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(2012), NR [Hard PG-NR*] (85.75min)

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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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(2012), NR [Hard PG-NR*] ... a clever and engaging story of accepting Jesus

Production (US): Pure|Flix Entertainment presents a Chankin Entertainment, Sixty40 Productions, Pure|Flix Entertainment Production in association with Kaos Entertainment
Distribution (US): Pure|Flix Entertainment
Director(s): Paul Emami
Producer(s): Joey & Kari Edge, Terry & Mary Mandell, Mitch Yellen, Tom Wise, Renee Malanga-Wise, Scott J. More, GI Film Partners, Mary Totten, Sean Hawkins, Kevin & Jennafer Weary, Michael Scott, Paul Lemami, Chad Hawkins, James Chankin
Written by: Andrea Gyertson Nasfell
Music: Edwin Wendler
Film Editing: Christopher Holmes
Production Design: Mona Nahm
Art Direction: Sittichok Pungkarutanan
Viewed on Pure|Flix Entertainment DVD

Doctors Paul (C. Thomas Howell) and Kim (Anora Lyn) Jordan are still in the throes of losing their little daughter, Madison, aka Maddy. Paul convinces Kim to spend some time helping third world populations. Together they "flee" to the paradisiacal lands of Thailand to begin their escape.

As Doctors Paul and Kim Jordan busy themselves with helping the local people at a Thai clinic, the attention shifts to wealthy Malcom Andrews (John Rhys-Davis) as he pilots his new and fancy boat through the Thai waters. Two lesser boats with armed men commit piracy and kidnap Malcom and steal his boat at gunpoint.

Later at the clinic, a young boy rushes in to announce he needs a doctor for his mother and leads Paul into the alleyways of the city where Paul is kidnapped by the same men who kidnapped Malcom. As it turns out the pirates need a doctor for their captain who is brother to one of the men. The captain has been shot and his wound festers, threatening his life.

So, Dr. Paul does his best to treat the gunshot wound only to be imprisoned by the pirates in order to keep the doctor there to continue treating the captain. While in the makeshift prison Paul finds Malcom in the cell next to his.

There is much more to the story and plot but I will not spoil any more of it. Of particular note is how this film portrays a reluctant believer (Malcom) leads an unbeliever (Paul) to the foot of the Cross: how Jesus will use whatever He wishes to guide us. It is a clever and engaging story of accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. The film does, however, seem to spend an inordinate amount of footage on evil, intimidation and manipulation to present the ultimate point that Salvation is available even in our miseries.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
This area of the content is clearly equivalent to the violence in most R-rated films. The number of instances of assault on morality and decency found by this area are far too many to summarize here. Please look to the listing in the Findings section for a full accounting of all the findings.

But it would be advisable to remind our readers of God's position regarding violence. Of the more than 50 admonishments against violence from Genesis to Revelation, Proverb 16:29 puts His the influence of violence rather succinctly. In Proverb 16:29 God warns that violence is "catching": that it can lead one into a way that is not good. In addition, since God "published" His Word man has plagiarized God's Word by four professional public health agencies publishing their findings which warn that viewing violence in and as entertainment can, among other things, lead the viewer, especially the young to real life violence and can lead the viewer to believe violence is an effective means of settling conflict.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 88 out of 100
The only instance of impudence/hatred found was the use of a child to abet kidnapping. While many situations and behavioral portrayals in the film may seem to fit into impudence/hate, all the other instances were embedded within or smothered by violence and/or criminal behavior. The CAP Analysis Model permits incorporation of an instance of assault on morality and decency into only one content investigation area. An example of violence which also seems to be impudence and/or hatred may be incorporated into only one content investigation area. No duplication is assured.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 92 out of 100
The only matter of sexually immoral behavior and/or imagery was two times one of the pirates looked upon a captive girl with sexual intent. [1 John 2:16]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 77 out of 100
Smoking is frequent for a while. The writers had the characters use what looked to be whiskey as an anesthetic and antiseptic.

Offense to God (O) - 84 out of 100
Toward the beginning of the show, Paul resisted or at least visually disapproved of Kim's reaching out for faith. Twice Malcom and Paul engaged in blaming God for the evils of the world and the misery they had suffered.

A word about blaming God for the evils in the world. Let us take for example the drunk driver that killed a little girl. It was not God's Will that the little girl die or be harmed in any way. It was the choice of the drunk driver that caused the death. He exercised his God-given free will to drink and to drive while drunk. Certainly God could have stopped the drunk from drinking or driving but that would have required God to take away the drunk driver's freedom of choice. God will not do that. It would be difficult if at all possible to name even one instance of evil, harm or the like that was not caused by someone's freedom of choice somewhere somehow. God did not let the little girl die. The drunk driver killed her by his freedom of choice for which he, not God, is accountable.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 77 out of 100
There are two murders in this film. Once exceptionally brutal by knife and once by gunfire.



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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • 1 John 2:16 For everything in the world -the cravings of sinful man [lust of his flesh], the lust of his eyes [which includes that which makes him lust, e.g., images and talk], and the boasting of what he has and does -comes not from the Father but from the world. [The "world" here is kosmos {kos'-mos}: the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men and women alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 - 10 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down. [The "destroyers form within" do not have to be army warriors. They can be the ones who destroy through corruption of moral standards as well, such as filmmakers who perpetuate desensitization against wholesome standards. They aren't going anywhere, folks. Not until Jesus comes again.]
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to 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 [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. And remember, mom/dad, "little ones" is mikros, meaning less by birth; younger. All of your children are younger than you and less by birth than you. So, "little ones" includes 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.)

    Escape (2012) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • multiple firearms for assault, defense and control
  • gunfire to intimidate
  • piracy at gunpoint
  • boat theft at gunpoint
  • kidnapping at gunpoint, twice
  • firearm threat, frequent
  • theft of personal property at gunpoint
  • physical assault, repeatedly
  • bloody injuries, repeatedly
  • assault fight
  • firearm to the face, repeatedly
  • gunshot injury festering
  • action violence - chase, twice
  • medical procedure without anesthetic, intense pain
  • human trafficking
  • tale of gunfire murder
  • caging men, repeatedly
  • holding at gunpoint, repeatedly
  • scene of death
  • defensive assault
  • pursuit to kill, long sequence
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly, including with automatic firearms
  • man caught in animal trap
  • defensive killing
  • scene of dying
  • scene of intense grief at loss of loved one

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 88 out of 100
  • using child to abet kidnapping

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 92 out of 100
  • lustful gaze with obvious intent, twice

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 77 out of 100
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • booze used as anesthetic

    Offense to God (O) - 84 out of 100
  • husband resisting wife's faith
  • portrayal of God letting bad things happen
  • sequence of blaming God for the evils in the world, twice

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 77 out of 100
  • knife murder
  • gunfire murder

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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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