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(2012), NR [Hard R-NR*] (89.6min)

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(2012), NR [Hard R-NR*] ... unbelievable apathy about murdering humans

Production (US): 2011 Europa Corp. 2012 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Film District, Digital Factory with the participation of Canal+ and CinŽ+
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director(s): Stephen Saint Leger, James Mather
Producer(s): Marc Libert, Le•la Smith, Andjelka Vlaisavlevic, James Morris
Written and Screenplay by: James Mather, Stephen Saint Leger, Luc Besson
Based on: Original Idea by Luc Besson
Cinematography/Camera: James Mather
Music: Alexandre Azaria
Film Editing: Camille Delamarre, Eamonn Power
Casting: Nenard Pavlovic
Production Design: Romek Delimata
Viewed on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD

A word of caution. The title marquee at the local Blockbuster store labeled the July 17, 2012 release of Lockout as PG-13. The DVDs on the shelf were all labeled atop the case as "unrated version." Note that in a film that is "unrated" anything goes. The Blockbuster inventory label on the DVD case says the film is YR7 which means youth restricted. The Internet Movie Database says it is rated PG-13. The official website for Lockout says "unrated." Undoubtedly there is an explanation somewhere such as heavy editing to achieve MPAA PG-13 standards. At any rate it would be advisable to pay close attention to the DVD cover of the copy you rent or buy. There is apparently no telling what this film is truly rated. But I can tell you -- and will tell you -- to what "rating" this film's content is equivalent.

This is a perfect example of the usefulness of the CAP Analysis Model. The CAP model scoring does not care one bit what a film is rated. A film's rating has absolutely no bearing on the operation and findings of the CAP model. Lockout, at least for the "unrated version" I fed to the CAP Analysis Model, earned a final score of 25 out of 100, placing it deeply into the R-13 realm.

There are a number of subplots with shaky connection over the 89.6 minutes of this film and I am not a film critic or screen writer or anything with the training and experience to do a god job at picking apart the threads of the fabric of a film. As best as I can tell an ex-CIA operative named Snow (Guy Pearce) was framed and accused of killing Colonel Frank Armstrong (Miodrag Stevanovic), another CIA operative working on a secret something or other. As Armstrong died he gave Snow a fancy cigarette lighter and a small luggage case or large brief case. As Snow is finally captured by the police he tosses the small case into a subway train to his partner Mace (Tim Plester).

After interrogation of Snow by Head of Secret Service Scott Langral (Peter Stormare) and a graphic beating by CIA muscle-grunt Rupert (Michael Sopko), Snow is offered an opportunity not to go to prison by infiltrating an ultra high security prison in Earth orbit to rescue Emilie (Maggie Grace), the daughter of US President Warnock (Peter Hudson) from the clutches of 479 prisoners who have been loosed ffrom stasis (sleep) at MS One Supermax prison. The MS One prison is a clever idea where all prisoners are put to sleep for the duration of their sentence. What a novel idea! No fights. No rapes. No escapes. Until one of the bad guys, Hydell (Joseph Gilgun) who was woke up for an interview with Emilie manages to release all 497 of the hardened criminals. Now the prison authorities up to the US President have a situation. And Snow is to wade through it all to rescue Emilie.

This film is truly a hardcore R-13. The portrayals of violence are intense. The portrayals of murder are cold and brutal with the shooters appearing to have less concern for the victims than if they just sneezed and got some on their chins. From where do you suppose shooters like the Littleton and Aurora, Colorado shooters get the emboldenment to do what they have done? Klebold and Harris watched The Basketball Diaries over and over and in it a high school student guns to death six fellow students. Batman¨ films are well-known for the plethora of gunfire assaults in them. An 11 year old boy fatally stabbed another 11 year old boy after watching Valentine in which the "victims got what they so richly deserved" -- with a knife. The list goes on and on. Two plus two equals four. Whether we are willing to accept it.


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 violence/crime content of this film is so extensive that to try an summarize it here would be counterproductive. Please inspect the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for a complete accounting of the film content applicable to this investigation area. In view of the recent mass murder in Aurora, Colorado surrounding a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, which is PG-13 of course, it is advisable to remind our readers of God's position regarding violence.

Of all the verses in God's Book that condemn violence, more than 50, Proverb 16:29 puts the matter in perspective. In Proverb 16:29 God warns that violence is enticing, that it can lead one into the path that is not good. Many years later man plagiarized God's Word, probably unknowingly, by four professional public health agencies publishing their findings about watching violence in and as entertainment. The agencies found that violence in and as entertainment can, among other things lead the viewer, especially the young, to real life violence. But no one listens. Not when the enticing power of violence sells tickets. With that fact in mind, who is the real culprit?

