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(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] (2hr 18min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Columbia Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Brian Grazer/John Calley
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Pictures Releasing
Director(s): Ron Howard
Producer(s): Dan Brown, John Calley, Brian Grazer, Todd Hallowell, Kathleen McGill, Louisa Velis
Written by: Akiva Goldsman (screenplay), Dan Brown (novel)
Cinematography/Camera: Salvatore Totino
Music: Hans Zimmer. Martin Terefe
Film Editing: Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill
Casting: Janet Hirshenson, John Hubbard, Jane Jenkins
Production Design: Allan Cameron
Art Direction: Giles Masters, Tony Reading
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
I am so sorry this report has taken so long to complete, a full seven days after viewing it and a full six days after its opening. I could not hope to list all of the trouble experienced. I fully believe getting this single analysis report published was plagued with more obstacles than any other of the more than 1000 other reports we have done. Hint: It all has to do with lack of donations/funding. Something tells me the adversary did not want this report published.
That the adversary is actively involved in creating so many obstacles, especially to this report, makes sense since we are fighting the adversary quite probably in his most sensitive spot -- his attacks of Jesus through His little ones. It makes sense also since this film has the potential for doing a g-r-e-a-t deal of Spiritual damage to our youth who have become, also by the adversary's doing, more worldly than ever at younger and younger ages every year. I suspect most of our readers have the caliber of faith and understanding to be able figure this out without me explaining it further.
I am glad to have read that secular reviewers made comments such as "clueless" about this film. That makes it easier for me to say it made little sense. But making little sense is typical of stories which counterfeit the Truth and manufacture their own from it by strategically adding facts among the fiction to make it appear factual. The story may be fiction, but a bad influence does not have to be real to influence badly.
Louvre curator Jacques Sauniere (Jean-Pierre Marielle) is brutally murdered by Silas (Paul Bettany), a masochistic, self mortifying, self scourging albino monk working for Bishop Aringarosa (Alfred Molina), a bishop of questionable ethics and intent. Silas claims to be doing the work of God.
In this fictional The Da Vinci Code Opus Dei is a covert society charged with keeping Christ's marriage to Mary Magdalene (Charlotte Graham) and their daughter, Sarah a secret. By the way, there are no monks in the real Opus Dei, a Catholic organization. And there has been no cover-up since Jesus was not married. Nor did He have a daughter.
Sauniere is mutilated and his body covered in symbols with meanings not clear to the police. His body is found positioned as da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and shown in full frontal nudity several times with only a bright light hiding his genitals. Before Sauniere dies, he leaves a trail of clues to the "secret."
Visiting symbology professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is called in by police Captain Fache (Jean Reno) to interpret the symbols on Sauniere's body, one of which is the pentagram. See Back to School Special for more information on the pentagram. Note that the pentagram is the symbol on the cover of the Satanic bible. Also note, mom/dad, that the rock [music] hand gesture (the Mano Cornutto or Horned Hand - see Back to School Special) is also on the cover of the Satanic bible. Satan sneaks into your child's life in many ways. This "13" movie may very well be just one.
Aiding in the investigation is police cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou). Due to a series of confusing happenings, Langdon and Neveu fall under suspicion for the murder. On the lam, Langdon and Neveu are thrown into the middle of "the greatest cover-up in human history." That "cover-up" being the claim that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and had a daughter, Sarah; that this manufactured bloodline of Christ is the Holy Grail.
Pulled into the mix by Langdon is his old friend and Grail researcher, Sir Leigh Teabing (self avowed "gay", X-mutant and Rings wizard, Sir Ian McKellen). It is McKellan who narrates the counterfeitings of the Bible. [Rev. 22:18, Rev. 22:19]
Some of the counterfeitings of the True Word include" "Maybe human is divine", "What matters is what you believe" and "Your god doesn't forgive murderers. He burns them."
The film even relies on da Vinci's painting of The Last Supper being 100% accurate and true. Note that the painting was painted by someone who was not there and without any hint of Holy Inspiration as to the content of the painting. Some sources claim da Vinci painted the John character as androgynous and effeminate enough to say it is Mary Magdalene. That da Vinci painted John to appear feminine does not prove it was Mary. It just shows that da Vinci envisioned John that way. Besides, if the Apostle John was actually supposed to be Mary Magdalene, where then is John in the painting? Where then is the twelfth Apostle?
There are so many things I would like to tell you about The Da Vinci Code, but there is only so much space. Please bear with me, though, for a short foundational sermon.
