ChildCare Action Project:
Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP)
Entertainment Media Analysis Report
Blown Away (1994)
CAP Score: 52
CAP ID: 0.97
Thomas A. Carder
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Blown Away was a violent movie about a psychopathic bomber bent on killing police. The bomber had no conscience about how many non-police people were killed as well.
In such a movie, one would expect the Wanton Violence/Crime score to be very low but the frequency of violence/crime was not as severe as would be expected. The most serious loss of points was due to foul language under Impunity/Hate, about one example every 5 and a half minutes. Unacceptable material was present in Sex/Homosexuality but not as severe as many other R-rated movies -- nudity was not found. Drugs/Alcohol lost poiints due to portrayal of the use of beer as an agent to calm fear and worry, thus making it appear as acceptable and even desirable. Offense to God lost points soley due to the use of God's name in vain with the three/four letter word vocabulary. Murder/Suicide was unacceptable due to graphic presentation of murder and the aftermath of suicide.
The usual smattering of sexual innuendo and foul language beyond the use of God's name in vain were present as was lying to take glory and credit and to withhold truth. Masked nudity gave a clear impression to the viewer of what was "really there." One instance of unacceptable material was noted in the portrayal of a police officer placing his head between the legs of a seated woman in the name of bomb disposal. Since this was a fiction movie, it seems to me that this positioning was intended as sexually-oriented material rather than a technique essential to bomb disposal.
The ChildCare Action Project findings for Blown Away are as follows.
Blown Away was truly an R-rated movie with at least 50% of the movie being R-rated material.
Below is the table showing the scoring in each of the Investigation Areas plus the Final Score drawn from the actual CAP Report. In addition, the number of examples per hour of unacceptable material in each of the Investigation Areas is provided.
Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."
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