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(2009), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (1hr 21min)

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February 6, 2010
February 14, 2010

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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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(2009), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... a grim and disturbing attitude

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Paramount Vantage, Likely Story, This Is That Productions, Ivy Boy Productions
Distribution (US): Paramount Home Entertainment
Director(s): Àlex Pastor, David Pastor
Producer(s): Ray Angelic, Stefanie Azpiazu, Anthony Bregman, Robert Velo, Michael Williams
Written by: Àlex Pastor, David Pastor
Cinematography/Camera: Benoît Debie
Music: Peter Nashel
Film Editing: Craig McKay
Casting: Jeanne McCarthy
Production Design: Clark Hunter
Viewed on Paramount Home Entertainment DVD

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Another "modernization" of Captain Kirk. This time with much more of the "it ain't good enough no matter what 'it' is" attitude ... and a mouth to match. Chris Pine, the "Captain Kirk" of the 2009 Star Trek plays Brian, the quintessential and eldest character of four youths, two boys and two girls, striking out on their own to reach a childhood memory place called Turtle Beach in a world that is dying of a strange virus that emaciates the victims and oozes their blood through lesions in the skin. Piper Perabo plays Bobby, Brian's girlfriend. Lou Taylor Pucci plays Brian's brother, Danny. Emily Van Camp (The Ring 2) plays Kate, Danny's school friend who seems to just be there as a balance for a quartet of two boy-girl pairs. Kate seems to loom in the background ... until the foreground characters evaporate.

The four youths speed to Turtle Beach in California which Brian and Danny hope still holds the safety they knew as children. For four days they travel (unmarried), being faced with and forced into moral decisions that should not have to be made. Not long after starting out, they find that the microbial monster they race to avoid as it leeches across America is not their greatest enemy: that their greatest enemy is the survival beast within themselves.

The American Medical Association and others ... and God [1 Cor. 15:33 for example] ... warn us about such influence of that which saturates this film but do we listen? "We are above that sort of thing." "We gotta have our way." "We have outgrown all those moral confinements." What we have done is become so drugged, so numb by the narcotics of extremes in and as entertainment that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible. It is no wonder why so many youth have such ugly and dark outlooks on life. Sure, it can all be blamed on parents, street life, bad water, the news or evil spirits but where the rubber meets the road lies films like this one, films to perpetuate, indeed give excuse to such an outlook.

Such a grim and disturbing attitude as portrayed in this film saturates in various degrees much of modern entertainment. Not necessarily in the form of dreary and gloomy content as much as in the attitude portrayed. In the portrayal of that attitude is the biggest reason for nothing ever being good enough for so many youth who are taught in so many ways by entertainment to expect more, to want it all and want it now! If you have any doubts about why modern entertainment contributes so much to the bleak and gloomy outlook of so many, see our publication ATTITUDE: In Perspective -- Investigation Area Scoring and Trend in CAP Entertainment Industry Investigations, Special Report-001. The report publishes our finding regarding the focus of the content of modern films.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
The violence portrayed in this film, though sometimes gruesome and gory, is of a basal nature reaching deeply into an ill-defined depth of our being, quite possibly into the bottom layer of the progressively protected opinion-values-belief hierarchy. For a word on the opinion-value-belief hierarchy consider the following.

Three elements of personal character -- integrity, self respect, coping skills -- combine to form the foundation and fuel for personal behavior management: for chosen attitudes; for behavior choices. How personal integrity, self respect, coping skills are shaped and incorporated and in what ratio will in most cases determine and sometimes dictate how an individual will react to stimuli and will initiate behavior. According to Doctors Michael and Susan Osborne of the Memphis State University, there are three basic progressively protected barriers to persuasion: opinion, values and belief. Each level requires a stronger influence to modify, the belief level being the deepest and most protected layer therefore the most difficult to change. The opinion level may be changed very easily, maybe by new information or just changing one's mind but the values level may take years of persuasion to change. The belief level, once established, may be changed only by catastrophic persuasion. The content of Carriers is "catastrophic persuasion."

The attitudes incorporated by an individual in turn feed and, to a point, control his/her behavior choices. Many films, especially this one, present content that can and sometimes does invade personal behavior management parameters and lead to modification of them, likely counterproductively. Such dark and primal content as found in Carriers may influence -- may persuade -- the observer into modifying the deepest and most protected barrier, the belief level, and lead him/her into making poor behavioral choices in similar situations, even if the similar situations simply seem similar or are even manufactured. Knowing this, why do you then suppose God warned us with verses such as 1 Cor. 15:33 and Prov. 16:29. God knew what He as doing when He inspired the content of the Holy Bible, the best blueprint available for personal behavior management.

And if you think that the heinous behavior choices demonstrated in this film and others are protected from being influential because they are fantasy, remember that a bad influence does not have to be real to influence badly.

