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(2011), R [Hardcore (Porn) R*] (1hr 36min)

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Influence Density
June 6, 2011
June 7, 2011

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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.

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(2011), R [Hardcore (Porn) R*] ... cinematic cyanide cussfest, sexfest, skinfest, blasphemous gorefest

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Summit Entertainment, Millennium Films, Michael De Luca Productions, Nu Image Films, Saturn Films, Paradise F.X. Corp.
Distribution (US): Summit Home Entertainment
Director(s): Patrick Lussier
Producer(s): René Besson, Ed Cathell III, Boaz Davidson, Michael De Luca, Danny Dimbort, Joe Gatta, Avi Lerner, Diego J. Martinez, Trevor Short
Written by: Todd Farmer, Patrick Lussier
Cinematography/Camera: Brian Pearson
Music: Michael Wandmacher
Film Editing: Devin C. Lussier
Casting: Nancy Nayor
Production Design: Nathan Amondson
Art Direction: Zach Bangma, William Budge
Viewed on Summit Home Entertainment DVD

I thought I had made a mistake once, but I was wrong. However, I now need to scratch my "perfect record" and admit to a big mistake -- analyzing this film. I figured, though this film is rated R (some "Rs" become "PGs" or "PG-13s" when the profanity is filtered out), that since this film stars Nicholas Cage it should be of at least as high quality and caliber as his other films such as National Treasure ... that was my mistake.

I have been toying with completely rejecting any film rated R from our analysis service, especially since "R" has become more and more decrepit since the development of the CAP Analysis Model. This film almost pushed me over that threshold. But doing so would corrupt the mathematical integrity of the model that was developed and tested on G, PG, PG-13 and R-rated films. I would no longer be able to credibly say, for example, a PG-13 film earned a final score in the range of scores earned by R-rated films: that a PG-13 should have been rated R; a R-13. But the Apostle Paul did not select which matters of sin on which he shared God's Word in Corinth so how can I? I am already challenging that standard because I will not permit this ministry to analyze any NC-17/X film, but a line has to be drawn somewhere.

At any rate, Drive Angry is in every sense of the matter an R-rated film. I will share with you the findings of feeding this sin-ematic cyanide to the CAP Analysis Model because of the teen popularity of other similarly titled films, titles such as The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and 2Fast 2Furious, each rated PG-13 [R-13]. On a sidenote about the inlfuence of modern entertainment, I wish all of you could have witnessed the driving quality of the attendees before and after attending 2Fast 2Furious at the theater. Before the film played, the parking lot and roads were quiet. After the film there were parallel black streaks all over the parking lot and I could hear screeching tires and sirens nearby and far off in the distance as the 2Stupid 2Reckless young drivers emulated the movie characters.

Well, the number crunching is done and all I can say is wow! The only thing with which I am impressed is the realization I can still keep up with the deluge of assaults on morality and decency. There were 226 individual assaults on morality and decency (six log pages!) of some form or another in the 96 minutes of the movie. That is 2.4 per minute! If I viewed the program onscreen I doubt I could have kept up with it all but I viewed it on DVD and was able to pause it occasionally to facilitate annotating the findings.

Of the six investigation areas used by the CAP analysis model, five of them found content to earn zero scores! The only one that earned a non-zero score was Drugs/Alcohol and it earned a R-equivalent score of 51. I don't know what causes the NC-17 or X ratings (and don't want to know) but I suspect this film should have been so rated. The Influence Density (ID) figure of 5.00 should be enough to convince you to keep this film away from your family. R-rated features in the comparative baseline database earned ID figures of 0.78 to 2.04.

Mothers and fathers, my suggestion is that you protect your youth (and yourselves) from this cinematic cyanide cussfest, sexfest, skinfest, blasphemous gorefest. That is, of course, my subjective opinion.

John Milton (Nicholas Cage) is an escapee from Hell. His mission is to protect his infant granddaughter from becoming a ritual sacrifice of a Satanic cult.

There is nothing more I will say about this film except that I hope to never be exposed to such sin-ema again. There will be none of the usual individual investigation area content findings discussions. Let the Selected Scriptures below suffice. I want to be free of this film as soon as possible.


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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 [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 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.]


    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.)

    Drive Angry (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • reckless driving, repeatedly
  • failure to obey automatic traffic signals
  • gunfire to kill, frequent
  • traffic collision
  • firearms for offensive
  • gunfire amputation of right hand
  • assault to face
  • theft
  • gunfire to maim
  • trauma injuries
  • gunfire and other trauma injury gore, frequent
  • fiery explosion to destroy body
  • fighting/beating, some brutal
  • kidnapping of infant
  • impalement assault
  • order to kill, repeatedly
  • gunfire killing with gore, repeatedly
  • physical assault, repeatedly
  • gunfire injury to face, repeatedly
  • pistol whipping
  • reckless endangerment, repeatedly
  • long pursuit to kill
  • killing by explosion, two
  • dead bodies, repeatedly
  • tale of personal horror
  • felony evasion
  • long sequences of action violence of varying intensity, repeatedly, most with killing
  • knife threat to throat, repeatedly
  • infant sacrifice ritual
  • long sequence of many killings

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 54 uses of profanity
  • 63 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • background song of defiance and rebellion with profanity
  • sex song with profanity
  • lie

    Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
  • vulgar gesture
  • sex offer
  • vulgar touch
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, frequent
  • pose and/or camera angle to focus viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • intercourse with nudity, repeatedly
  • full female nudity, frequent, some scenes of multiple women
  • full male nudity, repeatedly
  • forced oral sex
  • threat to castrate
  • anatomical references, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 51 out of 100
  • "I could use a drink"
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • smoking dope
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunken revelry

    Offense to God (O) - Zer
  • out of 100
  • five uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 8 without
  • satanic cult behaviors, repeatedly
  • claim to be the next Messiah
  • pentagram (See Back to School Special for more information)
  • painting of evil "Jesus"
  • satanism, repeatedly
  • "Funny. He [Satan] never mentioned you"
  • unholy healing
  • nude satanic dancing
  • "Even in Hell there is compassion"
  • portraying evil demon as "good guy"
  • portrayal of escaping from Hell
  • portrayal of returning to Hell to escape again

    Murder/Suicide (M) - Zero out of 100
  • gunfire murder with gore, frequent
  • blade murder with gore
  • murder by impalement with broken bat, two impalements
  • murder with hoe
  • murder by vehicle

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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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