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(2003), PG-13
Analysis Date: July 10, 2003
CAP Score: SCORE out of 100
CAP Influence Density: ID

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2003), PG-13 "violence and killing ... intense; sexual immorality ... relatively tame in comparison."

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 20th Century Fox, Angry Films
Distribution (US): The 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Special Effects (US): Robert Allsopp and Associates, Tippett Studio
Director(s): Stephen Norrington
Producer(s): Trevor Albert, Rick Benattar, Sean Connery, Bruce Devan, Mark Gordon, Don Murphy
Written by/Screenplay: Comic Books: Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill. Screenplay: James Robinson
Cinematography/Camera: Dan Laustsen
Music: Trevor Jones
Film Editing: Paul Rubell
Casting: Donna Isaacson, Lucinda Syson
Production Design: Carol Spier
Art Direction: Elinor Rose Galbraith, Jindrich Kocí, James McAteer
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

In June 1899, political unrest dictates life. War is imminent at the hands of the evil Phantom (whom I will not reveal by name) who is bent on starting a war and supplying advanced weaponry to all parties. The Phantom does evil things, blaming the deeds on foreign entities just to spread distrust and hatred between nations and to amplify the already strained international relations. The British government, through "M", aka Mycroft Holmes (Richard Roxburgh) decides to enlist the exceptional talents of a few extraordinary people to infiltrate and subdue Phantom forces before war becomes reality. "M" dispatches Sanderson Reed (Tom Goodman-Hill) to locate and recruit Allan Quartermain (the 72 year old Sean Connery) to head the campaign against the Phantom and bring him to justice.

From London, Reed travels to Kenya, Africa to meet with Quartermain to beg him to bring his renowned expertise to bear on the Phantom for the sake of God and Country. A fellow named Nigel (David Hemmings) intercepts Reed and answers Reed's page for Quartermain that he is Quartermain just to shield Quartermain from prying meddlers and seekers spawned by decades of escapades. It was the last impersonation Nigel will ever do. After a violent episode with agents of the Phantom who shadowed Reed to kill Quartermain, Quartermain agrees to become one of the team of extraordinarily talented and skilled individuals, the "dirty [Half]Dozen" -- the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Back in Britain in July 1899, Quartermain meets five exceptionally qualified mercenaries gathered by "M": Captain Nemo (Naseeruddin Shah), scientist and inventor of the Nautilus; Wilhelmina "Mina" Harker (Peta Wilson), a vampire; Rodney Skinner (Tony Curran) who brings invisibility to the team; Dorian Gray (Stuart Townsend) who cannot be killed and does not age; Tom Sawyer (Shane West), an American Secret Service Agent. With the help of Nemo, Quartermain and crew travel to Paris to recruit - err - capture scientist Dr. Henry Jekyll (Jason Flemyng) who, after consuming an elixir he prepared, changes into a Hulk wannabe, Mr. Edward Hyde. Now the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (and woman) is complete. They have four days to find, subdue and bring to justice the Phantom.

There is much more to the plot of this 103 minute episode in fantasy entertainment. But more I will not share about the plot. Share I will, however ... openly and unashamedly ... the reason you parent and grandparents visit us -- the results of the CAP analysis model applied to this movie. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will provide all that was noted but I will summarize below. Action violence and killing in this movie is intense and sustained. Murders are not as brutal or gory as in many R-rated features, but there are many of them and some are graphic, especially the blade murders/killings. Gunfire to kill is heavy and frequent. In one case, an individual is hit dozens of times by facing automatic gunfire from about two feet away while the viewer watches the bullets exit his back. Though no flesh is splattered as is done in many R-rated movies, the imagery is unmistakable. [Rom. 12:18, Nahum 3:1, Ps. 12:8]

Regarding physical sexual immorality, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is relatively tame in comparison to most PG-13 movies. It presents no nudity nor anyone in bed with anyone else with only a fast inappropriate touch. A couple sexual innuendo (one about a threat to rape) augment the physical immorality. [Mark 7:21] Indeed, the provocative low-neck dress worn by Mina in the poster and tape box (brushed out by me in the poster shown above) was not even seen in the cut I saw.

The only instances of inappropriate language, though bad enough, were seven uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary and four uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive. Passing a tape of the movie through a curse filter should eliminate this ignominy. [Eph. 5:4 , Deut 5:11, Prov. 22:11]

Please read thoroughly the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you make a decision whether to take you family to see The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

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  • Rom. 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
  • Nahum 3:1 Woe to the city of blood, full of lies, full of plunder, never without victims!
  • Mark 7:21 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, ... [And movie often perpetuate and encourage such "evil (sinful) thoughts."]
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want 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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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 League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
    action violence, frequent, some intense
  • wanton destruction to intimidate
  • orders to kill, repeatedly
  • gunfire to kill, intense, repeatedly, many with multiple firearms
  • impalement deaths, some graphic
  • gunfire to injure
  • threats by multiple firearms, repeatedly
  • many deaths by gunfire, blade, explosion, incineration and other means, some graphic
  • long fight sequences, repeatedly
  • seeing a man riddled through with auto gunfire with no consequences, graphic
  • knife at woman's throat
  • gun battles, many
  • reckless gunfire
  • beast violence
  • action violence, intense, repeatedly
  • knife impalement
  • attempted murder, repeatedly
  • graphic decay of human flesh

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • seven uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • excusing piracy
  • lust for blood

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • open face kissing
  • sexual innuendo, including as threat of rape
  • inappropriate touch

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)
  • ethereal beast goading the living
  • four uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • miraculous healing of graphic injuries that would be fatal, repeatedly
  • vampirism
  • death by vampirism
  • vampirism to kill
  • immortality
  • shape shifting transformations, repeatedly, some graphic
  • idolatry
  • witchcraft and seeking after it

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • suicide by poison
  • murder by tank run-over
  • gunfire murder, many
  • multiple murder by explosion
  • stabbing murder

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    NOTE: While the Summary/Commentary section of these reports is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format which can be and sometimes is subjective, the actual CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme/plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.

    "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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