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Highlander: Endgame (2000), (R)
CAP Score: 47
CAP Influence Density: 1.36
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On July 26, 2000 the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry released a joint statement regarding the dangers of violence in entertainment. I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. An exceptionally important statement in the release that deserves your earnest attention is "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." [Emphasis is mine] Another statement in the report is "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." From our five-year 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 joint statement and our findings.

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.


Highlander: Endgame (R) -- "Before Adam and Eve disobeyed God ... there was no mortal death."

God says that evil influence will corrupt good behavior [1 Cor. 15:33]. One day a couple years ago some boys in Sweden were having fun pretending to be Power Rangers(tm) characters. They were swatting and kicking everything that could be envisioned as a bad guy ... even a two year old little girl. She died. Four professional health agencies say violence in movies can lead to violence in real life (see joint statement in the inset above). "Mass Media Violence and US Homicides," from American Sociological Review, 48, 1983, pp. 560-568 revealed that homicides spiked immediately following a televised prize fight and that auto fatalities spiked following publicized suicide stories. It would seem that lots of sources are saying it is not good to view violence as entertainment. I agree, especially with God.

Before Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate of the fruit of which they were forbidden to eat, there was no mortal death. But when they ate of the fruit God had commanded they not eat, then started the process of dying [Gen. 3:3]. True, we will each live forever, but not on the earth. Not even Christopher Lambert or Adrian Paul as 500 year old Conner McLeod and cousin Duncan McLeod, two Scottish Highlanders -- two of a race of Immortaals. One of which, Kell (Bruce Payne), is bent on killing all of them and all of they who are close to Conner, whether Immortal or not. Even the little girl orphaned by war who Conner fostered who later operated Conner's antique shop for him. But there is one big problem. An Immortal cannot die unless his/her head is separated from his/her body. Indeed a few heads rolled in this Highlander: Endgame, the fourth in a series of Highlander movies. But when an Immortal's head rolls at the hands of another Immortal, the "power" of the victim is absorbed by the assailant. And after more 600 Immortal kills, Kell is rather powerful in comparison to Conner who had only killed a couple hundred.

After the father of Kell was killed by Conner in the 16th century, Kell vowed to destroy all who were close to Conner. Doesn't matter that Kell's father was burning Conner's mother at the stake for being a witch. Maybe we are not to suffer a witch to live [Ex. 22:18] but I suspect this would be a good example of he who is without sin may cast the first torch [John 8:7]. But there starts the saga of the battle between Conner and Kell -- a battle "for all eternity." Note that Kell's father, being a holy man of the time, wore the triple Crosses on the heel of his boot, symbolic of Jesus being crucified with the two thieves [Luke 23:41- 46]. And so did his son wear the triple Crosses on his boot heel, but much fancier than those of his father and definitely not for the same reason. Kell was obviously evil wearing symbolism of good [Is. 5:20]. Does that sound familiar?

Of other significant importance to the parent and grandparent is the slicing and dicing, then getting up and walking away, the gunblasts and bullet holes in bodies which walked away, the knife impalement into the chest of a woman who then ran away, the decapitations, dead and impaled bodies, other murders [1John 3:12], sword fights and more [Jonah 3:8]. Also of significant importance to the parent is the nudity and intercourse [Gal. 5:19]. There are other matters of importance regarding media influence I will leave to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section. Note that though this fantasy movie has murder victims getting up and walking away, real murder victims don't. Thus all actions of murder in this movie are treated as such.


  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Gen. 3:3 but God did say, `You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'
  • Ex. 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
  • John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
  • Luke 23:41-46 And we [the two thieves] indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man [Jesus - on the center Cross] hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost [returned the Holy Spirit - that of God which He sent into man to become Jesus; Emanuel].
  • Is. 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
  • 1John 3:12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother's were righteous.
  • Jonah 3:8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;


    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.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Highlander: Endgame (2000) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • witch hunt
  • witch burning
  • several dead bodies strewn about
  • decapitated heads
  • battlefield strewn with impaled bodies
  • many slicings/dicings
  • knife impalement to a woman's chest - graphic
  • sword fights
  • great falls

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 10 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • evil punk appearance
  • brutality

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • aggressive maneuvers using male privates as target
  • brief nudity
  • partial nudity
  • adults in underwear
  • stripping to underwear
  • intercourse with nudity

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • forced injection of drugs to control

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • claims of immortality
  • use of our Lord's Cross by evil
  • face shifting

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder by explosion
  • murders by sword
  • murders by gunfire
  • murders by decapitation
  • suicide to strengthen cohort

  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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