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(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] (1hr 58min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
May 4, 2006
41 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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

(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] -- This film is not a toy, mom/dad.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Paramount Pictures, Cruise/Wagner Productions
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures
Director(s): J.J. Abrams
Producer(s): Arthur Anderson, Tom Cruise, Stratton Leopold, Enzo Sisti, Paula Wagner
Written by: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, J.J. Abrams, Bruce Geller (television series)
Cinematography/Camera: Daniel Mindel
Music: Michael Giacchino, Lalo Schifrin
Film Editing: Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey
Casting: April Webster
Production Design: Scott Chambliss
Art Direction: Dennis Bradford, Daniel T. Dorrance, Gary Freeman, Sean Haworth, Kevin Kavanaugh, Gary Kosko, Doug J. Meerdink, Domenic Silvestri, Yu Bai Yang
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is a responsible member of the Department of Transportation as a Traffic System Engineer. Or so he tells his soon-to-be wife, Julia Ann Meade (Michelle Monaghan). In "real life" Hunt is an agent of Impossible Mission Force (IMF) who has come in from the field to train recruits since he is getting ready to "settle down." Or so he thinks.

But the idyllic life of a recruit trainer doesn't last long. Along with agent Luther Strickell (Ving Rhames) and others, Hunt is drafted back into field work to thwart another bad guy, arms dealer Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Bad guy Davian is so bad he uses explosive implants in people's heads to control them.

Alas, too much control is exercised on agent Lindsay Elizabeth Ferris (Keri Russell) who was captured by Davian. Though Hunt and company extricate Lindsay and try to deactivate the explosive in her head with a cardio defibrillator, Hunt is seconds too late.

Having been an EMT medic for 12 years and I can say with some credibility that the moulage to portray the explosive detonating inside Lindsay's head was about as graphic and realistic as Hollywood can create. It is not a scene that will soon be forgotten by the target age stratum of young teens. The image of the mottling of her skin and the gas forced under the covering of her left eye coupled with the emotion-manufacturing Hollywood filmmakers do so well - that is what they do for a living - could easily leave an indelible image in the minds of the impressionable. Or even in the minds of some hardened adults. This film is not a toy, mom/dad.

As part of what we do for you, please note the exposé provided by a visual comparative of the three Mission Impossible movies provided below. The comparative is probably one of the most perfect descriptions of what is happening to modern morality year after year. It is a sign of the times.

I say "sign of the times" because of the slow and relentless decay of moral standards by which worse becomes better, by which extreme becomes commonplace. "We have been drugged by the narcotics of extremes in and as entertainment for so long that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible." - TC

God says that "evil communications" corrupt good manners (good coping skills and behavioral choices). [1 Cor. 15:33] Mission: Impossible III is rife with "evil communications." The above comparison is also evidence of what God tells us in Ps. 12:8 that warns of what the CAP Ministry then, four years after us, Harvard University scientists revealed. See Harvard Agrees with Us.

Note if not the final scores the Influence Density figures for the three films: 0.66; 1.09; 2.01. The larger the Influence Density figure the more severe the density of assaults or morality and decency. An Influence Density figure of 0.66 is right in line with the range of values earned by PG-13 films (0.55 to 0.77) in the comparative baseline database. An Influence Density figure of 1.09 falls squarely in the range of values earned by R-rated films (0.78 to 2.04). That makes Mission: Impossible III with an Influence Density figure of 2.01 clearly R-equivalent. Each film is rated PG-13 by the MPAA but the CAP scoring distribution for each film clearly shows serious moral decay, proving acceptance of lower standards. It is a sign of the times.

There is really no need to go into the plot and story to any great extent. The trailer/preview is fairly revealing. Hunt chases Davian from Rome to Shanghai by way of Berlin. People get killed. Traffic is destroyed. However, the amount of assaults on morality and the extent of them was not (and could not be in the case of sexual immorality and profanity) revealed by the trailer. We do. That is what we do for you so you might be in a better position to have more details in order to make an informed moral decision whether this film is fit for your family or yourselves.

The greatest cause of loss of points is the content revealed by the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) investigation area [Prov. 16:29] with the content revealed by the Impudence/Hate (I) coming in a close second in point loss, mainly due to language previously typical of R-rated films.

The content found by the Sexual Immorality (S) cost the film to lose nearly half of its starting 100 points in this investigation area mainly due to, for example, co-stripping for sex, a man and a woman in bed together nude, and so on. [Gal. 5:19, 1Ths. 4:1-5 ] Just the thing for the age stratum least capable of handling the fires of sexual drives. [Luke 17:2]

If it were not for the repeated instances of forced druggings the Drugs/Alcohol (D) investigation area would not likely have found enough content to cause this film to be comparable to the R films in the comparative baseline database. The Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit reports that such entertainment can cause kids to think of the world as mean place. This film is a good example of how. Even God warns that "evil communications" such as that in many films can corrupt good manners (coping skills, behavioral choices, etc.). [1 Cor. 15:33] And He said that long before our scientists did.

Because of the numerous uses of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive, this film lost more than half of its starting 100 points in Offense to God. [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide found programming enough cause the content of this film to be equivalent to some of the more extreme PG-13 films in the comparative baseline database.

I implore you to inspect the listing in the Findings/Scoring section of this report before you decide whether your 13 year old kids may see this film.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. ["A violent man" can be a man (or woman) OR the behavior on the screen, too. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See "Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit" . And see 1 Cor. 15:33.]
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • 1Ths. 4:1-5 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; [Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them.]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. 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.]

    ***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 and present it 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, submit to 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 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 us], 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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto 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 {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; 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.]
  • 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.)

    Mision: Impossible III (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • massive firearms for offense, repeatedly
  • firearm to head to extort
  • beating, repeatedly
  • gunfire to injure to extort and intimidate
  • beating victim
  • many gunfire and explosion killings
  • action violence, frequent, of varying intensities
  • massive assaults with much gunfire to kill and many gunfire killings
  • breaking and entering, repeatedly
  • espionage/intrusion activities
  • soliloquy of sadistic murderous threats
  • brutality
  • traffic violence, often, of varying intensities
  • extortion with wife's life as collateral
  • police corruption
  • knife threat
  • hostage taking, repeatedly
  • threat to kill, repeatedly
  • defensive gunfire killing, repeatedly
  • control by explosive implant in head
  • fight for life

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • lying, repeatedly
  • perverted pleasure in murder
  • 23 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • talk about getting naked
  • man and woman in bed nude
  • sex talk
  • co-stripping for sex
  • statue nudity
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure
  • brief images of nude making out
  • anatomical reference

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, repeatedly
  • toasting with booze
  • offer of booze
  • drinking
  • forced drug injection, repeatedly
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)
  • eight uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and two with it
  • impersonating a priest

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • gunfire murder to head (impact unseen), repeated views
  • repeated views of facial gore from murder by explosive in the head, exceptionally graphic

  • 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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