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(2011), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (2hr 3.75min)

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October 10, 2011
October 10, 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.

(2011), PG-13 [Hard R-13*]

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Universal Pictures, Original Film, One Race Productions
Distribution (US): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Director(s): Justin Lin
Producer(s): Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell, Thomas Hayslip, Amanda Lewis, Justin Lin, Neal H. Moritz, Fernando Serzedelo, Leeann Stonebreaker, Samantha Vincent
Written by: Chris Morgan
Characters: Gary Scott Thompson
Cinematography/Camera: Stephen F. Windon
Music: Brian Tyler
Film Editing: Kelly Matsumoto, Fred Raskin, Christian Wagner
Casting: Debra Zane
Production Design: Peter Wenham
Art Direction: Beat Frutiger, Andrew Neskoromny, Thomas Valentine
Viewed on Universal Studios Home Entertainment DVD

After the movie was over (it is too long) and I shuffled all the note logs I found there were six pages of notes. I thought to myself "What's the use? It's going to be another R-13. Why bother with all the calculations?" But my consistency won and I decided to go ahead and do the work. Well!? If I am going to go to the trouble to sit through over two hours of crash-crash, shoot-em-up I may as well take the time to finish the report on what I found.

From the looks of the content of this PG-13 film "R" has gone bye-bye and has been replaced with PG-13. Five of the six CAP content investigation areas (W, I, S, D, O) each found content equivalent to R-rated films. The other content investigation (M) areas found content to be PG-13 equivalent and it is just three points out of 12 above the top of the scoring range earned by R-rated films. So, this PG-13 film is 83% R and 17% close to R

The listing in the Findings/Scoring section took too much time. I will not take the time to go through a summary commentary as I usually do beyond telling you the story is about robbery by criminals who are glorified in their robbery since they steal from a criminal. In my subjective opinion, the best thing about this movie was the color of the DVD case background. And this is the first time I can remember seeing Vin Diesel and The Rock (Swayne Johnson) facing off.


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

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Violence and criminal activity are thick. Gunfire to kill. Gunfire killing. Torture confinement. Action violence sequences several minutes long and quite intense. There are simply too many examples of assault on morality and ethics in the film to even summarize here. Please look to the listing in the Findings section for a complete accounting of the violence/crime content.

For those who have seen this film and those who will, I feel led to repeat God's warning and man's warning about violence in and as entertainment. God warns us in Proverb 16:29 that violence is "catching", that it can lead one "into the way that is not good." Man warns us that viewing violence in and as entertainment can, among other things, lead the viewer, especially the young, into real life violence and can lead one to believe that violence is an acceptable way to settle conflict. Now that God and man are in agreement, don't you think it would be a good idea to listen.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Fifty four times someone utters some form of profanity. These are in addition to a number of uses of the most foul of the foul words. [Col.3:8, Eph. 5:4] Massive tattoos are present on a number of characters. I wonder whether filmmakers know what they are communicating with their plastering of tattoos on story characters. Quick! Think of the type of individual a film performer portrays who displays massive tattoos. It is typically the portrayal of a criminal or a jail or prison inmate, right? [Lev. 19:28] Having served as a jailhouse medic I can attest to Hollywood's stereotyping.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 16 out of 100
For the most part, women in this film are objects of visual display, toys or ornaments, wearing little from the waist down. Women in street gatherings and beaches are best known not for their faces but for their posteriors for we see more of their posteriors than we see of their faces.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 19 out of 100
1) Booze and drinking are relatively frequent. 2) This film is PG-13 (meaning young teens and older adolescents). One plus two is not a good mix. The American College of Physicians (ACP) found in 2002 that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions. [Eph. 5:18]

    There is nothing to say that viewing smoking in and as entertainment does not carry the same danger of influence as viewing drinking. Actually, the same matter of behavior influence applies to any behavior demonstrated in and as entertainment, including good behavior.

    Offense to God (O) - 22 out of 100
    Six times someone abuses God's name with the four letter expletive and six times without. God is not slack on the consequences of using His name in vain. [Deut. 5:11] It would seem that the filmmakers are trying to tell us with this film that crime does pay. Each of the key players are $11,000,000 richer for their work. It doesn't seem to matter that God is not sanguine about ill-gotten gain. [Hab. 2:9]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 57 out of 100
    There are portrayals of at least seven murders. Note that the vast number of defensive killings or deaths by police action portrayed in this film are not applicable to this content investigation area. They are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) content investigation area.


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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.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Lev. 19:28 Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD. [A body piercing cannot be made unless there is cutting involved. And "dead" in "for the dead" is nephesh which includes "seat of the appetites" and "seat of emotions and passions" and "activity of the will."]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!

    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 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; 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.)

    Fast Five (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • action violence of varying intensities, frequent, some graphic
  • jailbreak from moving bus by wrecking it
  • firearms for offensive/control, multiple, frequent
  • planning crime, repeatedly, extensive
  • pick pocketing
  • breaking and entering, repeatedly
  • car theft, repeatedly
  • gunfire to kill, frequent
  • fighting, frequent
  • attempted murder by torch and gunfire, repeatedly
  • torture confinement
  • three criminal killings in robbery
  • felony evasion, throughout
  • assault, repeatedly
  • firearm standoff
  • gunfire killing, repeatedly
  • beating, repeatedly
  • dead bodies, repeatedly
  • gunfire killings, at least 29
  • firearm threat to the head
  • reckless driving to evade and for recreation, repeatedly
  • corrupt police force
  • planting explosive
  • jewelry theft off owner
  • armed pursuit, repeatedly
  • gunfire injury with blood
  • gun battle with police, repeatedly
  • theft of $100,000,000

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 54 uses of profanity
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words, one of them a euphemism
  • massive tattoos, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 16 out of 100
  • pregnancy by immoral sex (unmarried)
  • painting nudity
  • open face kissing with chewing motions
  • anatomical reference, repeatedly
  • rude gaze
  • booty call
  • sexual reference, repeatedly
  • multiple women in underwear
  • man on commode
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • rear female nudity
  • inappropriate touch, repeatedly
  • women as toys/ornaments

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 19 out of 100
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O) - 22 out of 100
  • 6 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 6 without
  • reveling in ill-gotten gain, multiple

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 57 out of 100
  • at least seven murders

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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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