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Mission: Impossible II (2000), ({G-13)
CAP Score: 55
CAP Influence Density: 1.09
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NOTE: We make no scoring allowances for Hollywood's trumped-up "messages" to excuse, or its manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth. If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objectuve and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie.

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


Mission: Imposible II (PG-13) -- Tom Cruise = Pierce Brosnan = Ian Flemming? And another movie one point above "R-13"

IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) starts the menagerie with rock climbing of devil-may-care defiance of death. His hotdog arrogant snubbing of danger on the rocks sets the pattern for the rest of his super-spy antics. I can't help but see a little boy wearing his daddy's police hat spouting "Yer under arrest" as he storms unarmed into the den the bad guys. But such a facade makes for slightly exciting programming in this encyclopedia of high-tech international battle with super villainy of best seller novel proportions to recapture the secret vial of deadly virus used by the bad guys to hold the world hostage. Too bad the ignominy has to spoil it all.

All manner of violent challenging of danger and aggression and daring of death bespeckle this flick about 25 times an hour: firearm threats, reckless driving for recreation and pursuit, chopping off fingertips, gore, many deaths by gunfire and explosion, many of them quite graphic [Prov. 3:31-32]. In near neck-to-neck competition with Violence/Hate is Sex/Homosexuality: tons of excessive cleavage, sexual talk and innuendo, sensual dress and movement, ghosting through thin clothing, undressing in mixed company and sexual favor for gain [1Ths. 4:3; Rom. 13:13]. Running a close third to Violence/Crime is foul language and other matters of Impudence/Hate such as contemplation of suicide and, what else, lies [Rev. 21:27]. All these competitors for the least scoring combined to give this movie a score one point above the scoring range for R-rated movies almost making it a "R-13."

I apologize for not being able to give you a better description of plot and programming, but that is what happens when you have to wait so long before writing the Summary/Commentary. Fret not, however. If I waited years to plug the worksheet annotations into the computer the listing of findings and the scoring would still be the same. And on that I leave the rest of this analysis report to the Findings/Scoring section.


  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, (32) for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • 1Ths. 4:3 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
  • Rom. 13:13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.
  • Rev. 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Mission: Impossible II (2000) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • beating to steal
  • firearm threats and attempts to kill, some automatic gunfire and/or multiple firearms
  • reckless driving for recreation with reckless endangerment of self and others
  • attempted theft
  • pictures of fatality victims
  • burning a nude statue (ostensibly in effigy)
  • chopping off fingertips to control
  • very graphic gore
  • gambling
  • criminal business practices -- killing people
  • breaking and entering
  • firearm threat to face - female
  • attempted murder by explosives
  • many deaths by firearms and explosives and other mechanisms, several graphic
  • asking to be killed and assisting
  • extortion
  • intentional injuries
  • long graphic fight sequence

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • arrogance toward risk of death
  • lie to protect anonymity
  • 18 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • excessive cleavage
  • sexual comments, talk, innuendo and insults
  • man on woman in bed nude
  • sensual dress/movement
  • a woman changing clothes in front of a man
  • suggestive eye movement
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • offer of sexual performance for espionage favors

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • booze

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • one use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder by firearms and explosives
  • murder of all passengers aboard a 747
  • unseen but heard murder
  • gunfire murder with delight

  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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