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(2004), PG-13 -- ... I may have missed an issue or two ......
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Universal Pictures, Hypnotic, Ludlum Entertainment
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures
Director(s): Paul Greengrass
Producer(s): Patrick Crowley, Matt Jackson, Doug Liman, Frank Marshall, Henning Molfenter, Henry Morrison, Colin J. O'Hara, Paul Sandberg, Andrew R. Tennenbaum
Novel: Robert Ludlum
Screeplay: Tony Gilroy
Cinematography/Camera: Oliver Wood
Music: John Powell
Film Editing: Richard Pearson, Christopher Rouse
Casting: John Hubbard, Joseph Middleton
Production Design: Dominic Watkins
Art Direction: Philip Elton, Gary Freeman, Sarah Horton, Sebastian T. Krawinkel, Aradhana Seth
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Please understand that I may have missed a few things while viewing this film. Just hours before viewing the film four things happened that made concentration most difficult. First, at 9:00 AM that morning was the adoption judge approved our adoption of Melody Caitlyn. Second was only three hours sleep the night before. The third and fourth were bad financial news ... from two separate fronts. So, I may have missed an issue or two of assault on morality and decency in this film. Even if I did, if you have not seen the film this report is still useful. You will know more about the content of the film. Besides, if any missed points were incorporated the scoring would be lower and the listing of issues of ignominy would be longer.
This is not a "Bourne again" film or a "re-Bourne film." It is a "Bourne all over again" film. More of the same as in The Bourne Identity of 2002 but at different locations with different faces. More espionage and more government corruption. And more killing.
Still amnesiac Jason "James Bond" Bourne (Matt Damon), a member of a CIA decommissioned assassin squad, is accused of killing someone he was not supposed to kill. Bourne now fights in the reactionary mode to save his own life while explosions of memory pieces invade his attitude as well as abilities. Not all the pieces of memory that return are welcome.
In more action than acting, from the sizzling beaches of India to the snow-covered streets of Moscow, Bourne treks to find those responsible for his trouble and even the score. The story opened with Bourne cohabitating [Hebr. 13:4] with his girlfriend from The Bourne Identity, Marie (Franka Potente) when their laid-back existence was riled by a would-be assassin, Kirill (Karl Urban). Kirill was trying to kill Bourne but instead killed Marie. Bourne had been framed for killing a CIA agent in Berlin to cover up the theft of $20 million CIA seed money by agents within the CIA. From that point, Bourne launched every fiber of training and experience he had to get revenge. [Rom. 12:19, Luke 6:29]
Several notables are involved in the mission to get Bourne. Pamela Landy (Joan Allen), Bourne's old boss, is queen bee of the team assembled to kill Bourne. Aiding in the search was expert spy, Ward Abbott (Brian Cox) who is a key factor in the frame=up and theft of CIA money if you decide to watch this thriller. Julia Stiles appears for a while as Nicki, a psychological counselor to applied emotional band-aides to the mental battle scars of the earlier assassin squad. Nicki supplied some character details about Bourne no one else would know.
As with other original-sequel pairs of films we try to provide you with a comparative of the sequel to the original to help you decide whether the sequel is morally watchable just in case you have seen the original. Following is the comparative data display for the Bourne pair.
By the comparative scoring display above, The Bourne Supremacy is as severe as The Bourne Identity in violence/crime [Ps. 7:16, Prov. 3:31-32, Prov. 10:23] but is not as severe as it in any of the other five CAP investigation areas. In fact, The Bourne Supremacy was a little more violent than The Bourne Identity as noted by comparing the Examples per Hour figures in Wanton Violence/Crime for each film. The Examples per Hour figures become useful especially in such cases as original-sequel pairs when both of the films earn a zero score in one or more of the investigation areas. Though there were more examples of violence in The Bourne Supremacy, the film was a little less dense in total assaults on morality and decency than The Bourne Identity as shown by the difference between the CAP ID scores for each film.
The final score of 66 of The Bourne Supremacy clearly indicates a film of lesser total severity than The Bourne Identity but still severe enough to warrant your close inspection of the listing in the Findings/Scoring section of this report before making your own informed decision whether it is fit for your family. The score of 66 places The Bourne Supremacy squarely at the top of the scoring range earned by PG-13 movies (55 to 67 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database.
The only noted issues of sexual immorality were cohabitation and dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure (which was not nearly as revealing as the "S&M" outfit in Catwoman). [Col. 2:20 - 23] And there was only one instance of drinking alcoholic beverages and no instances found of smoking tobacco or drugs. There was one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and one without [Deut. 5:11] and one use of the most foul of the foul words and only six uses of other examples of the three/four letter word vocabulary. [Col. 3:8] And that is a foul language distribution most atypical of the trend of PG-13 movies. [Ps. 12:8 (See our R-13 http://www.capalert.com/r-13,htm)] The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will provide all that was noted.
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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)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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 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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