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Bone Collector (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 36
CAP Influence Density: 2.23
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*Bone Collector* (R) -- shades of *Ironsides*, but not nearly as wholesome.

*Bone Collector* was a well-made flowing suspense thriller with quality acting, opulent choreography plus an ingenious plot -- a handsome show indeed fortifying the intellect of the open-minded and enlightened viewer encouraging thoughtful reassessment of whether language and other behavior once considered aberrant should now be embraced as the norm in view of the more tolerant society we should be, thereby encouraging modern questioning of the need for traditional behavioral skills which, by the way, no longer apply to contemporary behavior since we, as a people, have matured beyond the suffocating values and ethics of a culture of 2000 years ago...

...if you are not wearing the Armor.

I hope a point has been made in the above paragraph-long sentence. *Bone Collector* presented a heavy load of ignominy buried in a consuming tour of excitement and stimulation. So sad, too. This could have been a really good thriller. Denzel Washington was portrayed as a forensics genius who saw the same genius in a foot cop. Together, they cracked a series of murders which mimicked a turn-of-the-century novel. Even the movies portray how people are influenced by entertainment. Why is it so hard for so many to accept that the influence of the entertainment industry is so vast and deep that only other entity that engulfs our kids more than the entertainment industry is air? And for the adversarial readers, please don't try to use "It was an R movie. Kids should not be there." Michael Carneal (Paducah, KY HS shooter) saw *The Basketball Diaries* (R) at age 14. There were 6 or 7 year old kids watching *House on Haunted Hill*. There were 8 or 9 year olds watching *South Park: BLU*. There was a 2 or 3 year old watching an R-rated movie (I cannot remember the title) who started crying when the onscreen married couple started screaming obscenities at each other. I could go on, but I won't.

The score of both Wanton Violence/Crime (which includes gore) and Impudence/Hate (which includes foul language) were off the scale. The analysis model equations had to be modified to accommodate the overflow. The Sex/Homosexuality content of *Bone Collector* was mathematically equivalent to PG movies of 1995 and 1996. The Drugs/Alcohol content was mathematically equivalent to G-rated movies of that period, But the Offense to God score was well below the threshold of R-rated movies of 1995 to 1996, and entirely because of the use of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive. Murder/Suicide also fell well below the threshold score for R-rated movies of that period.

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full assessment of this movie. This is not possibble. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: The Bone Collector (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • skeletal remains of humans
  • dead bodies with and without amputations, some with flesh removed
  • crushing injury imagery - crippling
  • abductions, one of a child
  • firearms and firearm threats
  • buried murder victim with face showing through gravel
  • beating victim with injuries
  • graphic steam murder victim repeatedly shown
  • graphic injuries with blood
  • monkey figure in hangman's noose for effect
  • story of daughter finding father's suicide body
  • beating (unseen but with blood)
  • knife threats
  • knife attack/slashing
  • repeated scenes of slash murder victim's body with impalements
  • repeated scenes of rats eating flesh of dead victim's body
  • graphic medical seizures
  • attempted drowning murder of a child
  • brutalization
  • mouth-to-throat attack
  • gunfire death
  • threats to kill

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 15 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 38 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • criminal and/or substandard police activity

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • morning scene of nude (covered) man in bed with woman in room; cohabitation
  • man wearing only a towel
  • vulgar reference to male anatomy
  • sex talk
  • lesbian pair in bar
  • sexual painting on a necktie as a gift

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • request for booze while in hospital bed
  • drinking to relieve stress
  • bar/booze

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 12 uses of God's name in vain, 5 of them with the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • at least 7 murders, some very graphic

  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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