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MAR2012.035

(2012), PG-13 [R-13*] (106.25min)

Final Score
Analysis Date
Date Posted
Influence Density
MinMax
April 24, 2012
April 28, 2012
49
1.07
-100

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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
(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.



(2012), PG-13 [R-13*] ... parts of Themba remained inside a great white shark


Production (US): A Magnet Media Production and Mirabelle Pictures Production in association with Row 1 Productions and The Infinite Ammo Motion Picture Company and IM Global, MMP Dark Tide and Film Afrika. 2011 MMP Dark Tide Limited and Film Afrika, Eleven Devils Tooth (Pty) Limited. Wrekin Hill Presents
Distribution (US): Wrekin Hill Entertainment
Director(s): John Stockwell
Producer(s): Jeanette Buerling, Matthew Chausse, Chris Curling, Adi Shankar, Spencer Silna, Maggie Monteith, Martin Shore, Christopher Tuffin, Sukee Chew, Jeff Steele, John Michaels, Douglas Saylor, Jr., Eric Van Den Elinden, David Wright, Vlokkie Gordon, Meg Clark
Screenplay by: Amy Sorlie, Ronnie Christensen
Story by: Amy Sorlie
Cinematography/Camera: Jean-Franscois Hensgens
Music: Mark Sayfritz
Film Editing: Andrew Macritchie
Casting: gail Stevens, Colin Jones
Production Design: Tom Hannam
Art Direction: Christophe Dalberg
Viewed on Lionsgate Home Entertainment DVD


For ten years Kate Mathieson (Halle Berry) has been studying sharks by swimming with them ... intimately. On what became Kate's last shark diving episode, good friend and associate diver Themba (uncredited) did not return to his wife, Zukie (Thoko Ntshinga). Instead, parts of Themba remained inside a great white shark and every little nibbler of the sea.

Not able to handle the loss, Kate devoted her marine expertise to conducting False Bay, Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa marine tours to Seal Island ... at least until she was offered 100,000 (which is $131,949.45 USD) to take rich man William Brady (Raplh Brown) and son Luke (uncredited) diving to swim with great white sharks. I'll not spoil the story any further lest you decide, after discovering the truth about the content of this R-13 film, that it is fit. For someone.

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Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
This film is effective in portraying the horror of being decimated by a shark. This film does that repeatedly. Nearly all of the Wanton Violence/Crime content of this film is shark-related. One of the properties of violence is that the influence of it is desensitizing whether the violence is perpetrated against humans by humans or by the "natural way" of animals. Violence is violence to the human equation. God knows that and warns us against violence more than 50 times from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Proverb 16:29 is a good verse to impart His Wisdom about the influence of violence. Proverb 16:29 warns that violence is "catching": that it can lead one into a way that is not good. Then about 2000 years later, man plagiarized God's Word about violence by four professional public health agencies publishing that viewing violence in and as entertainment can, among other things, lead the viewer, especially the young, into real life violence and can lead the viewer to believing violence is an effective way to settle conflict.

There is more to the violence content of this film. Please inspect the listing in the Findings section for a full accounting of the violence findings.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Profanity occurred 25 times [Col. 3:8], four of them by a teen [Matt. 25:40, Luke 17:2]. A lie, a vulgar hand gesture, repeated teen disrespect of his father and the father's repeated belittlement of his son plus a tantrum and an animated argument [Rom. 12:18] stole all the starting 100 points for this content investigation area.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 72 out of 100
Berry spent almost all of her screen time in a bikini top. In one instance she bent over obviously for the camera which maximized view of her gender-specific anatomy and form. A sequence of attention to the posterior, a vulgar gesture, a vulgar joke to a teen and other matters of sexual orientation noted in the Findings section

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 53 out of 100
This investigation area score lost almost half its starting 100 points due to the booze, the drinking and smoking (repeatedly) and to a father giving an alcoholic beverage to his teen son. "So what?" you might ask. Well, since you've asked I'll tell you.

In 2002 the American College of Physicians (ACP) conducted a study of the influence of alcoholic beverages in and as entertainment and found that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The report entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, 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. [Eph. 5:18]

    There is nothing to say that viewing smoking in and as entertainment does not carry the same danger of influence as viewing drinking. Actually, the same matter of behavior modification applies to any behavior demonstrated in and as entertainment, including good behavior.

    Offense to God (O) - 72 out of 100
    God's name was abused five times which is fewer times than seems typical of PG-13 films and none of them were with the four letter expletive, but one time is one time too many. [Deut. 5:11] In addition, Kate called Brady a fool [Matt. 5:22]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
    There are no murders or suicides portrayed in this film.

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    SCRIPTURAL APPLICATION(S)

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    CHAPTER/VERSE

  • 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 "fantasy" 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 the 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. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    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.
  • 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. [This verse applies to those who caused/allowed the children to sin with profanity. Note that "children" includes teens.]
  • Rom. 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
  • 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.]
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 - 20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
  • 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 in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title even if as a euphemism. 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. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]
  • 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 when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to 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 [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.]

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    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.
  • FINDINGS / SCORING:
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Dark Tide (2012) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • humans in perilous underwater environment with sharks, frequent
  • death by shark attack, graphic, repeatedly
  • scene of bloody remains, repeatedly
  • radio news of fatal shark attack
  • poaching
  • non-fatal shark attack
  • animal (seal) attack - bite to face
  • bloody video game
  • peril at sea, repeatedly
  • view of human mutilated, dismembered body

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 25 uses of profanity, four by a teen, none are the most foul of the foul words
  • lie
  • vulgar hand gesture
  • father's belittlement of son, repeatedly
  • tantrum
  • animated argument
  • teen son's disrespect of father, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 72 out of 100
  • extensive screen time of Berry in a bikini top
  • sequence of attention to human posterior
  • camera angle/pose to maximize view of female cleavage and other aspects of the female form, repeatedly
  • vulgar joke to teen boy
  • scant swim suit
  • innuendo re: male anatomy

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 53 out of 100
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • offer of booze
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • father giving beer to teen son

    Offense to God (O) - 72 out of 100
  • five abuses of God's name, once by a teen, none of them with the four letter expletive
  • "This fool...

    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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