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(2003), PG-13 -- ...What do you want the angels who watch over your kids to say to the face of God?
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Distribution (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation
Director(s): Carl Franklin
Producer(s): Jesse Beaton, Jon Berg, Alex Gartne, Neal H. Moritz, Kevin Reidy, Damien Saccani, Stephen Traxler
Written by/Screenplay: David Collard
Cinematography/Camera: Theo van de Sande
Music: Graeme Revell
Film Editing: Carole Kravetz
Casting: Mali Finn
Production Design: Paul Peters
Art Direction: Gary Kosko
Police Chief Matthias Lee Whitlock (Denzel Washington) doesn't have any skeletons in his closet except one ... err... two. Three? Until love enters the picture, the Chief is a clean man. But when conflict of interest enters the picture his closet starts to become a little crowded. His interest was in his job as Police Chief in Banyan Keys, Florida while his wife, Alex (Eva Mendes) had interest in her job as State police detective. So, to resolve their conflicting interests, the two separated to pursue divorce [Mal. 2:16].
In the meantime, Chief Whitlock and ex-high school sweetheart Anne Harrison (Sanaa Lathan), apparently battered wife of the ex-high school quarterback, Chris (Dean Cain) while away the hours in clandestine cooing while hubby whiles away the hours at work. So far so good, according to man's standards anyway. But when the Chief learns that his true love, Anne has terminal cancer that can only be treated by *very* expensive European procedures his integrity concerning $485,000 of evidence money in his custody is challenged. While the Bible tells us that the thief who steals because he (and ostensibly his family) are hungry must pay but is not to be despised [Prov. 6:30], what about the thief who steals to keep his adulterous lover alive? I don't think so.
Shortly after delivering the money to Anne, her house burned to the ground with her and her husband Chris in it. Arson is found to be the cause. Earlier that same evening, Chief Whitlock was seen prowling around the Harrison house and is now not only the Chief of Police but the chief suspect. And the DEA shows up wanting the $485,000 evidence money. What to do!? If the Chief was back in *Remember the Titans*
This is not one of Washington's greatest films. I consider Washington along with the greats such as Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones so maybe you can see why Washington's performance in this film was disappointing. It was disappointing not because of his skills which were as sharp as ever (considering what he was given to work with), but because of his involvement in yet another R-13
In addition to intercourse, this film presents many issues of sexual immorality such as imagery of oral sex, cohabitation, adultery and various innuendo and talk [1Ths. 4:2-5, Prov. 6:32, Prov. 30:20]. Further, *Out of Time* presents many uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8] including the use of God's name in vain with and without the four letter expletive [Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth [Deut 5:11]. All for your 13 year old children. What do *you* want the angels who watch over your kids to say to the face of God? [Matt. 18:10] The listing in the Finding/Scoring section of this report provides all that was noted.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
|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.|