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(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] (82.45min)

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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.

(2011), PG-13 [R-13*] ... No sex, no cussing, no blasphemy. But that does not make it "safe."

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Pure|Flix Entertainment in association with 10 West Studios
Distribution (US): Pure|Flix Entertainment
Director(s): Harold Cronk
Producer(s): Brittany Lefebvre, Tom Saab, Carl G. M. Nelson, David Cuddy, William Tailford, Jay Richardson, Elizabeth Travis, Matthew Tailford, James Chankin, Michael Scott, Russell Wolfe, David A. R. White, Byron Jones
Based on the book by Dr. John Hagee
Story by: John Hagee, David Michael Phelps
Screen Story by: David Harris, David A. R. White
Written by: David Harris, Harold Cronk, Matthew Tailford
Cinematography/Camera: Todd Barron
Music: Jeehun Hwang
Film Editing: Vance Null
Casting: Billy Damota
Production Design: James Cunningham
Viewed on Pure|Flix Home Entertainment DVD

Israel is disintegrating bit by bit, rather acre by acre. Peace talks are breaking down. There are many that feel the peace talks should never happen. Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq -- all claim to want peace with Israel but at a price ... real estate. Israel real estate. An evil alliance between Russia and Iran is going to ensure Israel does not survive.

A Russian cook and operative explains the alliance between Russia and Iran is going to destroy America by collapsing our government and financial institutions using seven nuclear weapons - the Seven Wonders, "suitcase nukes" - each of which a single person can deploy and detonate, thus destroying our ability to befriend and protect Israel, leaving Israel open to the political vultures of the middle East and the new world order.

The Seven Wonders have been smuggled into American by a washed-up arms dealer named Alrin Rockwell (Lee Majors). Shane Daughtry (David A. R. White), assisted by Eve Rearden (Anna Zielinski), both agents of the FBI, has been charged with finding and securing the Seven Wonders.

Jerusalem Countdown is a film based in faith in Jesus as Lord and resurrected Savior. And there is not one bit of sexually immoral behavior or imagery in the entire 82.45 minutes of the show. Nor is there one single use of profanity or abuse of God's name. No sex, no cussing, no blasphemy. But that does not make it "safe." Much cleaner than the typical PG-13 but not "safe."

This film earned a final score of 52, placing it two points into the range of scores earned by R-rated movies in the comparative baseline database (54 and below out of 100). It earned G-equivalence in the Impudence/Hate (I), Sexual Immorality (S) and Offense to God content investigation areas but R-equivalence in the Wanton Violence/Crime (W), Drugs/Alcohol (D) and Murder/Suicide (M) areas. Jerusalem Countdown is a R-13. A "lite" R-13 but a R-13 nonetheless.

On a side note, I've read a number of the reviews of this film posted on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). One of the threads was titled "Why such hateful reviews?" In that thread were several quite hateful and what might be called vicious comments about this film, especially by those who stated they were not Christian. I came away from that experience with the feeling that this film must have something good to say to the Christian for it to garner such hatred from nonChristians. Yes, some of the things the film had to say could maybe have been said better or more powerfully but Jerusalem Countdown is not a mega-million dollar production by highly seasoned filmmakers. Although how something is said often has more to say about what is being said than the words used to say it, much of what is being said is still noteworthy, thought-provoking and maybe Seed-planting. How many souls must be reached for what is said and how it is said is "good?"

With that understood, this is not a film for everyone of any age stratum. I suspect it would be helpful for mom/dad to inspect this report, especially the Findings/Scoring section, before deciding on which or if any age stratum this film is fit.


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
Civil chaos. Gunfire to kill, repeatedly. Orders to assassinate. Gun battles. Dead bodies. These are just examples of the violence/criminal content of this film. It is easily equivalent to the violence content of many R-rated films. No gore but intense violence at times. the violence content of this film is too extensive to summarize it in this brief discussion. Please look to the listing in the Findings section for a full accounting of the violence/crime content.

