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(2004), PG-13 -- ... another PG-13 which is no more 13 than I am.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 2929 Productions, Artists Production Group
Distribution (US): Lions Gate
Director(s): Nick Hamm
Producer(s): Christopher Briggs, Michael Burns, Marc Butan, Mark Canton, Mark Cuban, Jon Feltheimer, Eric Kopeloff, Steve Mitchell, Sean O'Keefe, Robert Ortiz, Michael Paseornek, Cathy Schulman, Todd Wagner
Written by: Mark Bomback
Cinematography/Camera: Kramer Morgenthau
Music: Brian Tyler
Film Editing: Niven Howie, Steve Mirkovich
Casting: Sarah Finn, Stephanie Gorin, Randi Hiller
Production Design: Doug Kraner
Art Direction: Arvinder Grewal, Nicolas Lepage
Viewed At: Hollywood Theaters South Freeway, 301 Rendon-Crowley Road, Burleson, Texas 817-295-0559
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Adam (Cameron Bright), the eight year old son of high school biology teacher Paul Duncan and writer Jessie (Greg Kinnear and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) is killed by a freak traffic wreck caused by a rude bike rider in inner city streets. A car driver swerved to miss the rude bike rider and was then catapulted onto young Adam.
Before Adam's body is cold, Dr. Richard Wells (Robert De Niro), a modern Dr. Frankenstein exploits the Duncans with promises of a new Adam just like the previous Adam. Wells is a genius who made his millions with a medical break-through a number of years earlier then founded the Godsend Institute, a medical research facility which, behind the scenes, experimented with cloning. And that was Wells' promise to the Duncans ... a clone of Adam.
All seemed to be going well with the new Adam until he reached the age at which the original Adam died. Wells promised the new Adam would be an identical version of the original Adam but warned the Duncans that no one knew what would happen when the clone reached the age when the host died.
Aside from the intriguing medical and scientific aspects of cloning, the moral aspects are unprecedented and threaten playing God with having power over life itself though. As Wells put it, cloning is creating life from life. Nonetheless, morally speaking, the implications of creating a new sentient being from other sentient beings is playing God. And we are not God. [Rev. 1:8, 22:13]
Wells artificially implanted genetically manipulated material from the first Adam into an egg in Jessie where it grew as would any fertilized egg into a fetus into a living child ... into the new Adam. And the procedure shown to accomplish the implantation was not entirely modest of the writers or of Romijn-Stamos or of De Niro.
Early on, Godsend is packed with enough emotional energy to adequately impart the weight of the loss of an only child to the uselessness of biker arrogance and to impart the depth of temptation to bend the rules to get back what was lost. Other than that it is a regular and routine thriller wannabe. There is likely nothing as memorable as, for example, "I see dead people" or "When the wolfbane blooms..."
But Godsend is another PG-13 which is no more 13 than I am. A child murders his mother with a hammer (the impact is, fortunately, not seen). A child attempts murder with an axe. A child is murdered by a lethal blow. Children are seen trapped in a burning room. Many things are seen that could invade the thinking of the child, causing his/her thinking to take on a new direction or shape. [Phil. 4:8] By the way, "child" includes the at-home teen.
Foul language, though lighter than many PG-13s, was present nonetheless at eight uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. God's name is used in vain seven times with the four letter expletive and nine times without it, once by a child. While alcoholic beverages were noted only twice, one time was at a children's party. A b_a_d combination in view of the American College of Physicians proving that the influence of booze in and as entertainment clearly leads to abuse of booze by adolescent viewers. [Eph. 5:18]
Please inspect the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before deciding whether to let your 13 year olds watch this film.
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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 heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
Kids, Teens and Home Vertical Portal
|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 more than eight 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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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