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(2004), R -- ... should not be expected to be anything but R-rated even though a PG-13 hero stars in it.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): DreamWorks SKG, Paramount Pictures, Parkes/MacDonald Productions, Edge City LLC
Distribution (US): DreamWorks Distribution LLC, DreamWorks SKG, Paramount Pictures Director(s): Michael Mann
Producer(s): Bryan H. Carroll, Gusmano Cesaretti, Frank Darabont, Robert N. Fried, Peter Giuliano, Julie Herrin, Michael Mann, Julie Richardson, Chuck Russell, Michael Waxman
Written by: Stuart Beattie
Cinematography/Camera: Dion Beebe, Paul Cameron
Music: James Newton Howard, Zachary Koretz, Antonio Pinto
Film Editing: Jim Miller, Paul Rubell
Casting: Francine Maisler
Production Design: David Wasco
Art Direction: Daniel T. Dorrance
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Los Angeles cabbie Max (Jamie Foxx) picked up a fare who turned out not to be the best in his 12 years of driving cabs, trying to build a special limousine service. But when Vincent (Tom Cruise) enters Max's cab, Max becomes "collateral damage."
Vincent announced he had five stops to make and offered Max $600 to be his chauffeur for the night. Reluctantly Max takes the offer even though it is against regulations.
At Vincent's first stop, Max becomes keenly aware of Vincent's purpose. While waiting for Vincent while he did his business in a multistory apartment building, a body crashed down on Max's cab. Thinking the man committed suicide, Max began to gather his senses enough to know he needed to report the event. Then Vincent showed up and Max put two and two together to discover Vincent killed the man and threw him out the window. When confronted with this by Max, Vincent told Max he didn't push the victim out of the window, he fell and that he didn't kill the man, he shot him. The bullets and the fall killed him. Little did Max know at the time he accepted the $600 offer from Vincent that the five stops would be to kill five people. Vine was a hit man hired to kill mob bosses, protected witnesses and crooked lawyers. [Gal. 5:21; Prov. 28:17]
One of the lawyers in the film was not crooked, She, Annie (Jada Plinkett Smith), a US Attorney, was aware of the other side of Vincent's interests. She was preparing a case against some of the people connected with the people Vincent was hired to kill. Annie needed to get to a specific address as fast as possible so she dictated to Max the routes he must take. But Max, having 12 years experience in the traffic patterns of L.A. argued with her about which routes to take to get her to her destination the fasted way possible. He bet her his way would be fastest. Max won. Annie was so impressed with Max's knowledge and times of travel that she left with him her phone number. That maneuver later proves to save her life.
The rest of the show is fairly cut-out format. If you've seen one killing spree film, you've seen them all. Even the morality content of the show was cut-out. Fifty-eight uses of the three four letter word vocabulary. Nineteen uses of the most foul of the foul words. [Col. 3:8] At least 15 brutal killings/murders, most were quite graphic and cold. Oddly enough, the only sexual issue in the entire film was talk of sexually immoral deeds. And, of course, God's name was abused many times both with and without the four later expletive, [Deut. 5:11]
We all know Tom Cruise as a hero of sorts in almost two decades of his Cruising the theaters, making "Vincent" certainly against type for Cruise. Foxx seems to possess versatility in his ability to play both a fearful man but not a coward and a man of decision. While both performed well, their performances included many demonstrations of sinful behavior. It is an R-rated movie and should not be expected to be anything but R-rated even though a PG-13 hero stars in it. Just because a star of several PG-13 movies and other films of even lesser severity is in another R-rated film does not mean his performance might be PG-13, especially in light of the July 2004 Harvard University finding corroborating http://www.capalert.com/harvardagreeswithus.htm our 2000 "R-13" finding http://www.capalert.com/r-13.htm. [Ps. 12:8]
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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 heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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