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With Comparative
(2010), PG [Hard PG*] (1hr 44.5min)

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April 15, 2011
April 16, 2011

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

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

With Comparative
(2010), PG [Hard PG*] ... 70 - 70 - 78 final scoring

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Dune Entertainment, Fox 2000 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Walden Media
Distribution (US): Fox-Walden
Director(s): Michael Apted
Producer(s): Andrew Adamson, Douglas Gresham, Mark Johnson, Jose Ludlow, Perry Moore, Philip Steuer, Jessie Thiele
Screenplay by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Michael Petroni
Novel: C. S. Lewis
Cinematography/Camera: Dante Spinotti
Music: David Arnold
Film Editing: Rick Shaine
Casting: Nina Gold, Christine King
Production Design: Barry Robison
Art Direction: Ian Gracie
Viewed on 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment DVD

The grandeur, the extravagance, the power - all the elements of the first Chronicle and to a lesser extent the second … they were just not there. This third of three installments in the now trilogy of The Chronicles of Narnia seems so be little more that an attempt to recapture the grandeur of and bask in the glory of the previous Narnia films. This version could have been written … and directed … by a university language arts class and it would probably have been as good. But then I am not a professional movie critic so my two-cents might not be worth two cents.

Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) Pevensie pound the path, er, rather sail the sea to Alsan country. This may be the last of the Narnia movies of the series of seven books.

As in the first two installments, Voyage of the Dawn Treader begins in wartime England with Lucy and Edmund living with their insufferable cousin, Eustace Scrubb (Will Poulter). As Lucy gazes at a painting of a ship at sea, the water seems to start moving, and moving, and moving until it floods the room. When the three treaders finally resurface they are in Narnia again, Lucy and Edmund's third visit.

The trio are rescued from the Narnian brine by the once prince now King Caspian (Ben Barnes) and crew aboard the Dawn Treader, the finest ship of the Narnian Navy. Caspian has embarked on a mission to Lone Island in the Eastern Sea to find the seven missing Narnian lords he promised Aslan he would find … and their swords. The seven swords do something magical that could not be done without all seven swords. The seven swords can shift the power between good and evil that has been plaguing the region. But Caspian must be careful because the edge of the Earth is somewhere just on the other side of the Eastern Sea. Careful because once Capsian finishes with the Lone Island he must travel to other islands … and to Aslan country.

In keeping with CS Lewis fame, this film presents a Christian allegory. One allegory of particular noteworthiness is when Lucy, who has been told she will not return to Narnia again, asks Aslan if she will ever see him again. In his answer is the allegory that suggests he is Jesus by telling her that she should learn to know him by another name in her own world. It is wonderful that Lewis tries to make parallels with faith in story but there is so much contamination by story-telling ambiguity that the allegation could mislead.

As a special feature of this analysis report below is a scoring comparative of the three Narnia films. There are many things the comparative has to say but the one I will point out is the 70 - 70 - 71 final scoring, indicating consistency in overall content.

Even the influence density scores (the lower the figure the fewer the assaults over the course of the movie) show consistency in the "thickness" of assaults on morality and decency over the span of the three installments.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
As with all other Narnia films a concentration of assaults on morality and decency is found in violence. Enough so to be equivalent to the violence content of some R-rated films in the comparative baseline database. And that equivalence provides "justification" for repeating that God has warned us violence is "catching" [Prov. 16:29] and that four professional public health agencies agree with God whether intentional or even aware of it.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 97 out of 100
The only matter of impudence in the entire 104.5 minutes of film was a little girl defying her father and creating danger for herself in doing so.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
There was nothing found that even approaches sexually immoral behavior or talk. Not even a sexual innuendo.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
Nothing was noted that could apply to illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco.

Offense to God (O) - 27 out of 100
This investigation area found content to include matters such as a single abuse of God's name by a child, the use of unholy magic, unholy manifestations, shape-shifting repeatedly and control by evil powers.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There were no murders or suicides noted.


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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.]
  • 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 [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.)

    The Chronicles of Narnia: the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zeero out of 100
  • near drowning of three children
  • fantasy demon-looking beast, repeatedly
  • sword battle
  • arrow killing (defensive)
  • abduction, repeatedly
  • human trafficking
  • warfare with deaths
  • attempted knifing of a child
  • invisible beings
  • threat to kill, repeatedly
  • skeleton (symbolic of death)
  • action violence of varying intensities, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 97 out of 100
  • child endangerment of herself by disobeying father

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 27 out of 100
  • unholy disappearance of many
  • a single use of God's name in vain by a child
  • "Fool!" by a child [Matt. 5:22]
  • unholy manifestations of various natures
  • shape-shifting, repeatedly
  • witch
  • control by evil magic
  • parting of the waters mockery

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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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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