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UPDATED December 31, 2003
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(2003), PG-13 -- While a clever film, it is a terribly violent film.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Davis Entertainment, Lion Rock
Productions, Solomon/Hackett Productions
Distribution (US): DreamWorks Distribution LLC
Director(s): John Woo
Producer(s): Arthur Anderson, Terence Chang, John Davis, Michael Hackett, Stratton Leopold, Caroline Macaulay, David Solomon, John Woo
Written by: Philip K. Dick
Screenplay: Dean Georgaris
Cinematography/Camera: Jeffrey L. Kimball
Music: John Powell
Film Editing: Christopher Rouse, Kevin Stitt
Casting: Mindy Marin, Coreen Mayrs
Production Design: William Sandell
Art Direction: Sandy Cochrane
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
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In a story adapted from a short novel by Philip K. Dick, Ben Afflect plays a computer engineer named Michael Jennings who works for ALLCOM as a design pirate stealing the designs of other companies and improving on them. In one case, Jennings uses the design of another company to develop a computer system that displays data and imagery as three-dimensional holography rather than on a screen. The drawback of this sort of industrial espionage is that Jennings' memory of his involvement in the espionage is erased after each assignment so he has no idea what he is doing is immoral or illegal. Coming to suspect he is being used, in the final assignment -- a three year assignment for a paycheck of $90 million -- Jennings plants 19 clues that will allow him to adequately reconstruct what he has done.
It is a clever story with a respectable amount of ingenuity. If you have ever played the board game _Clue_ the plot is such that you may think of "Col. Mustard in the library with the candlestick." Even the cover art is cleverly designed to express the theme of the show without revealing it. While a clever film, it is a terribly violent film -- more than 58 examples of violence of one form or another per hour in this 112 minute movie. There are at least 50 instances of gunfire to kill with at least 14 additional episodes of assault but with little gore. [Prov. 10:6; Prov. 3:31-32] Though one of the two murders was rather graphic, no blood and guts splattered on the wall behind the murder victims were noted. While there were no uses of the most foul of the foul word nor any uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive noted, there were 8 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Prov. 4:24] plus 6 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive.[Deut. 5:11] A single episode of a man and a woman making out in bed for obvious intent plus a number of "lesser" issues of sexual immorality such as below-navel skin, open-face kissing, and excessive cleavage were also noted. [Hebr. 13:4; Eph. 5:4]
Note that with a final score of 64, this PG-1 3 is NOT an example of an R-13 movie. Its score fell squarely within the scoring cell boundaries of scores earned by PG-13 movies in the comparative baseline database. But note also that Paycheck earned a score of zero in Wanton Violence/Crime, thus revealing one of the great features of the CAP analysis model - to enable you to discover where in the scheme of our six investigation areas the concentration of assaults, if any, on morality and ethics lies. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section provides all that were noted.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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Kids, Teens and Home Vertical Portal
|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.|