Satan is the greatest trickster of global impact mankind has ever known. His first trick was mixing God's Truth with lies in fine-sounding argument and smooth philosophy in defiance of God's Word [Col. 2:4, Col. 2:8, Rom. 16:18] as he beguiled Eve into eating the forbidden fruit.
One of Satan's great tricks is to convince many that God does not exist, keenly mixing that trick with the trick of convincing many others to think they don't need God: that we can deal with life and death all on our own; that nothingness lies on the other side of our last breath. Satan seasoned that trick with leading some of us to believe that whatever we choose to believe is the truth. As I typed this in I noticed it is used in The Da Vinci Code by the way: "What matters is what you believe." Frosting for that trick is Satan convincing many others that even he does not exist.
Yet another great Satanic trick on mankind is to convince many that there are more than one god ... and goddess. And that we, ourselves, are gods. This is also used in The Da Vinci Code: "Maybe human is divine."
Masterful is the adversary, who does not say we are sinners, in convincing many that sin is not really sinful or that sin is relative: that there are no moral absolutes; that morality is relative. [Rom. 3:23]
Yet another of Satan's great tricks is convincing many that the Bible is no more than mortal man's attempts to control the populations with fear and calling it interpretation of God's Word thus making His Word seem subject to the personal preferences and social pressures of the time the Inspired pen was put to paper.
Satan has even convinced many that God can be measured by our own standards: that He must live up to our expectations; that we can comfortably be Christians on Sunday only; that God's Word is optional and can even be discarded when it gets in our way.
Another very successful trick of Satan's is to convince us at a young age that we do not have to answer to any authority, especially parental. That makes it easy for us to not submit to Jesus when we mature -- and be comfortable with it. Arrogantly.
Satan has also influenced many into thinking we are free to sin because of the freedom of choice God gave us: "Why would God give you the freedom of choice if you cannot use it?"
Amidst it all, Satan has tricked even the firmest of believers that as they have their heels dug in, steadfast in their faith they may freely compromise God's Word by situationally redefining it, counterfeiting it and conditionally applying it to fill their own bellies. All in the name of "interpretation" and the human frailty of they who put pen to paper for God. [Rom. 16:18]
And the greatest of all of Satan's tricks is to convince us we have matured beyond the need for the Word written in a 2000-year old book; that we are immune to his tricks thus leading us by the nose into sin and away from Jesus while we think we are wise. [Rom. 1:21 - 22]
These are just a few ...
I believe the master trickster has engineered yet another trick to draw more people away from the True Word. The Da Vinci Code, like Dogma and others which embolden people into Spiritual destruction is, whether intentional, another trick of the adversary to pull and keep people away from Christ and those weak in faith to falter. Even if just a little bit. A little bit is enough for the one whose only reason for existence is to steal, kill and destroy. [John 10:10] Because if he can be successful once, he'll do it again. And again. And again. All the while we thinking we are wise to his tricks. [Rom. 1-22]
End of sermon.
I would love to have "given" The Da Vinci Code a final score of zero -- it is that offensive to the Word of He who took the nails for you and I: to the Word of He who spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there. But the objectivity of the CAP analysis model could not care less about my subjective opinions. I cannot give scores. Films earn the scores they get based solely on content when applied to His Word.
The Da Vinci Code earned a final score of 40. That score makes this film truly equivalent to many R-rated features since all the R-rated features in the comparative baseline database earned scores of 54 and below out of 100.
Indeed, looking at the scoring distribution (the CAP thermometer display), the Wanton Violence/Crime and Offense to God investigation area scores could not have been lower. But the content in the other four investigation areas pulled the final score up out of the pits of scoring Hell where, in my opinion, this film belongs.
The producers appear to attempt absolution from accountability for corrupting the Gospel by telling us up front this film is fiction. Again, a bad influence does not have to be real to influence badly. But to make claims of fact in the film confounds the grasp for literary safety in fiction. For example, to claim Mary Magdalene was Jesus' wife based on "gospels" which were rejected from the Bible is a huge and wild grasp. And the film claims it was the "church" - a group of men - that decided which Books would form the Bible. The Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God. That is the Bible, not just the contents of each Book but which Books as well. [2 Tim. 3:16]
As I mentioned above, there is so much more to tell you about The Da Vinci Code but this report is already too long. *Please* look deeply into the listing in the findings/Scoring section before you decide what age stratum, if any, might be suitable for this film.
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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.
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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