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Hollow Man (2000), (R)
CAP Score: 27
CAP Influence Density: 3.60
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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 child 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 of the four public health associations 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.


Hollow Man (R) -- Kevin Bacon was not all that was hollow.

If hollowness is absence, this movie was hollow of morality and ethics. With a score of 27 and an ID of 3.60, it is NOT a family movie. But then it is rated R. But then how many of us trust the MPAA ratings anymore? Hollow Man was hardcore R with nudity, both male and female (more full-spectrum male nudity than female nudity) and with 40 uses of the most foul of the foul words plus 43 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus 21 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive plus 14 uses of it without the four letter expletive. Too bad, too. Hollow Man presented some innovative and state-of-the-art computer generated imagery of animal and human internal anatomy. I'm just an ex-medic, not a doctor but the representation of human innards sure looked accurate to me for the most part. The 3-D imagery of the circulatory system was most impressive. I wish I had such a tool available in Physiology/Anatomy.

At the opening of the show a rat became a bloody munchy for an invisible predator; the blood making the predator visible. And this begins the amazing computer generated imagery and the "flavor" of the show. Experimentation into making humans invisible AND making them visible again gave justification for experimenting on a zoo of animals. One of them, a great ape, was a "predecessor" of Kevin Bacon as Dr. Sebastian Caine, the brains of the project. Those of us who find gore replulsive would indeed be offended by Hollow Man but those of us who look for fine details in imagery would not be disappointed as the ape was brought back to visibility, organ by organ, vessel by vessel, bone by bone, almost hair by hair. But something went unnoticed during the ape's return to visiblity -- she reacted atypically hostile.

Since experimentation on animals was "successful" the next logical step in the project was to experiment on a human. Not wanting to endanger any of the team, Dr. Caine arranged for himself to be the first to try the process. One note I did make was the flow of character changes in Caine from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde (rather, Mr. No hide). Bacon was masterful. The character was transformed very smoothly from a light character of arrogant disregard for the rules to a dark and evil character. And this could not have been as easy task since most of Bacon's participation in this flick was as a disembodied voice, a mask-covered unknown, or a computer-generated figure of blood and guts -- and muscle and bone and tendon and lungs and intestines, just no skin. And, yes, the anatomy of this computer-generated figure of a nude male was accurate in every sense. And so was the infrared imagery of the Bacon (or his stand-in) as the invisible Caine.

Of course, Caine (rather, Bacon) had to be nude to be invisible which makes one wonder how he pocketed his apartment keys after sneaking out of protective confinement to get a whiff of the world again. And how did he activate the thumb print security system to get back in? But in other scenes was attention to detail that even presented invisible vomitus as he experienced nausea from the "phase shift from quantum sync with the universe." I suppose the idea is credible since electromagnetic radiations including light -- the radiation which enables us to see -- can be generated at the subatomic level, generally by energy adsorption during exoenergetic excitation of electrons to a higher energy state and then emitted as visible light as the electrons naturally fall back to ground state. And if we shift the frequency of light generation out of sync with the universal constant ....... If I remember Physics, I don't believe anything I've said is wrong, but that does not make selective manipulation of light to create invisibility feasible. It's just a movie.

Elisabeth Shue as Dr. Linda McKay is rather atypical in this flick. As Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich deviated from her typically somewhat wholesome roles, so did Elizabeth Shue in this Hollow Man. Shue and Roberts each certainly had a way with word in these roles. They may be "just acting" but it takes a mouth to form that word (and many others of foul stature). McKay is one of two heroes of the day. With the rather cardboard character of Josh Brolin as Dr. [somebody] floundering about in the shadow of Caine, Shue manages to generate a little excitement as she wanders through peril after peril, slips and slides as she maneuvers across a blood-covered floor, fights off sexual advances, and loses part of her right shoulder to a falling elevator--with Brolin at her side. And, of course, as a woman Shue was exploited as were other actresses.

Much of the ignominy in Hollow Man is sexual programming. Examples of these ignominy in addition to those already mentioned include cohabitation, a man and a woman in bed together (more than once) with licking, magazine nudity, inappropriate touch (even of a dead body), and rape (though the act is unseen). The admonitions in the Bible against sexual immorality may be summed up as "Any sexual activity, contact (including visual), or conduct outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful." The phrase "sexual immorality" appears in the NIV Bible 19 times and none of them excuse or condone such behavior. One verse which describes with finality the dangers of unforgiven sexual immorality quite well is Jude 7.

Also contributing to the majority of ignominy in Hollow Man was violence [Prov. 4:17; Prov. 10:6; Prov. 3:31-32]. Examples of violence in Hollow Man include incineration of a human character, four graphic murders, animal attacks and animal brutality, and injury gore plus several forms of terror. And leading the pack in ignominious programming was the nearly complete saturation of the script with foul, vulgar, and just plain dirty language. [Prov. 8:13; Exod. 20:7]

And the 7, 8 and 9 year old kids in the audience make me want to continue to provide movie information to as many parents and grandparents as possible who have come to trust the advertisements more than the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating.


  • (KJV) 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
  • Prov. 4:17 For [wicked and evil men] eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
  • Prov. 10:6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, (32) for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.


    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: Hollow Man (2000) CAP Thermometers

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • graphic killing of a rat by an invisible animal, made visible by the blood
  • animal attacks
  • biological/anatomical gore
  • animal brutality
  • human attacks of other humans
  • injury gore
  • attempted murder by freezing
  • attempted murder by incineration
  • beating of a woman by a man
  • falling, crushing, incineration terror
  • threats and intimidation by fear

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 43 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 40 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • encouragement to defy rules
  • speaking of sexual immorality and invasion as normal and acceptable

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • brief and/or partial nudity, both male and female
  • full nudity, male, repeatedly
  • adults in underwear
  • man and woman in bed repeatedly with fondling and licking and vulgar talk
  • cohabitation
  • suggestive eye movements
  • vulgar sex story for attempted humor
  • inappropriate touch with nudity
  • woman on a commode
  • vulgar touch
  • porn mag with picture nudity
  • sex talk, innuendo and comments
  • adult undressing to underwear
  • woman in shower
  • ghosting of female anatomy through thin clothing
  • rape attack (actual rape unseen)
  • inappropriate touch of dead body (necrophilia)
  • actor exposing himself to actresses with "Come on, ladies. This is science."

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • multiple occurrences of "I am God" by humans and variations of it.
  • 21 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 14 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • drowning murder
  • strangulation murder
  • murder by neck break
  • murder by impalement

  • (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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