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Ghost Dog (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 27
CAP Influence Density: 3.66
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
*Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai* (R) -- a murderer saved by a murderer from being murdered devoting his life to murdering for the murderer.
There is little else that needs to be said about this nondescript and forgettable movie. But, I will.
*Ghost Dog* was a story about sweet-natured but unbalanced Ghost Dog (Forest Whitaker) who is saved from a street murder by a murderer [Isa. 33:15, 16]. In the way of the Samurai, Dog owes his life to the murderer, Louie (John Tormey) so Dog devotes his life to Louie. Since Italian Louie is a mobster with a killing nature (is there some stereotyping here?), Dog serves his new "master" in whatever way the master wants -- to serve as a hit man [Deut. 27:24, 25]. This "master wanted murder for hire [Matt. 19:18]. And murder was just about the only statement made in this clearly gratuitous movie about murder. Woe to those sensitive to the copycat syndrome. One murder makes me wonder about the minds of the writers -- Dog kills a man by removing the bathroom lavatory soil pipe under a house then shooting up the lavatory drain pipe as the man is shaving [Mark 7:20-23].
Dog lives in a street shanty atop a city building with his pigeons who are his messengers who carry the orders from Louie to kill. One of the subplots presented Dog taking vengeance for some bad guys killing his pigeons. Talking very little except to a little girl and a Haitian street vendor who speaks only French, not much dialogue is presented, thus a relatively low level of intelligence in plot and theme. Too bad, too. This role is unbefitting the quality of Whitaker's past performances. The plot and theme is so Duh! that even Whitaker's talents are lost. Much screen time is spent watching performers stare at the camera. And some screen minutes were spent on rather comic display of Dog whipping his semiautomatic firearm emulating a display of fancy sword flash as he holstered it.
With no less (and probably more) than 20 gunfire murders [Gal. 5:21], there is no room in the already strained America life for this sort of exercise in absolute disregard for human life. The most foul of the foul words sparked out of the script at least 79 times in this 110 minute movie, more than 3 times the number of three/four letter words used. And total servitude to a surrealistic behavior -- the way of the Samurai -- stole reality from Reality: that such a belief could cause a man to commit murder in gratitude is certainly not in accordance with God's wishes.
Please see the Findings/Scoring section below for a full accounting of this movie: for the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):