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(2005), R [R*] (1hr 55min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
September 22, 2005
10 out of 100

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

(2005), R [R*] -- Let the listing in the Findings/Scoring section speak for the content.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Ascendant Pictures, Endgame Entertainment, Entertainment Manufacturing Company, Reeleyes Film (SA Production Facilitator), Rising Star, Saturn Films, VIP 3 Medienfonds
Distribution (US): Lions Gate Films Inc.
Director(s): Andrew Niccol
Written by: Andrew Niccol
Cinematography/Camera: Amir M. Mokri
Music: Antonio Pinto, Nathan Whitehead
Film Editing: Zach Staenberg
Casting: Mindy Marin
Production Design: Jean-Vincent Puzos
Art Direction: Mike Berg
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Brooklyn Brighton Beach Ukrainian immigrant Yuri Orlov (Nicholas Cage) is not happy with life in America. It is not good enough for him. He wants more. And he is going to get it. Even if it is illegal and deadly. Such as selling guns world-wide to whomever will buy them, irrespective of who the buyers are or who they are trying to kill ... doesn't matter.

And if Yuri's decisions for his own life were not bad enough, he dragged his younger brother, Vitali (Jared Leto) into the "business" with him. That is, until one shipment was paid for in cocaine and Vitali became an addict.

Fortunately, other than saying "a hard day at the office", Yuri never discussed "business" with his wife, beauty queen to super model Ava Fontaine (Bridget Moynahan) who has been his idol since he was 10 years old. Trickery and deception were the tools Yuri used to get Ava to notice him ... and it worked. It even gave the pair a son.

This story is supposed to have been built with the information researched of five real-life weapons dealers and reenactments of actual events. Maybe one of the reenactments was the intro footage of following the journey of a bullet from its own perspective from raw materials in manufacture, shipment, being dropped, placed in a gun, following it down the barrel of a gun and ultimately into an adolescent's forehead. That might be taken as a slam on the truth that guns don't kill people, people kill people.

Again a film director attempts to portray the criminal as the hero. Indeed, Interpol agent Jack Valentine (Ethan Hawke) who would have Yuri in jail was obviously the chief bad guy. Even Yuri's mentor in crime, Simeon Weisz (Ian Holm), who became Yuri's "business" enemy was portrayed with a couple coat of "nice-guy." Even the buyers, including Liberian leader Andre Baptiste, Sr. and his blood-lust son, Andre Baptiste Jr. (Sammi Rotibi) were given a polish job as rightfully trying to simply defend his people. One of the truly value skewing elements of this film was the execution of adolescent children and Yuri stating to Vitali who, together with Yuri might have stopped the execution, that it was not their war.

Yuri remains unrepentant and unpunished throughout the film. [Hab. 2:9, Eccl. 8:11] Even the threat of losing his family did not stop Yuri for more than a few months.

This film, even more so than many other R-rated films, is rife with violence, foul language, sexual immorality, illegal drug activity and murder. With a final score of 10 out of 100, this film competes for the dregs of the barrel of filth and moral poison. Let the listing in the Findings/Scoring section speak for the content.


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  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • Eccl. 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want 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 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 you], 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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] 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 - 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. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include 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.

    Lord of War (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • display of massive firearms, repeatedly, one of especially long sequence
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly, frequently
  • attempted murder by gunfire, repeatedly
  • illegal arms dealing, repeatedly, frequently
  • ill-gotten gain, repeatedly
  • bribery
  • heavy gunfire to kill many
  • firearm threat to the head
  • talk of cannibalism
  • reckless endangerment, repeatedly
  • knife threat to throat
  • portrayal of nightmare under the influence of illegal drugs
  • assault, repeatedly
  • attempted suicide of dying man
  • burning bodies
  • hit to face with crowbar

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 14 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 51 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • deceit to facilitate illegal activity
  • lies as counterintelligence
  • additional lies, repeatedly
  • additional deceit, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • sexual reference, repeatedly
  • women as toys, repeatedly
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • intercourse with nudity
  • man/woman making out nude
  • nudity, repeatedly
  • sex conversation
  • inappropriate touch
  • vulgar background music
  • offer of a woman for sex
  • prostitute/prostitution, repeatedly
  • rear nudity, repeatedly
  • man and woman in shower

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • illegal drug dealing, repeatedly
  • illegal drug consumption, repeatedly
  • illegal possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, repeatedly
  • drug intoxication, repeatedly
  • drug addiction, repeatedly
  • offer of illegal drugs, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 11 without
  • adultery
  • talk of evolution

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • execution of children by gunfire
  • many murder victims, including children
  • murder by explosion/fire
  • murder by gunfire, repeatedly
  • indiscriminate gunfire killing for recreation
  • machete murder of mother and babe
  • massive massacre

  • Christian Educators Association International



    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 more than eight 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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