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(2011), R [Hardcore (Porn) R*] (1hr 36min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
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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
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.)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 51 out of 100
Offense to God (O) - Zer
Murder/Suicide (M) - Zero out of 100
|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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G equivalence: G
PG equivalence: PG-G
PG-13 equivalence: 13-G
R equivalence: R-G<
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G equivalence: G-PG
PG equivalence: PG
PG-13 equivalence: 13-PG
R equivalence: R-PG
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G equivalence: G-13
PG equivalence: PG(13)
PG-13 equivalence: PG-13
R equivalence: R-13
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G equivalence: G-R
PG equivalence: PG-R
PG-13 equivalence: 13-R
R equivalence: R
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G equivalence: G-NR
PG equivalence: PG-NR
PG-13 equivalence: 13-NR
R equivalence: R-NR