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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 36min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 24, 2005
52 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] -- This film has teeth. Immoral teeth.

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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  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • 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 thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Col. 2:20 - 23 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world [cast off slavery to lewd behavior and thought], why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. [In other words, if you have accepted Christ as your Lord and resurrected Savior, why do you still think it is okay to lust and perform sexual behaviors outside of a heterosexual marriage and tease with your body through exhibitionism because the world ("everybody else") does it and indeed encourages and emboldens such values but your Savior's Word says it is detestable?]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance. 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. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want 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 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 you], 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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] 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 - 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. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • 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.

    The Cave (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • cave-in with many unseen injuries/deaths
  • entrapment by avalanche
  • portrayal of danger from the unseen
  • animal attack, repeatedly of varying intensity
  • animal gore
  • more cave-in entrapping all
  • death by animal attack, repeatedly
  • fight
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • injury gore
  • gore of metamorphosis
  • fall terror
  • impalement gore
  • animal threat, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 39 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • below navel skin
  • sexual innuendo
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • adult in underwear

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • toast with booze

    Offense to God (O)
  • nine uses of God's name in vain, three of them with the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • 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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