One more comment about the most protected layer of the opinion-value-belief hierarchy, the belief layer. That someone believes something does not make it true. For example I believe God's Word but my belief in His Word does not make it true. That it is true does. God's Word does not need our belief in it to be true. That His Word is true makes it true. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100 In the beginning of this Summary/Commentary I said "... and a mouth to match" about Chris Pine's attitude portrayed. Most of the 51 uses of profanity, including the four uses of the most foul of the foul words, were spoken by Pine. [Col. 3:8, 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17, Prov. 22:11] "Acting" does not excuse sin any more than quoting someone who curses absolves the quoter of accoutnability. Nor does "acting" excuse the influence of demonstrating sin on the observer.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 59 out of 100
The content found by the Sexual Immorality (S) investigation area was the highest scoring of the six investigation areas yet it was the only investigation area to find content equivalent to the film's posted PG-13 rating. All other investigation areas except Murder/Suicide (M) found content equivalent to R-rated films in the comparative baseline database and its score was one point above the R-equivalence score of 54 and below out of 100. This film is truly R-equivalent. Not so much because of the extremeness of individual examples of sexually immoral behavior but because there are so many of the "lesser" kinds of sexually immoral behavior: behaviors such as licking kissing, drawing viewer attention to male privates, using insults that call attention to oral sex, women wearing clothes that expose the straps and curves of their underwear, forced stripping and the like. However, the only nudity in the entire 81 minutes of the film was of rear upper nudity of two women. [Prov. 30:20, Rev. 21:27, Gal. 5:19, Col. 3:5 - 10]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 38 out of 100
The American College of Physicians (ACP) feel that R-rated films typically contain the most exposure to alcoholic beverages. When they published that 2002 report the researchers were not aware of our finding: the R-13 finding with which Harvard University unknowingly agreed. I have not done a quantitative analysis of the data regarding which rating, PG-13 or R, typically presents the most alcoholic beverages, but after nearly 1300 analysis I can confidently say the PG-13 films probably contain as much or even more presentations of alcoholic beverages (drinking) than R-rated films. And much of it by teens.

The point of the matter is that both the American College of Physicians (ACP) and I agree that the demonstration of the consumption of alcoholic beverages in and as entertainment when viewed by underage viewers, especially when drinking is portrayed by poplar performers acting as seasoned and responsible drinkers, indeed and undeniably emboldens the underage viewers to drink alcoholic beverages. The ACP found that out of 4544 youths (90% of them under fourteen - the PG-13 age stratum) who are not restricted in their viewing of films are many times more likely to drink alcoholic beverages without parental knowledge than those who are partially restricted or completely restricted. Specifically, 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.

    The bottom line? Regardless of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) classification the focus is that the emboldening influence of adolescent exposure to drinking (and smoking) in and as entertainment is undeniable. [Eph. 5:18]

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
    In addition to skits mocking the Christian faith (which by the way is now a hate crime when the legal table is turned to face the mockers) and what is stereotypically associated with it, someone uses His name in vain ten times without the four letter expletive and 4 times with it. Why not? It's a PG-13 film. Why not!? Because God says don't else suffer the consequences (if unforgiven). [Gal. 6:7, Deut. 5:11]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 55 out of 100
    Four murders. Two of them to facilitate stealing gas! All somewhat graphic. Y'all know about "thou shalt not kill [murder]." [Ex 20:13]


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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 "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 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. 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.
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17 But shun profane [ungodly] and vain [empty, useless] babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker...
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Prov. 30:20 This is the way of an adulteress [or adulterer]: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.' [Though this verse uses "adulteress" to make its point, the heart of the matter is the arrogance of "What's the big deal!" or "It's okay sometimes" defense of sexual immorality (or any other wrong-doings). This verse makes an adulter(er/ess) of many filmmakers and performers, thinking they can demonstrate behavioral impurity while thinking they've done no wrong.]
  • Rev. 21:27 Nothing impure will ever enter it [the holy city - Heaven], nor will anyone [unforgiven] who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; ...
  • Col. 3:5 - 10 Mortify [nekraa: deprive of strength, make dead, destroy the strength of] therefore your members [melos: parts of the body given up to immoral intercourse] which are upon the earth; fornication [parneia: adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals, relatives, etc.], uncleanness [akatharsia: lustful living, impure motives], inordinate affection [pathos: depraved, vile passions], evil concupiscence [apithumia: lusting after, desire for what is forbidden], and covetousness [pleonexia: greedy desire to have more, avarice], which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blashpemia: slander, detraction, speech injurious, to another's good name or impious and reproachful speech injurious to God], filthy communication [aischrologia: foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
  • 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.
  • Gal. 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked [which includes His Word]: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
  • 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 an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion 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.]
  • Ex. 20:13 Thou shalt not kill. (NIV) You shall not murder. ["Kill" is ratsach {raw-tsakh'}: murder, slay, premeditated, to assassinate. Deut. 5:17 repeats this Commandment. By the way, suicide is murder of the self.]

    ***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 [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 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.)

    Carriers (2009) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • reckless endangerment
  • assault
  • reckless gunfire
  • assault causing near-miss reckless endangerment
  • human gore, repeatedly
  • dead man who strapped himself to a tower to die just to draw attention to his sign with a racial insult on it
  • pre-stages of mass murder of children by poison
  • firearm to face, repeatedly
  • little girl upchucking blood
  • dead body with gore floating on swimming pool
  • tale of past breaking and entering
  • forced detainment by firearm, repeatedly
  • pursuit to kill
  • assault with threat to kill
  • explosive attitude/behavior, repeatedly
  • defensive gunfire with injury
  • fight
  • dog eating human remains from several angles
  • animal attack

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 51 uses of profanity plus two uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • racial insult
  • attitude of arrogance, bitterness, aggression throughout
  • abandonment of father and his dying daughter after stealing their SUV
  • lie
  • abandonment of a woman
  • disresepct of the police figure

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 59 out of 100
  • licking kissing
  • attention to privates - male
  • conversational snippet re: oral sex
  • women's clothing to show underwear straps and arches, repeatedly
  • homosexual reference
  • forced stripping of two women
  • two boy-girl pairs traveling four days unmarried

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 38 out of 100
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking (once while driving), repeatedly
  • teen drinking

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • ten uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive plus four with it
  • mockery of the Christian faith in more than one way

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 55 out of 100
  • four murders by gunfire

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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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