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(2001), NR [13-NR*]

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
February 2, 2002
60 out of 100

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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.

(2001), NR [13-NR*] -- Who is "DON TRELA" ... written in blood ... upside down?

Distributed by: Cloud Ten Pictures
Director(s): Andre van Heerden
Producer(s): Peter and Paul LaLonde, Nicholas D. Tabarrok
Written by/Screenplay: Paul LaLonde and John Patus
Cinematography/Camera: George Jiri Tirl, S.A.S.C.
Music: Gary Koftinoff
Editing: Michael Doherty

Starring: JUDD NELSON, Michelle Nolden, Stewart Bick, Deborah Odell, Jefferson Mappin, Ramona Milano and LOUIS GOSSETT, JR.

Intelligent life on other planets -- an issue on the minds of many for years. Since the inception of science fiction in entertainment, thoughts of whether life on other planets exists have invaded the minds of nearly everyone. Is there life on other planets? Intelligent life? Super-intelligent life?

Signals from outer space ... or maybe somewhere else ... are examined and scrutinized by top scientists and powerful people in this story of the effects of an extraordinary situation on even intelligent professionals. A story of how only faith in Jesus Christ can save us from the deceiver: that, left to our own understanding, our days may be shortened [Prov. 3:5 - 7].

The story opens with Colonel David Garrett (Louis Gossett, Jr.) mulling over the results of some top-secret paranormal experimentation conducted by the military hoping paranormal powers will keep the US a world super-power. Experiment after experiment had failed until a small fragment of a signal received from outer space by an Argentinean observatory creates a mind control giant of one of the officers in Col. Garrett's command. Lieutenant Vasquez, already fiercely disciplined, is now able to mentally manipulate objects ... and people.

Word of confirmation of another signal from outer space reaches Col. Garrett from the Shaw Observatory in the Sierra Nevada mountains, owned by billionaire Emmett Shaw (Stewart Bick). First to arrive at the Shaw Observatory is Shaw and his entourage of three experts in their fields: Smitty Turner (Michelle Nolden), Director of Operations of Shaw Industries; Jack Jones (Judd Nelson), hearing impaired chief computer technician for the Shaw Observatory and lead technical expert for the project; Reverend "Fletch" Fletcher (Jefferson Mappin), the rotund host of the number one radio talk show in America there to "provide Spiritual guidance" for Shaw. Also maneuvering her way into the entourage is Kara Walsh (Deborah Odell), top notch and enterprising investigative journalist who is there to provide a link to the news industry. Shaw and company are there to configure the extraterrestrial signal for broadcast to the world -- for money: to make Shaw a $100 billionaire instead of a mere $50 billionaire.

Finding the observatory a shambles with no trace of the two technicians who staff it, Jack hustles to reestablish operation of the observatory. As observatory operations begin to revive, Col. Garrett arrives with a squad of heavily armed commandos to take charge of the observatory -- in the interest of national security, of course. As system after system comes back online and operational, the signal from outer space returns. Wise in his job, Jack knew to save the signal to disk. But maybe it was not necessary to save the signal. The signal cannot be deleted, modified, made louder or softer or manipulated in any way. And the disk to which Jack saved the signal suddenly appears blank.

Now comes the edge-of-the-seat suspense. As the people in the observatory listen to the sound of the signal from outer space, a "demon presence" flashes in their eyes. Shortly after hearing the signal the people begin to express aggressive personality features such as lust, greed, hatred, arrogance and envy. And each time they listen to the narcotic signal from outer space the aggressive personality features become more and more aggressive and even evil -- except in two people. Noticing this, Smitty does some investigation and finds that there are no confirmations that the signal came from outer space: that there are no coordinates of origin! All the computer technology in the entire observatory could not find the origin of the signal.

If the signal did not come from outer space, from where did it come? The answer has profound meaning to the Christian. Which two people were not victimized by the narcotic signal? Why were they not affected? What happened to the two original technicians? Who is "DON TRELA" ... written in blood ... upside down? Who is being deceived? Who is doing the deceiving? Another profound matter to Deceived is the answer to the question "How are 'open minded and enlightened' New Age religious leaders who situational redefine, counterfeit and conditionally apply the Scriptures a danger to us?" There is much more to this faith-based story than I have revealed. And some of it can be sobering to your life. Answers to all of these questions are to be found in Deceived. Since this is an interactive ministry, you are free to send me what you think are the answers if you chose to watch this quality film from Cloud Ten Pictures. I'll tell you what the press kit or Cloud Ten Pictures themselves say.

Take heed, though. This is not a film for the younger viewer. The experiential maturity in Spiritual development possessed by some older teens and adults is necessary to prevent the challenges in the story and roles from confusing and possibly contaminating Spiritual development [Ps. 119:10, Prov. 22:6]. There is also graphic gunfire killing in this movie [Prov. 3:31, Jonah 3:8]. While there are only two examples of the use of the three/four letter word vocabulary and one instance of the use of God's name in vain, there are a few instances of "lightweight" sexual programming as a beautiful woman tries to use her sensuality to gain favors, once in a physical sense though clothed [Gal. 5:19]. There is no nudity, brief or partial, male or female, in Deceived. These and additional matters that may be of concern to mom/dad are included in the Findings/Scoring section.

By the CAP final score of 60, confidence is high that Deceived would have been rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America. PG-13 movies in the CAP baseline database earned scores of 55 to 67 out of 100. An Influence Density (ID) figure of 0.72 corroborates the likelihood of being rated PG-13. PG-13 movies in the CAP baseline database earned influence densities of 0.52 to 0.84 with zero being best.


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  • Prov. 3:5 - 7 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
  • Ps. 119:10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.
  • Prov. 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
  • Prov. 3:31 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways,
  • Jonah 3:8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexuality, impurity and debauchery;

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want 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 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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] 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. I suspect "offend" includes sexually abusing the little ones. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • 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.

    Deceived (2001) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • theft
  • tale of mass murder
  • firearm threat
  • gunfire to injure
  • dead body
  • threat to kill for noncompliance
  • "People are dead!" "That's the price of power."
  • unlawful confinement
  • man striking woman
  • violent struggle
  • assault with injury
  • gunfire to warn (unlawful)
  • gunfire killings
  • firearm to woman's head to control others
  • firearm control of others
  • disaster peril

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • violation of woman's person

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • camera angle to force viewer on sexual aspects
  • dress to maximize female form and/or skin exposure
  • sensual offer for personal gain, twice
  • talk of immoral sex as acceptable in a male/female unmarried relationship
  • woman rubbing herself on a man to gain favor

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • prescription drug abuse
  • suggestion to abuse prescription drugs
  • smoking
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive
  • repeated mind power to move objects, some as offensive maneuvers/assaults
  • repeated mind power to control people
  • mysterious disappearance of young boy
  • a reverend meditating in yoga
  • mixing Scripture with lies
  • demon eyes
  • speaking of mankind becoming gods
  • lust for excess and other personal gain
  • mockery of the Scriptures
  • "...all of us are gods."

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder by mind power breaking a soldier's neck with a rifle
  • murder by mind control forcing suicide by firearm
  • dead body by hanging suicide<

  • NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "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 nearly seven 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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