There is more than enough violence in this film to remind our readers of God's Word regarding violence. God warns of the influence of violence in many verses. Proverb 16:29 says it quite succinctly. In Proverb 16:29 God warns that violence is "catching": that violence can lead one into the way that is not good. God warns in 1 Cor. 15:33 of evil communication, which includes violence, corrupting good behavior. Lo and behold, man has echoed God's Word, likely without knowing it, by publishing findings that warn of violence in and as entertainment can, among other things, lead the viewer, especially the young, to real life violence and can lead the viewer to believe violence is an effective means of settling conflict.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 88 out of 100
There is not one utterance of profanity throughout the 82.45 minutes of this program, furthering the fact that profanity is unnecessary. Indeed, the only content of this film applicable to this investigation area are the attempt to argue away one's accountability for wrongdoing, the marital argument with disrespect and the corrupt cop.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
There is not one smidgeon of sexually immoral behavior or imagery throughout the entire film.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 35 out of 100
In the film we see alcoholic beverages, drinking of them (repeatedly), a pack of cigarettes, forced drugging of a FBI detainee and a bar. We also hear one of the characters express desire for the effects of alcohol. That the writer had the character embrace desire for the effects of alcohol (the attitude) closely invokes the findings of the American College of Physicians (ACP) who found that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The report entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions. [Eph. 5:18]

    There is nothing to say that viewing smoking in and as entertainment does not carry the same danger of influence as viewing drinking. Actually, the same matter of behavior modification applies to any behavior demonstrated in and as entertainment, including good behavior.

    Offense to God (O) - 88 out of 100
    The only content of this film applicable to this investigation area are characters mocking the Scriptures (which is the Word of God thus figuratively God Himself) [Gal. 6:7] and several discussions about doubting or rejecting God which leads to eternal damnation [Mark 16:15 - 16]. While these cinematic devices may be necessary for the story and plot to progress the way the writers intend and may actually awaken the interest of the hearer into looking into faith in God, the discussions could backfire and give motivation to the uncertain or uncommitted to question the mystery of the Gospel and faith in the Sacrifice of the One who spent three days in Hell so we would not have to spend one moment there.

    Murder/Suicide (M) - Zero out of 100
    This is the third of three content investigation areas that found enough assaults on morality and wholesome ethics to earn an area score equivalent to the scores earned by R-rated features. There are at least 14 gunfire murders, two murders that appear to be by electrocution and murder of many by explosion.



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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.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 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?
  • Gal. 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked [which includes His Word]: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
  • Mark 16:15 - 16 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved [have eternal life in Paradise with God]; but he that believeth not shall be damned [condemned to Hell, eternal separation from God.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 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; 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.)

    Jerusalem Countdown (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • long sequence of civil chaos with action violence, with a repeat
  • firearms for defense and offense, frequent
  • ordering an assassination, repeatedly
  • gun battle, long with much gunfire to kill and action violence
  • attempted gunfire murder, repeatedly
  • illegal possession of controlled explosives
  • dead body, repeatedly
  • gunfire to kill, frequent
  • pursuit/flight action violence
  • physical assault
  • possession of false identification
  • use of false identification to facilitate breaking and entering
  • police cruelty of detainee
  • illegal entry
  • gun battle with police, intense
  • action violence

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 88 out of 100
  • discourse to absolve self of accountability for wrongdoing
  • marital argument with disrespect
  • corrupt cop

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 35 out of 100
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • embracing and desiring the effect of alcohol
  • bar
  • forced drugging to get the truth, twice

    Offense to God (O) - 88 out of 100
  • mockery of Scriptures
  • several discussions about doubting/rejecting Jesus and faith in God

    Murder/Suicide (M) - Zero out of 100
  • at least 14 gunfire murders
  • electrocution murder, twice
  • murder of many by explosion

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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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