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(2012), PG-13 [R-13*] (119.5min)

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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.

(2012), PG-13 [R-13*] ... we said "no" in a way they could understand

Production (US): Universal Studios, Hasbro, Bluegrass No. 93 Films / Film 44
Distribution (US): Universal Studios
Director(s): Peter Berg
Producer(s): Brian Goldner, Scott Stuber, Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey, Duncan Henderson, Bennett Schneir, Jonathan Mone. Braden Aftergood
Written by: Jon Heber, Erich Hoeber
Based on the Hasbro game Battleship
Cinematography/Camera: Tobias Schkiessler
Music: Steve Jablonsky
Film Editing: Colby Parker, Billy Rich, Paul Bubell
Casting: Linda Lowy, John Brace
Production Design: Neil Spisak
Viewed on Sony Studios Home Entertainment DVD

Once you've answered phone calls from hostile telemarketers, they know they have your phone number right. You can then expect them to invade your time without let up no matter how you say "no." In the case of Battleship, it is hostile aliens from Planet G who invade. Once we contacted them they knew where we lived and they wouldn't let up ... until we said "no" in a way they could understand - with battleships. First with the USS John Paul Jones then with a 70 year old battleship, the "Big Mo", the "mothballed" Battleship Missouri.

In 2005 scientists found an Earthlike planet they called Planet G. The next year NASA created a radio transmitter five times as powerful as any other. The government implemented the Beacon Project to contact the planet. Every 24 hours the Beacon Project station in Hawaii transmits a signal to Planet G via the deep orbiting Landsat 7 satellite. And it worked. Just like telemarketers, once the aliens knew we were here they invaded us ... brutally.

We are introduced to the central performers in a bar: low-functioning but high potential Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch), his high-achieving older brother Stone (Alexander Skarsgärd) and Sam (Brooklyn Decker). Stone gives Alex an ultimatum to call a friend about a construction job or join the Navy with him. Stone is a Commander in the Navy. So guess where Alex ends up?

After achieving the rank of Lieutenant Alex and after several minutes of building story characters and plot Alex is a lieutenant in the Navy and is shown in love with Sam whom he met in the bar. Sam is the daughter of Fleet Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson) so Alex decides it would be proper to be traditional and ask Admiral Shane for his daughter's hand in marriage. But cowardice prevents Alex from building up the courage to ask.

So much for a little introductory information. This film, excluding the intro frames and the rolling credits, is 27 seconds short of two hours so to write a more comprehensive Summary/Commentary would take too much space. Besides, if you've seen the previews, you've seen the movie.

This film earned a final score of 47 which places it deep into the realm of R-13 mainly because of violence, profanity and alcohol this film is indeed R-equivalent.


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
The majority of the violence content of this film surrounds action violence in battle with the aliens. Near the start of the film Alex robs a convenience store of a chicken burrito for Sam. Massive destruction and civil chaos top off the violence/crime content.

No matter the form of violence, God warns us that violence is enticing: that it can be "catching"; that it can lead one into the path that is not good. [Prov. 16:29] Further, four professional public health agencies plagiarized God's Word about violence by publishing findings that reveal violence in and as entertainment can, among other things, lead the observer, especially the young, to real life violence and can lead the observer to believe violence is an effective means of settling conflict.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Thirty-eight times someone utters some form of profanity, including two masked uses of the most foul of the foul words. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 4:29] That plus an instance of unsportsmanlike conduct eradicated all the starting 100 points in this content investigation area. Indeed, the area score would be zero without the episode of unsportsmanlike conduct because of the extent of profanity.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 69 out of 100
As with most PG-13 films someone demonstrates sexually immoral conduct of some kind. A recent finding by Dr. Ross O'Hara of the University of Missouri, published by The Patriot Post and written by Rebecca Hagelin, has found that sexually suggestive content in movies profoundly affects the future sexual habits of adolescents so exposed at 12 to 14 years old -- the PG-13 age stratum. I have been telling y'all this for over 15 years but does anyone listen to me? Now that Dr. O'Hara has put his genius to the matter, maybe people will start listening?

Sam is seen on top of Alex making out with her in brief clothing. And, as usual, the camera slowly pans down the female in a way to force the viewer on her private parts. That Alex and Sam were planning to get married does not excuse premarital sex. Even if they were married in the film, Kitsch and Decker are not married. Alex is further seen in a bathtub with flash nudity. Also, one of the female sailors named Raikes (Rihanna) is seen slapping Alex on the posterior. [Gal. 5:19]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 53 out of 100
Also as usual for a PG-13 there are bar scenes, booze, drinking and drunkenness. No tobacco but an inescapable amount of alcohol. There is particular danger in portraying drinking and drunkenness in a film accessible by adolescents, so sayeth the American College of Physicians (ACP).

A 2002 study by the ACP revealed 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]

    Offense to God (O) - 67 out of 100
    There is no respect in this film for the spoken word regarding God's name. His name is abused twice with the four letter expletive and 6 times without it. [Deut. 5:11] The banner above a ship's compass saying "In God We Trust. Others We Track" does not excuse the characters speaking His name in vain.

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 94 out of 100
    While there are a number of defensive/battle killings in this film (incorporated into the scoring by the Wanton Violence/Crime content investigation area), an alien brutally murders two park police officers. Though portrayal of the actual murders are not seen the aftermath of the murders is.



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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 "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.]
  • Col. 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. 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.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • 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 - 20]. 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 - 20 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? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
  • 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 - 10 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down. [The "destroyers form within" do not have to be army warriors. They can be the ones who destroy through corruption of moral standards as well, such as filmmakers who perpetuate desensitization against wholesome standards. They aren't going anywhere, folks. Not until Jesus comes again.]
  • 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. And remember, mom/dad, "little ones" is mikros, meaning less by birth; younger. All of your children are younger than you and less by birth than you. So, "little ones" includes 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 objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Battleship (2012) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • unarmed breaking and entering to commit robbery
  • unarmed robbery
  • flight to elude
  • causing property damage in traffic
  • police action violence
  • action and alien violence of varying intensities, frequent
  • pilot death by crash
  • multiple injuries
  • massive destruction, repeatedly
  • civil chaos

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 38 uses of profanity plus two uses of masked most foul of the foul words
  • unsportsmanlike conduct with injury

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 69 out of 100
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • rude gaze
  • man in a bathtub
  • brief male nudity
  • man in towel only
  • inappropriate touch, female to male
  • woman on man prone making out
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 53 out of 100
  • booze, repeatedly
  • bar, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O) - 67 out of 100
  • two abuses of God's name with the four letter expletive and 6 without it

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 94 out of 100
  • murder of two humans by an alien

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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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