper and hustler who said he always skipped the first day of school whose nursing student "woman", Julie (Kerry Washington) is fed up with their relationship going nowhere. Oakes has his work cut out for him to change the sow's ear into a silk purse, passable for the educated and worldly personality expected of a CIA agent, not to mention the skills, not to mention learning all that Jake's brother knew. (I wish I would have caught Jake's brother's name - if it was given).
Jake's brother had established some trust with the sellers of a nuclear bomb built into a small luggage case a little thicker than a brief case. Oakes needed to continue that trust to purchase the bomb from the bad guys to keep it from being bought by unscrupulous entities. But to do that, Oakes has to have Jake's brother with him for the sale. But Jake's brother is dead. What to do!? If Oakes' does not make Jake the clone of his brother in nine days so Oakes can go back to the seller with Jake's brother, the seller will sell the bomb to terrorists who will detonate it in New York City. Twenty million dollars. One million "down" and 19 million upon delivery. The sellers could not care less who came up with the $20 million, as long as they got it.
There is not a whole lot that can be said for Bad Company. It seems to be two high-powered performers of legendary caliber performing a collection of director's notes stapled together. It is also NOT of PG-13 caliber. Bad Company earned a CAP final score of 40 which squarely placed it in the range of scores earned by R-rated movies (54 and below out of 100). Attempts to kill by gunfire were uncountable. Murders [Rev. 21:8, Rev. 22:14-15,], suicide [Deut. 5:17] and a plethora of other issues of violence dragged the Wanton Violence/Crime score of Bad Company to zero [Prov. 3:31-32]. Equally invasive was the foul language - about one per minute of some form of foul language or another [Col. 3:8]. And as any other PG-13, sexual matters were thick: a nude woman behind steamed shower doors (visible to other actors); sexual comments/innuendo; women as sex toys; genital touching and more [See Rev. 22:14-15, Eph. 5:5]. I will leave the full listing of ignominy to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section to reveal how this movie is an example of the "bad company" God's speaks to in 1 Cor. 15:33.
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