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(2007), PG [Hard G*] (1hr 37min)

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March 17, 2008
March 21, 2008

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2007), PG [Hasrd G*] ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Discovery Films, FilmFour, Passion Pictures
Distribution (US): THINKFilm
Director(s): David Sington
Presented by: Ron Howard
Producer(s): Simon Andreae, John Battsek, Duncan Copp, Julie Goldman, Sarah Kinsella, Christopher Riley
Cinematography/Camera: Clive North
Music: Philip Sheppard
Film Editing: David Fairhead
Viewed on THINKFilm/Lionsgate DVD

Our astronauts have been to the Moon nine times. In the Shadow of the Moon is a story of the 24 men who have gone to the Moon ... and back. The title of this film is cleverly taken from the account of one man's trip around the Moon. I'll leave it to you to discover the thread.

The following astronauts are present with commentary:

Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Alan Bean, Eugene Cernan, Michael Collins, Charles Duke, Jim Lovell, Edgar D. Mitchell, Harrison Schmitt, Dave Scott and John Young.

These men spoke of their history-making trips to the Moon, a three-days one-way trip of 240,000 miles. Of all the men who have left our atmosphere, only those who have traveled to the Moon have seen the entire circle of the Earth.

Jim Lovell had a poignant perspective. He related that one can hide the Earth and all its glory and troubles behind one's thumb while on the Moon. Charlie Duke of Apollo 16 even tells of finding Christ by what he experienced in his walk on the Moon.

This film is centered around the Apollo missions of the late 60s and the 70s. Part of the story relates the problems the world was having and how they impacted the astronauts. File footage includes archives of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Sam Rayburn and Queen Elizabeth II.

While a few images of warfare and civil unrest freckle the 97 minutes, this is not a violent film. Nor is it sensationalistically graphic. It is best described as a documentary. This film's non-graphic posture is evidenced not only by the G-equivalent final score but by the very low Influence Density score of 0.19.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
The only matters of violence noted were of violent destruction by explosion and fire as the then infant space program lumbered through its early years and suffered a number of setbacks of equipment failure. "Setbacks" might be a nuisance to the commercial world but space program equipment includes thousands of pounds of flammable fuel.

Images were included of the aftermath of the fire in a capsule due to an electrical spark in an environment of 100% oxygen at 16 pounds per square inch pressure, killing three astronauts. And since the film is circa the Vietnam war and all the stateside malcontentism of the era, images of that war are included as are images of a few examples of the massive civil unrest of the time.

Impudence/Hate (I)
Three times the three/four letter word vocabulary is heard. While each might be described as a conversational snippet, each use is not in accordance with His wishes for our communication. [Prov. 22:11, Col. 3:8] Some of the images of civil unrest included images not only of violence but of hate. [Prov. 16:29, Rom. 12:18]

Sexual Immorality (S)
Not one instance of sexually immoral behavior or imagery was noted in the entire 97 minutes.

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
The only presentation of behavior incorporated by this investigation area is smoking. Twice. One time may be of dope by a hippie but whether it was dope or just a cigarette could not b e confirmed. [1 Cor. 6:19 - 20]

Offense to God (O)
Unfortunately, God's name is used in vain five times. And one of the astronauts spoke of evolution, of how the molecules in his body evolved from all that he could see while in space. [Duet. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M)
None were observed since deaths by warfare (bodies unseen) are incorporated by the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area.


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  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy (injurious speech, slander in this use), filthy communication [aischrologia: foul speaking, low and obscene] out of your mouth.
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence, no matter how "small" it might seem and its effect on an observer. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women/characters demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen. Knowing of Prov. 16:29 you now know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also *Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit* . Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Rom. 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 - 20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. [And since one's body is the Temple of Christ abuse of it is ill-advised.]
  • 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 an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 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; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • 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.)

    In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • violent destruction by fire and explosion, multiple
  • the aftermath of fire causing deaths
  • warfare, repeatedly
  • control by firearms

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • images of civil unrest surrounding hate

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D)
  • smoking, twice

    Offense to God (O)
  • five uses of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive
  • talk of evolution, of "oneness"

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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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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