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Twenty-nine times someone utters some form of profanity [Col. 3:8, Eph. 4:29] but fortunately none of the utterances were the most foul of the foul words. The 29 uses of profanity is enough to achieve R-equivalence but there is more. There is the lying, the massive tattoos and the extortion plus unbelievable apathy about murdering humans. And, yes, when tattoos are used to express rebellion, anarchy or sexually immoral matters they are sinful by God's Word.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 63 out of 100
Except for no nudity the sexually immoral content of this PG-13 film is typical of PG-13s: repeated innuendo regarding sex with another man's wife; repeated exposure to below navel skin that threatens to expose that which follows; sex jargon; a fall of a man and a woman ending up with her positioned with her face on his crotch; a sex offer; repeated comments of lust. These are behaviors and images our Lord, by His Word, finds offensive. [Gal. 5:19, 1 Thess 4:1 - 7]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 74 out of 100
The illegal drug and alcoholic content of this film is zero. The only content in this film applicable to this content investigation area is the repeated smoking. But that in and of itself is enough to make the content a poor risk for the adolescent, actually for anybody. I say "adolescent" because in 2002 the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking and smoking in and as entertainment undeniably leads adolescent viewers to defy rule of law and try them for themselves. [Prov. 22:15]

Offense to God (O) - 11 out of 100
God's name in abused 14 times, two of them with the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11] With or without the four letter expletive the abuse of God's name is sinful. Even in that oh, so popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it.

Murder/Suicide (M) - Zero out of 100
Portrayal of murder is rampant in Lockout. Cold blooded, heinous murder where the murderers shoot their victims with as much concern as if the shooter sneezed and got some on his chin. That is the very property in and as entertainment that causes the most damage which, by the way, is the strongest presence in much entertainment such as this. Violence, sex, drugs profanity each indeed take their toll on the wholesome decision-making skills of the adolescent observer but the attitude is the worst. For more information about the presence of "attitude" in popular entertainment, please visit our Attitude: In Perspective publication.



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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. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • 1 Thess. 4:1 - 7 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound [excel] more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification [sexual purity], that ye should abstain from fornication [which includes promiscuity]: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel [control his/her body] in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence [desire for that which is forbidden, craving; promiscuity], even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond [transgress] and defraud [take advantage of] his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. ["Fornication" is porneia, meaning illicit sexual intercourse a) adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc., b) sexual intercourse with close relatives; c) sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman. In other words, sexual immorality which includes promiscuity. Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them. Be not a seeker of any manner of sexually-oriented imagery or behavior outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage. For any sexual contact (including sight and sound), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful.]
  • Prov. 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. ["Foolishness" is ivveleth {iv-veh'-leth}: senselessness, thoughtlessness, recklessness, folly, foolishness, foolish, foolishly; from the same as eviyl {ev-eel'} meaning of one who despises wisdom; of one who mocks when guilty, is quarrelsome, is licentious. Note that the "rod" (of correction) does not have to be punishment and must never be physically harmful. A simple "good job" when warranted can serve as the "rod" as well. If you would like to know more, please visit our Spare the Rod ... Spoil the Child: A Parental Perspective publication. It is rather long though.]
  • 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.)

    Lockout (2012) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • hit to the face - graphic, repeatedly
  • fight for life - graphic, repeatedly
  • defensive killing by firearm, repeatedly
  • bloody injuries, repeatedly
  • scene of watching an inured man die
  • gunfire to kill, frequent
  • action violence of varying intensities, repeatedly
  • reckless driving to pursue/escape with extensive property damage and deaths
  • accidental gunfire killing, repeatedly
  • violation of legal protocol (sneaking a firearm into a prison)
  • order to kill
  • defensive killing by using explosives to decapitate a prisoner - graphic
  • assault to kill, frequent
  • dead body with no head
  • graphic medical procedure
  • defensive killing by explosion, repeatedly
  • fighting for loose gun
  • prisoner with illegal access to a firearm
  • attempted gunfire murder with bullet injury, repeatedly
  • firearm to the face/head, repeatedly
  • fall death
  • prison riot
  • gunfire killing by police
  • attempted rape
  • dead body, repeatedly
  • portrayal of aggressive idiocy by prisoners
  • freezing death
  • man with the top of his head missing
  • pistol beating of a woman
  • attempted murder by knife
  • knife assault with blood
  • gun battle with several deaths
  • massive destruction of prison with nearly 500 inmates
  • physical assault to burn

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 29 uses of profanity (none of the most foul of the foul)
  • lying
  • massive tattoos, frequent
  • extortion with threat of rapes by 497 prisoners as leverage
  • general portrayal of cold apathy about killing

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 63 out of 100
  • innuendo re: sex with another man's wife, repeatedly
  • exposure to below navel skin threatening exposure of that which follows, repeatedly
  • sex jargon, repeatedly
  • fall with female in position imitating oral sex on man
  • offer of sex
  • comments of lust, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 74 out of 100
  • smoking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O) - 11 out of 100
  • 14 abuses of God's name, two of them with the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M) - Zero out of 100
  • images of gunfire murder (execution style)
  • 28 identifiable murders by gunfire, knife, shoving into fall, expulsion into space
  • one gunfire suicide

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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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