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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] (88.4min)

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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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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] ... But no one believed her

Production (US): Summit Entertainment, Lakeshore Entertainment, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Distribution (US): Summit Entertainment
Director(s): Heitor Dhalia
Producer(s): Andre Lamal, Eric Reid, Ted Gidlow, Bruce Toll, Jim Tauber, Matt Berenson, Sidney Kimmel, Dan Abrams, Chris Salvaterra, Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucceshi
Written by: Allison Burnett
Cinematography/Camera: Michael Grady
Music: David Buckley
Film Editing: John Axelrad
Casting: Deborah Aquia, Tricia Wood
Production Design: Charisse Cardenas
Viewed on Summit Entertainment Home DVD

Forrest Park in Oregon seems to be rather popular for Jim LaPointe (Socratis Otto) ... and his victims. One of them is Jillian Tyler Conway (Amanda Seyfried). Another victim is her younger college student sister, Molly (Emily Wickersham).

Jill had lost her parents within a couple months of each other just last year and has suffered emotional breakdown. She is under therapy and medication. Soon after being treated Jill was abducted but had escaped her captor. But no one believed her.

One morning when Jill arrives home after all-night work Molly is gone. Jill, who had borrowed Molly's car, is convinced that the abductor thought it was Jill at home alone since only Jill's car was in the driveway. Jill is convinced the abductor was back to get her since she is the only survivor of the abductor and knew some things about him he did not want anyone to know.

After frantic dealings with the unbelieving police, Jill took matters into her own hands to locate her sister before her abductor kills her. Armed with a handgun and a few dollars, Jill starts her search.

In keeping with the 14-year trend (so far), this PG-13 is another R-13. Since R-rated films in the comparative baseline database earned final scores 54 and below out of 100 and since this film earned a final score of 45 ...


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
The list of violence/crime findings is rather extensive. While it would be advisable to inspect the listing of violence/crime findings to get a full discovery of the violence/crime content, I will summarize a few points of findings here. Several times the film displays flashback scenes of Jill's abduction and captivity, graphically. Twice Jill is guilty of felony evasion as she runs from the police and commits a number of traffic violations in the process, including endangerment and driving without consideration of the safety and property of others. Jill displays the firearm she carries several times and shoots her captor with it three times. One of her captor's previous victims is seen being thrown into the pit and a decayed woman's body is seen as are bones from previous victims.

Some might think "That's what I would do if my sister were abducted and the police did not believe me." Maybe it is because of films like these that lead some to think that way. Indeed, in Proverb 16:29 God warns of that influence of violence, that it is enticing and can lead one into the way that is not good. Further, four professional public health agencies echo God, probably without knowing it, by warning that violence in and as entertainment can, among other things, lead the viewer, especially the young, to real life violence and to believe that violence is an effective means of settling conflict.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
There are 23 uses of profanity in the 88.4 minutes of this show, one of the is the most foul of the foul words. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 5:4] The number of uses of profanity is enough to warrant the R-equivalence of the content found by this investigation area but the plethora of lying cinches the R-equivalence. [Rev. 21:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 59 out of 100
Seyfried (or a stand-in) displays her full nudity behind a translucent shower curtain. The clothing she wore after her shower displayed ghosting of her female anatomy. Another character sought sexual favor and a cop showed sexual interest in Jill. Molly's boyfriend had intimate knowledge of Molly. A vulgar anatomical reference, a suggestion of a "gay" pair living together, a sexual conversation and a camera angle/pose to force the viewer on private parts topped off the sexually immoral content of this film. [Gal. 5:19]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 92 out of 100
The only items of findings applicable to this content investigation area were an offer of illegal drugs, an illegal drug reference and a forced injection to subdue.

Offense to God (O) - 40 out of 100
Eleven times God's name is abused, one of them with the four letter expletive. There are no portrayals of sorcery, witchcraft, occultism, Satanism or the like but the 11 abuses of God's name were enough to make the content found by this investigation area R-equivalent. [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 89 out of 100
There was portrayal of only one murder seen in the film but it was indeed graphic. SPOILER: Jill defeated her abductor with three gunshots. But that wasn't enough. She dumped kerosene on him while he lay at the bottom of the pit she knew so well, still alive, and set fire to him.



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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.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers (sexually immoral), and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; ...
  • 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 even if as a euphemism. 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.]

    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.)

    Gone (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • flashbacks to abduction/assaults, repeatedly
  • beating
  • firearm for offensive use, repeatedly
  • missing younger sister
  • reckless vehicular endangerment to pursue
  • illegal entry
  • firearm threat, repeatedly
  • vehicular assault
  • gunfire to break lock
  • felony evasion, repeatedly
  • aiding and abetting
  • decaying body of young woman
  • woman falsely confined to an earthen pit
  • injury by defensive gunfire, repeatedly
  • firearm threat to force information
  • gruesome evidence of previous murders

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 23 uses of profanity, one of which is the most foul of the foul words
  • lying, frequent

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 59 out of 100
  • full female nudity through shower translucent curtain
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • seeking immoral sex
  • vulgar anatomical reference
  • cop showing sexual interest in client
  • boyfriend having intimate knowledge of girlfriend, possible only by sexually immoral behaviors
  • sexual conversation
  • nude male covered by sheets in male's bed
  • camera angle/pose to force viewer ion private parts
  • several scenes of attention to performer wearing "sprayed-on" pants

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 92 out of 100
  • offer of illegal drugs
  • illegal drug reference
  • forced injection to subdue

    Offense to God (O) - 40 out of 100
  • 11 abuses of God's name, once by a teen and once with the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 89 out of 100
  • murder by incineration

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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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