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(2011), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (1hr 51min)

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June 15, 2011
June 16, 2011

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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 [Hard R-13*] -- the aliens could have been the Japanese, North Koreans, Iraqis ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Columbia Pictures, Relativity Media, Original Film, Legion Entertainment
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director(s): Jonathan Liebesman
Producer(s): Jeffrey Chernov, Samuel Dickerman, David Greenblatt, Ori Marmur, Neal H. Moritz, Lisa Rodgers
Written by: Chris Bertolini
Cinematography/Camera: Lukas Ettlin
Music: Brian Tyler
Film Editing: Christian Wagner
Casting: Debra Zane
Production Design: Peter Wenham
Art Direction: Andrew Neskoromny
Viewed on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD

I am disappointed. Battle: Los Angeles is little more than a war movie with occasional footage of aliens. It presents a well-made story with strong linkage between subplots and solid character and story development within the limitations of time available, but one might expect a healthy viewing of the aliens in a movie about alien invasion. I doubt that 5% of the screen time had anything to do with "alien." All in all this film could be seen as little more than a war film and the aliens could have been the Japanese, North Koreans, Iraqis or any other wartime enemy.

Please note, however, that this film is not your typical John-Wayne-storming-the-beach war movie. It is intense and graphic at times. And pathetic with profanity throughout.

The coastal waters of Los Angeles, along with 20 other large cities, were bombarded with meteors. At least they were thought to be meteors until the "meteors" slowed down just before impact. From the churning waters arose things not of this earth: things bent on eradicating human life. Why? I will not spoil the "why" just in case you decide to rent this video (or watch it on the FX Network in 2013) in spite of the content we reveal about it.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Rated PG-13 for "... sustained and intense sequences of war violence and destruction..." At least the MPAA got that part right. But "right" for 13 year olds? NOT! It is hard enough to combat the violence now too often exhibited by youth without feeding their already meager coping skills with more violence. Yes, "viewing violence may lead to real life violence." Not only does man sat that, God says that. [Prov. 16:29] God warns that violence is "catching." But God told us that 2000 years before man decided to plagiarize His Word. I have not seen a better example of "R" violence than this film. And I have seen more than 1300 films. With a Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area score of zero out of 100, the violence content of this film is definitely R-equivalent. There is not so much human gore or blood but there is so much of other forms of violence that the magnitude or envelope of violence is so huge as to be as great an influence as if blood and gore were included. See our CAP Rule of 1000 publication for more information about this technique of loading the content of movies.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Rated PG-13 "for ... language." Do tell. I guess it is okay with the MPAA that your 13 year olds listen to 120 uses of profanity in 111 minutes, more than two per minute (64.9 per hour). Far more than most R-rated films. Maybe some expect Marines and other soldiers in the middle of heated combat to talk that way but neither does being a soldier or being in combat trump God's Word. And never will. We will all accept that One Day. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 5:4, Eph. 4:29] Maybe some or even most kids talk that way in school. Well! Why do you think they do? Maybe mom/dad talk that way at home? If so, then Luke 17:2 comes into play. And so does Matt. 25:40. While the familial influence is yet the strongest influence on the planet, the only exofamilial entity on the Earth that more deeply and intimately saturates our youth than the entertainment industry is air.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 79 out of 100
Nobody gets in bed with anyone. And nobody displays their private parts. But Hollywood's impression of Marines apparently includes crude humor and sexual innuendo. [Eph. 5:4]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 67 out of 100
Again Hollywood feeds our teens with drinking, smoking and drunkenness in and as safe and comfy entertainment. The American College of Physicians ... and God ... advise strongly against emboldening our youth with alcohol and tobacco in and as entertainment.

A 2002 study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The finding 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.

    And God warns of the dangers of alcohol in Eph. 5:18.

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
    Fifteen uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive plus 15 without it. God doesn't like that. He warns of consequences for those who abuse His name. But does Hollywood care? They will. [Deut. 5:11] Whether I say so or not.

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    While killing of our soldiers as an act of war might be considered murder, the CAP analysis model does not include killing as acts of war and lawful police action or defensive killing as murder. There were indeed portrayals of many killings (incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area scoring) but no murders. There was, however, one suicide. A mortally wounded lieutenant manually detonated a bag of C-4 as aliens walked by to lessen the forces against his men (and woman). While a noble act indeed, suicide is suicide and is not something to toy with. Suicide is murder ... murder of the self. Granted, even Jesus told us there is no greater love than for a man to lay down his life for his friends. [John 15:13] But we must be very careful with this concept. The term "lay down" is tithemi {tith'-ay-mee} which includes many things in its definition: things such as to make, to appoint, to kneel down, to wear or carry no longer, to lay aside money, to set forth. To "lose one's life" is not one of them. Note also that "lay down" does not translate to "sacrifice." "Sacrifice" translates to "victim", "to kill", "to slaughter" and "offering." So, "lay down" may mean just the act itself of risking or offering up one's life without losing it. Please be very careful with that verse. It is truly a noble thing of love to give of one's self for others -- to offer one's life -- but I am not so sure one must die because of it. We are not Jesus. And giving up of our lives for others as He did for us would not be the same. Understand that Jesus did not say in that verse "be killed for his friends." I may be mincing words in this blog but suicide is the most final fatal mortal act one can do. With suicide there is no second chance, no changing the mind. None.


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  • 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 "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 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. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.] o C ol. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Eph. 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
  • 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.
  • Deut. 5:11 You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. [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 responsible discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. 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.]
  • John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

    ***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 [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 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.
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    Battle: Los Angeles (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • battle scenes, military maneuvers, death, destruction - frequent, sustained
  • intense attacks on civilian population
  • heavy military armament
  • graphic body scenes
  • tale of mass human executions
  • alien gore, repeatedly
  • bloody injuries, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 120 uses of profanity

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 79 out of 100
  • anatomical reference, repeatedly
  • talk about a man's sexual history
  • innuendo re: intercourse, twice
  • vulgar innuendo re: oral sex

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 67 out of 100
  • drinking, multiple
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • 15 abuses of God's name with the four letter expletive, 15 without it

    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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