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(2005), PG-13 [PG-13*] (2hr 12min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
June 13, 2005
57 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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

(2005), PG-13 [PG-13*] -- A very violent and drug-riddled PG-13 film but is not a "R-13."

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Warner Bros., Di Bonaventura Pictures, Syncopy
Distribution (US): Warner Bros.
Director(s): Christopher Nolan
Producer(s): Larry J. Franco, Benjamin Melniker, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Cheryl A. Tkach, Michael E. Uslan
Characters: Bob Kane
Story: David S. Goyer
Screenplay: Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer
Cinematography/Camera: Wally Pfister
Music: Ramin Djawadi, James Newton Howard, Mel Wesson, Hans Zimmer, Muslimgauze
Film Editing: Lee Smith
Casting: John Papsidera, Lucinda Syson
Production Design: Nathan Crowley
Art Direction: Peter Francis, Stuart Kearns, Paul Kirby, Simon Lamont, Steven Lawrence, David Lee, Patrick Lumb, Shane Valentino, Su Whitaker
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

While Batman Begins earned an influence density (ID) figure of 1.08 which places it in the range of influence densities earned by R-rated films (0.89 to 2.04, the higher the figure the more dense the assaults on morality), Batman Begins earned a a final score of 57 out of 100 which places it near the bottom of the range of scores earned by PG-13 films (67 to 55 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database of movies, three points up from the top of the scoring range earned by R-rated films (54 and below out of 100). A very violent and drug-riddled PG-13 film but is not a "R-13."

Though heavy on violence and drug-related matters, Batman Begins was delightfully lite on sexual matters. The only sexually oriented matters noted were one instance of the use of two women as toys and of Katie Holmes wearing clothing (the filmmakers decide what is worn) which permitted ghosting of anatomy through the clothing. Even the theater owner noticed it. And I imagine every teen boy will notice it. [Eph. 4:19] If such a display is not intended to be sexually oriented, why do other filmmakers use comments of locker room caliber about such a display? [Eph. 5:4]

And there was only one use of God's name in vain. Though it was without the four letter expletive, it was still using God's name in vain. [Deut. 5:11] In addition, a character coached another to seek revenge, violence was used to gain revenge [Rom. 12:19] and one character called another a fool. [Matt. 5:22]

If Batman Begins is played through a curse filter on your home DVD/VHS to eliminate the 11 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, its Impudence/Hate score will increase from 65 out of 100 for the big screen version up to 92 filtered. [Eph. 4:29, 2 Tim. 2:16]

Unfortunately, there is no filter available to the average home viewer that would filter out the plethora of references to drug use, forced druggings and other drug/alcohol-related elements of this film. Nor would any known filter available to the home viewer eliminate the gunfire murders.

Find your old bat utility belt in the closet and don your bat ears. No, it is not Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer or George Clooney. It is the more stylized Christian Bale who brings Batman to the big screen this time.

True to the original DC Comics, 8 year old Batman (Gus Lewis) witnesses the murder of his rich parents, Dr. Thomas Wayne (Linus Roache) and Martha (Sara Stewart) after they exit an opera through the back door. Young Bruce had a bad experience with bats after he, accompanied by young Rachel Dawes (Emma Lockhart) on a mischief escapade on the Wayne Manor grounds, fell into a cave where bats "attacked" him and the scenes in the opera made him relive his terror with bats.

Still without resolution (maybe that should be spelled r-e-v-e-n-g-e) regarding the murder of his parents, Bruce dumped Princeton, ended up in prison. After being rescued by Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson) Bruce trekked to the distant Himalayas with a small blue flower in-hand to train with the ninja-like League of Shadows under Ra's Al Ghul (Ken Watanabe) and Ducard, a nasty pair indeed.

Seven years later, Bruce returned to Gotham City to find it had decayed into complete criminal rule at the hands of Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson). The family butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine) told Bruce who had been "missing" for seven years, that Bruce had been declared dead. Wayne Enterprises, which had built the city up by helping the working class, had fallen into the selfish hands of the evil CEO, Richard Earle (Rutger Hauer). Determined to restore the once grand ethics of a noble city, Bruce started his world famous life as the caped crusading crime fighter.

Feeling obligated, Earle gave Bruce a token job in the company. Soon Bruce is paired up with Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), a company scientist who had been part of the development of a machine that was to be used as a dastardly weapon to vaporize the entire water supply of Gotham city which had been tainted by Dr. Jonathan Crane - The Scarecrow - (Cillian Murphy) with a drug that would make servants of the entire Gotham city population. Bruce enlisted the scientific aid of the professionally beaten and abused Fox and amassed an arsenal of Fox's creations to become the Batman we know.

Bruce also enlisted the aid of the only honest cop in town, Sgt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman) who, toward the end of the show, became Lt. Gordon, the early version of Commissioner Gordon. Rachel, who became the Assistant DA, provided as much integrity among a licentious population as Gordon.

There is a lot more that could be told about this film. But to do so before it has even played for the first time would be spoiling too much of it for the sake of this Summary/Commentary. Being a sci-fi fan, I could almost recommend this film as a great Saturday night popcorn flick but the 11 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary and a few other issues prevent me from doing so. You decide. Please rely on the listing in the Findings/Scoring section to decide whether Batman Begins is fit for your family.


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  • Eph. 4:19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. ["Lasciviousness" means, among other things, shamelessness. "Shameless" means a sense of having done nothing wrong as in Prov. 30:20 "This is the way of an adulteress: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.'" Remember, intention is a great part of whether a deed is sinful or not.]
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • 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 an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Rom. 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment [trial, sentence]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.
  • Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want 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 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 you], 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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] 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 - 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. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • 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 heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    Batman Begins (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • prison yard brawl for dominance
  • fighting, some intense
  • firearm threat
  • martial arts training violence
  • firearms for offense, repeatedly
  • beating, repeatedly
  • fearsome flashbacks
  • sword fighting, repeatedly
  • death by falling burning roof timbers
  • massive destruction by explosion
  • corrupt police, repeatedly
  • corrupt judge
  • action violence, repeatedly, some intense
  • planning murder
  • abduction, repeatedly
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly, frequent
  • assault, repeatedly
  • multiple beatings, repeatedly
  • stalking to kill
  • petty theft
  • arson, including to cover up
  • attempted murder by incineration
  • terror imagery, repeatedly
  • reckless driving with property damage to avoid lawful arrest plus additional reckless driving with endangerment
  • riotous behavior
  • murderous panic
  • threat with blade

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 11 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • injury from mischief
  • requiring murder as condition of membership
  • self-appointed judge and jury

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • women as toys
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • bar scenes, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drunkenness
  • drug dealing
  • forced drugging, repeatedly
  • drug smuggling
  • drug manufacturing
  • drug-induced demonic imagery

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive.
  • coaching to seek revenge
  • calling another a fool
  • the use of violence to gain revenge

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • gunfire murder, repeatedly but none with gore

  • First Impressions and

    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.

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