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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 52.9min)

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October 26, 2011
October 27, 2011

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] ... seemed in some ways like a copy.

Production (US): Paramount Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Studios
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment
Director(s): Joe Johnston
Producer(s): Kevin Feige, Louis D'Esposito, Joe Johnston, Nigel, Gostelow, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso
Screenplay: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Cinematography/Camera: Shelly Johnson
Music: Alan Silvestri
Film Editing: Jeffrey Ford, Robert Dalva
Casting: Sarah Halley Finn, Randi Hiller, Priscilla John
Production Design: Rick Heinrichs
Viewed on Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment DVD

"The star spangled man with a plan." In tights. And a machine gun ammo belt draped over his shoulder. That is how Captain America got his start. The movie presents lots of what might be called action dazzle ... but it seemed just a little empty. Of something. Or it seemed in some ways like a copy. Of something. I cannot tell for sure. But then I am not a film critic. I thought I was able to pick up on a number of other action hero shows in it. Rocketeer for one. And that show where Angelina Jolie piloted airships from a floating city. Indiana Jones devices seemed to make appearances as well.

Tommy Lee Jones, one of my favorite actors, was perfectly cast as the hard-nosed Col. Chester Phillips. But giving him the stage first name of 'Chester' seems like a cinematic mistake rather than a name suitable to his big screen history. There is noting wrong with the name "Chester' but it just doesn't fit Jones.

America has entered World War II and so many able-bodied men were signing up to serve their country. Alas, small-of-stature and asthmatic Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), who was longing to serve his country in the war, kept being rejected. But Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) of the Strategic Scientific Reserve decides Steve is perfect for the Project Rebirth which would make him tall and strong ... if successful. Rogers already has the prerequisites of courage and honor. Now he just needs to be physically stronger and more healthy. The Project Rebirth would do that. And could build an army of super humans.

While this facet of the war effort was proceeding, evil Dr. Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving), head of the Nazi's HYDRA research division has found, er, has stolen the most powerful energy source on the planet and has used it to make weapons that would annihilate the allied forces as well as major cities across the globe. Dr. Schmidt had tried Dr. Erskine's special rebirth formula on himself and had become hideous with the skin covering his head shriveled, making his head look like a skull and red in color, hence the Red Skull.

Immediately after the success of Dr. Erskine's Project Rebirth formula on Rogers at creating a super human of him, an agent of HYDRA murdered Dr. Erskine, ending any chances of America making an army of super humans.

Since Col. Phillips was hoping for an army of super soldiers but got one, initially Rogers is used as a propaganda tool to sell war bonds ("each bond bought is a bullet in your best guy's gun"), hence the "the star spangled man with a plan" slogan. But soon, after dancing around in tights and fake punching Hitler more than 200 times across America, Rogers becomes keenly focused on aiding his captured comrades, one of them being his close friend Sgt. James 'Bucky' Barnes (Sebastian Stan). With the aid of Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and against the better judgment of Col. Phillips, Rogers invades the camp of the Red Skull. And there the action takes off.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
There is enough violence content in this film to be equivalent to the violence content of many R-rated films. Extortion. Beatings. Gunfire killings. Child abduction. Military assaults. And lots of action violence of varying intensities and durations.

There is enough violence content to warrant a re-visit to God's Word about violence. In many verses throughout the Bible God speak darkly of violence. One verse in particular, Proverb 16:29, warns that violence is "catching"; that violence can led one "into the way that is not good." That was related to us hundreds of years ago. Now, probably without realizing it, man has echoed God's Word about violence by four professional public health agencies publishing their findings which warn that viewing violence can lead to real life violence and can lead the observer to thinking that violence is an effective and acceptable way of settling conflict. God said it in His Word many years ago. Now man has said it. But do we listen?

Impudence/Hate (I) - 44 out of 100
Sixteen times someone utters some form of profanity. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 4:29] And Steve repeats lies about his health a number of times. [Rev. 21:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 94 out of 100
The only sexually-oriented content involves a room full of adults in underwear, a flash of rear male nudity, the use of women as toys/ornaments and camera angles/poses to force the viewer on private parts. [Col. 3:5] But thankfully no one gets into bed with anyone.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 53 out of 100
Booze, drinking and guzzling. Plus a self injection of an uncontrolled substance. No tobacco at all. But the viewing of alcoholic beverages and drinking of them in and as entertainment brings danger especially to the young. So sayeth the American College of Physicians.

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. [Eph. 5:18]

    Offense to God (O) - 85 out of 100
    Four times someone abuses God's name. While none of them use the four letter expletive with His name, leaving the for letter expletive out does not excuse the sin of using God's name in vain. [Deut. 5:11] A skull symbol appears a number of times. The skull is a universal symbol of death and evil. And one of the characters calls another a "fool." [Matt. 5:22]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 8 out of 100
    There are many murders portrayed in the 112.9 minutes of the show at a rate of about 6.9 per hour. Many by gunfire and many by disintegration. [Also Rev. 21:8]



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  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars -their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. ["Cowardly" as used in this verse is "fearful" and speaks of weak-hearted servility, blind sycophancy and dread borne of being in the wrong in the first place.]
  • 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.
  • Col. 3:5 Put to death [defeat, expunge, deprive of power, destroy the strength of], therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
  • 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.
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 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?
  • 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. 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.]
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment [krisis: accusation, trial]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council [any session or assembly or people deliberating or adjudicating]: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [moros: impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.

    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 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; 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.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • extortion with lives of villagers, including children, as leverage
  • breaking and entering
  • images of warfare
  • beatings
  • firearm to face
  • firearm for defense
  • gunfire killings, repeatedly
  • attempted gunfire murder
  • reckless driving to escape
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • child abduction as shield
  • firearm to child's head
  • child thrown in a river to kill
  • action violence of varying intensities, repeatedly, many with deaths
  • air battle
  • military assault, repeatedly
  • fall death

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 44 out of 100
  • 16 uses of profanity
  • repeated lie (about medical history to get into military)

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 82 out of 100
  • room full of adults in underwear
  • women as toys/ornaments, repeatedly
  • camera angle and/or pose to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • flash rear nudity

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 56 out of 100
  • booze, repeatedly
  • self injection of uncontrolled substance
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • guzzling

    Offense to God (O) - 85 out of 100
  • four abuses of God's name
  • "Fool!"
  • vanity and servitude to it
  • skull symbol, repeatedly
  • servility and obsequiousness in cowardice [Rev. 21:8]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 8 out of 100
  • murder by crushing
  • murder by gunfire, repeatedly
  • murder by disintegration, repeatedly

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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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