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(2003), PG-13 -- Chan again shows more of his cleverness, more of his unmistakable style and more of his ... self.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (Hong Long): Emperor Multimedia Group (EMG), Golden Port Productions Ltd. Distribution (US): TriStar Pictures
Director(s): Gordon Chan
Producer(s): Bill Borden, Jackie Chan, Willie Chan, Alfred Cheung, Siew-Loong Tim Kwok, Candy Leung, Rick Nathanson, Albert Yeung
Written by/Screenplay: Bey Logan, Gordon Chan, Alfred Cheung, Bennett Joshua Davlin, Paul Wheeler
Cinematography/Camera: Arthur Wong
Film Editing: Ki-hop Chan
Casting: Leo Davis
Production Design: Joseph C. Nemec III
Art Direction: Alan Cassie
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Jackie Chan, the master of Rush Hour and R-13, is in yet another R-13. Both Rush Hour and Rush Hour 2 earned R-13 scores and I suspect Rush Hour 3 for 2005 will be another PG-13 earning an R-13 score. And Chan again shows more of his cleverness, more of his unmistakable style and more of his ... self. Yes, there is nudity, Chan's nudity in this PG-13 with only convenience objects hiding his ... self. And there are loads of innuendo, comments and suggestions regarding sexual immorality, both hetero- and homosexual. [**, 1Ths. 4:2-5, 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Col 3:5]
A young Chinese lad of about eight years old, Jai (Alexander Bao) is the chosen one. Chosen to bear special power and authority because he was born in the fourth month of he year of the snake, born to possess and wield the power of an ancient medallion. The medallion is formed by two reciprocating halves which, when joined by Jai, give the power to give eternal life and many other powers. While in possession of it, Jai can give eternal life and super powers to anyone. Trouble is, the recipient must die then be resurrected by Jai.
Unscrupulous elements would do anything to possess immortality and super powers through Jai's touch. So, Snakehead (Julian Sands) abducts Jai to Dublin, Ireland to force Jai to give him immortality and super powers. Knowing Jai, with his compassionate heart, would resurrect him as Jai did for others, Snakehead commits suicide by drug overdose in front of Jai. [Exod. 20:13] All the resurrecting and power-giving happened without Jesus, of course and were thus cheapening and mockery of His holy Authority. This gives part of the reason this movie earned a zero score in Offense to God (O) [Gal. 6:7].
Hong Kong police officer Eddie Yang (Jackie Chan) tries to work with Interpol, supervised by Inspector Arthur Watson (Lee Evans) and assisted by Agent Nicole James (Claire Forlani) to thwart the plans of Snakehead. While James and Yang have a slap-happy relationship, Yang and Watson do not seem to be able to work well together until Interpol Commander Hammerstock-Smythe (John Rhys-Davies) forces Watson to work with Yang which deeply offends Watson who does not let Yang forget it throughout the show -- until the end, of course.
The Medallion, according to the numbers is a very violent movie, and I agree. A quite comic movie but a very violent movie as well. Some of the comedian style of Chan freckles the plot and story, but so does a lot of martial arts violence, other action violence as well as gunfire to kill, beatings, death and brutally depictive multiple stabbings with a 12 inch blade. Caveat: These are professional actors, kids. Don't try this at home. I say that sarcastically because that is about the most useless cover-your-backside warning on the face of the Earth. It is about as effective as a 15 MPH speed limit sign. These are a few of the reasons The Medallion earned a zero score also in Wanton Violence/Crime. [Amos 3:10, Ps. 7:16]
But oddly enough, the movie earned 100 in Drugs/Alcohol. "But you said Snakehead committed suicide by drug overdose!?" Yes, he did but it was incorporated into Murder/Suicide rather than Drugs/Alcohol because the point is the suicide to manipulate, not the drug. A gun could have been used and the plot would have been the same -- to manipulate Jai into a desired behavior pattern. The CAP analysis model will not permit incorporation of any single behavior into more than one investigation area. In this way, no duplication is assured. While the investigation area scoring distribution is determined by which investigation areas negatively influential behavior is incorporated into, the final score and the influence density figure (ID) are not affected by this technique. When these figures are used together with the listing of findings in the Findings/Scoring section, we have "all the basses covered" for you. There is no other model on Earth like the CAP analysis model for measuring the relative amount of immorality in a movie. And it is copyrighted. You won't find anything like it anywhere else. Not legally anyway. And, yes, it could very easily replace the useless and misleading MPAA rating system.
Regarding the use of the three/four letter word vocabulary, there were three. [Col. 3:8]. God's name in vain was used eight times and all without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11].
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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.|