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(2004), R -- a slash, squash, splatter film.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Strike Entertainment, New Amsterdam Entertainment Inc.
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures, Universal Studios Inc.
Director(s): Zack Snyder
Producer(s): Marc Abraham, Armyan Bernstein, Thomas A. Bliss, Dennis E. Jones, Michael D. Messina, Eric Newman, Richard P. Rubinstein
Written by/Screenplay: George A. Romero (1978 screenplay), James Gunn
Cinematography/Camera: Matthew F. Leonetti
Music: Tree Adams (mall music), Tyler Bates
Film Editing: Niven Howie
Casting: Robin D. Cook, Joseph Middleton
Production Design: Andrew Neskoromny
Art Direction: Arvinder Grewal
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
In spite of the saturation with raw gore and the language and sexual filth, there were some demonstrations of courage and character. But all was embedded in a display of rampant carnage and killing, Indiscriminately and with joy. Granted, the plot was kill or be killed but such demonstration serves more to desensitize than entertain. It will be interesting to do a comparative analysis with the 1978 version of this movie.
Canadian star Sarah Polley plays Ana, a nurse at the local hospital. She and her husband, after taking a shower together with nothing left to the imagination, are interrupted in bed by their 12 or so year old daughter with most of her lower face missing and blood covering the front of her nightie. In a mad dash to take care of his daughter, dad gets his jugular ripped out and dies. Soon, he is resurrected by whatever it was that killed him and tried to bite Ana. If he had been successful, she, too, would have died from the bite and become a walking dead like he. And it doesn't get any better than that.
Ana is chased by other walking dead and wrecks her car into a tree. Some scenes of mayhem and madness of Milwaukee flicker the screen then Ana wakes up to find Officer Kenneth (Ving Rhames) staring at her down the barrel of a shotgun. It seems that a sheriff (Tom Savini) had announced that shooting these things in the head was all that would kill them.
As Kenneth and Ana tour the countryside to find something ... whatever ... they run into gunfire from expectant father, Andre (Mekhi Phifer) who is trying to protect his pregnant wife. Once identities ware established the group headed to Crossroads Mall for protection from the hordes of hungry zombies. Somehow insufferably rich dude Steve (Ty Burrell) got mixed in with the group as did three mall security guards led by CJ (Michael Kelly), a most arrogant take-care-of-number-one bad mouth with a gun.
There is little need to go any further in summarizing the story. It is no more than a slash, squash, splatter film. Though there were some demonstrations of courage and character, they are almost invisible in the smoke of the fire of gore and impudence. The amount of gore and killing has probably not be equaled in any film I have eve seen. [Ps. 141:4] "The conclusion of the public health community, based on over 30 years of research, is that viewing entertainment violence can lead to increases in aggressive attitudes, values and behavior, particularly in children." says the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in a Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children, Congressional Public Health Summit
"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." [Prov. 10:23]
And so says God [1 Cor. 15:33]. Amazing isn't it that man can actually and finally come around and agree with God?
Masking such influence under noble deeds or some other form of trumped up "justification" does not negate its effects. Further, there is nothing to say that prolonged viewing of immorality, hatred, arrogance and other negative character traits will not also implant the same. Showing an evil deed with redemption often does no more than teach the observer how to do the evil deed. Most of they who love such programming in and as entertainment will defy, deny and try to ridicule any sort of proof, including God's Word, that their recreational god is morally and ethically poisoning them. [Ps. 92:6; 2Pet. 2:12]
Additional material to avoid as Jesus-loving Bible-believing Christians include nudity and intercourse [1Cor. 7:2]; 51 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Prov. 8:13;]; 38 uses of the most foul of the foul words [ Col. 3:8]; 8 uses of God's name in vain [Deut. 5:11]; suicide [Exod. 20:13]; firearm threats; vulgar music [Eph. 5:4].
Note that I did not stay for the rolling credits wherein it is claimed the filmmakers used some of the material from the body of the film, which means there could be additional doses of stuff.
All that was noted amidst the quite high density of ignominy is listed in the Findings/Scoring section.
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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)
Single Christian Network
Kids, Teens and Home Vertical Portal
|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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