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Analysis Date: July 10, 2003
CAP Score: SCORE out of 100
CAP Influence Density: ID
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(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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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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 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.|