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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 36min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Lakeshore Entertainment, Cinerenta Medienbeteiligungs KG, Screen Gems Inc.
Distribution (US): Screen Gems Inc.
Director(s): Bruce Hunt
Producer(s): Robert Bernacchi, Neil Bluhm, Gary Lucchesi, Judd Malkin, Andrew Mason, James McQuaide, Marco Mehlitz, Michael Ohoven, Tom Rosenberg, Richard S. Wright
Written by: Michael Steinberg, Tegan West
Cinematography/Camera: Ross Emery
Music: Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Didier Rachou
Film Editing: Brian Berdan, Nicholas Hasson
Casting: Deborah Aquila, Mary Tricia Wood
Production Design: Pier Luigi Basile
Art Direction: Cristian Corvin, Enrico Fiorentini, Vlad Vieru
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
If you are looking for an action-packed thriller or horror film, this is not the one. Some zoos present some creatures more gruesome than the creature (Brian Steele) in The Cave. It is interesting that this film did not go directly to DVD/VHS than to the big screen.
The Cave did earn a R-13 score but barely. R-13 films are films that are given the PG-13 rating but earn scores earned by R-rated movies in the comparative baseline database. The Cave earned a final score of 52 which is just three points under the scoring range (55 to 67 out of 100) earned by films rated PG-13. Don't let the positive tone fool you. This film has teeth. Immoral teeth.
Thirty years ago, an adventurous band of spelunkers found a huge cave under the remains of a 13 century church high in the mountains of Eastern Europe, the Carpathian Mountains to be exact. After discovering some startling things, the entire expedition was trapped by a cave-in and never heard from again.
Nicolai (Marcel Iures) has rediscovered the same cave but realizes he and his team are ill-equipped to investigate the contents. So, Nicolai drafts from Yucatan the help of the world's best undersea and cave explorers to search the depths of the Earth. The team: leader Jack (Cole Hauser); his brother Tyler (Eddie Cibrian); loyal compatriot Buchanan (Morris Chestnut); "Rambo" Phillip Briggs (Rick Ravanello); master techie Vince Strode (Kieran Darcy-Smith).
The team is later joined by scientist Dr. Kathryn Jennings (Lena Headey) as Dr. Nicolai's agent and by cameraman Alex Kim (Daniel Dae Kim). One more team member was hungry-for-adventure risk-taking Charlie (Piper Perabo). Who would scale underground rock walls dressed in short shorts? Perabo, that is who. Not Hauser. Not Chestnut. Not Ravanello. Just Perabo.
Only three of the original group survived. Maybe only two. Some were eaten by the beasties one mile under the mountains and three miles in. Some drowned. Some died in ways only Hollywood has cave-divers die.
According to the story, the beasties in the cave were maybe not creatures of a new eco system as fist thought but were rather the original expedition members from 30 years ago possessed by parasites. Jack himself was evidence of this theory. The parasites in the cave had invaded his body and he started to change. The reason I said "maybe only two" survived is that one of the team members who emerged back into the surface population, I believe it was Dr. Jennings, began to change, too.
This MPAA PG-13 is yet another example of R-13. [Ps. 12:8] Do I wish we had the money to compile the massive data we have gathered in eleven years of research! Last year, Harvard University unknowingly echoed our R-13 finding but a full four years after we published the finding.
This PG-13 was equivalent to many R-rated films in violence and language. With 38 counted episodes of gore, death, injury and other examples of violence plus 39 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, The Cave was clearly on the same level of programming as most R-rated films. [1 Thess. 5:22, Col. 3:8] Language included nine uses of God's name in vain, three of them with the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]
Sexually immoral programming was largely limited to what many call eye candy, each a tease of the sensual part of man such as camera angle to force the viewer on private parts, dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure and innuendo. [Col. 2:20 - 23]
Programming which places the youthful viewer at risk [1 Cor. 15:33] regarding experimentation with Drugs/Alcohol were a number of demonstrations of drinking booze. [Eph. 5:18]
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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/
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|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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