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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 19min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 22, 2005
50 out of 100

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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] -- It is no wonder why our kids are becoming more worldly...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): DreamWorks SKG, Bender-Spink Inc., Craven-Maddalena Films
Distribution (US): DreamWorks Distribution LLC, DreamWorks SKG
Director(s): Wes Craven
Producer(s): Jeanne Algood, Chris Bender, Bonnie Curtis, Marc Haimes, Jim Lemley, Marianne Maddalena, Mason Novick, Mark Sourian, J.C. Spink
Story: Carl Ellsworth, Dan Foos
Screenplay: Carl Ellsworth
Cinematography/Camera: Robert D. Yeoman
Music: Marco Beltrami, Tom Hiel, Tom Mesmer
Film Editing: Stuart Levy, Patrick Lussier
Casting: Lisa Beach, Sarah Katzman
Production Design: Bruce Alan Miller
Art Direction: Andrew Max Cahn
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Charles Keefe (Jack Scalia) and family always stay in the same room of the Lux Atlantic Resort Hotel in Miami. Room number 3825. Except this time.

This time, Lisa Henrietta Reisert (Rachel McAdams - Mean Girls) who is as knowledgeable, skilled and trusted at hotel operations as a manager, is forced by bad guy Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy - Batman Begins) to move the Keefe accommodations to room 4080 under coercion with the life of Lisa's father, Joe Reisert (Brian Cox) as leverage.

The film starts out with all the indications of an airport romance, albeit a guarded romance. Lisa's flight is delayed from getting home to Miami from Texas due to weather. Jack Rippner -- er, Jackson, who has not been called Jack since he was ten years old -- is another intended passenger of the delayed flight in the long line of irate customers waiting to get to Miami. One of the irate customers, a medical doctor as it turns out, becomes animated with the airline ticket sales clerk and Lisa until Jackson steps in and takes charge.

During their lay-over, Jackson conveniently meets Lisa in an airport bar and strikes up a conversation with her using their encounter at the ticket line as the ice-breaker. Smooth and debonair Jackson begins all the come-on lines one might expect of a man trying to soften the girl he sees as a target -- what kind of a target is atypical in this case. A seemingly extra long script time is spent on getting the viewer to know Lisa and Jackson, long enough to lead us to think Lisa is beginning to break down and fall into Jackson's spell.

But Jackson is not after Lisa. Jackson is after what Lisa can do for Jackson. Her position with the Lux Atlantic Resort Hotel could make him rich. Illegally rich. Fatally rich.

Will wonders never cease? A flight to Miami becomes available! The red eye flight. The red eye flight is a flight between 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM local time, named "red eye" for the typical lack of sleep passengers get. No matter. The flight is open and everyone is trying to be happy again.

Earlier, we are cleverly introduced to Cynthia (Jayma Mays), the assistant hotel manager who is as inept at her job as a penguin is at flying. A pair of snobby and mouthy clients who were dissatisfied brought Cynthia almost to tears. By cell phone Lisa calms the clients, shows her skills at dealing with irate people and gives Cynthia a lesson in customer psychology. Later, Cynthia becomes a key component in dealing with irate terrorists.

As Lisa boards the Red Eye flight, Jackson appears again. Close to her. The next seat close. From there begins the horror and terror. Jackson put Lisa in a position to have to choose between the lives of a family of four not related to her or her father's life. At least her life was not in danger ... yet.

Red-Eye is a quite violent film with a gaudy helping of foul language. It was violent enough to earn a zero score out of a starting 100 points in the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) investigation area. [Prov. 13:2, Ps. 37:37, Ps. 141:4]

Likewise it was filled with enough foul language, including one use of the most foul of the foul words, to loose all of the 100 starting points in the Impudence/Hate (I) investigation area. [Eph. 5:4, Col. 3:8]

The Sexual Immorality (S) investigation area found programming limited to exposure to an adult in underwear and a couple innuendo, one referring to intercourse. [Mark 7:21]

The Drugs/Alcohol (D) investigation area found drinking of and intoxication with alcohol in an airport bar, er, lounge. [Eph. 5:18]

The Offense to God (O) investigation area found many uses of God's name in vain but all without the four-letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]

Though there were two deaths found, once by gunfire and once by vehicle, they were defensive killings which were incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) investigation area as were the many attempted murders and planning of murder. Thus the Murder/Suicide (M) investigation area was free of such instances.

With a final score of 50, Red-Eye earns a place in the range of scores earned by R-rated movies (54 and below out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. It is a R-13. A relatively "lite" R-13 but a R-13 nonetheless. [Ps. 12:8]

Red-Eye becomes yet one more example datapoint of evidence in our 25-year research project to show the continuing exponential decay of moral standards in and as entertainment fed to our youth. It is no wonder why our kids are becoming more worldly year after year but without the wisdom. After eleven years into the project we have massive data to compile but not enough money to do so. Please consider helping us with the expenses of this Christian ministry project.

Please consider reviewing in-depth the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether this film is fit for the "MPAA-allowed" age stratum. The MPAA does not decide what is acceptable for your family. They have no legal or moral authority to do so. You do. That is why we tell you the truth about the moral content of films -- so you might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision whether a film is fit for your kids (which includes at-home teens) ... or yourself.


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  • Prov. 13:2 From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things, but the unfaithful have a craving for violence.
  • Ps. 37:37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace.
  • Ps. 141:4 Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Mark 7:21 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality...
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk or to drink in defiance. A recent study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2]
  • 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 when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • 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 you], 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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] 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 - 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. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • 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.

    Red-Eye (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • staging crime
  • smuggling
  • offensive driving
  • threat to perform with father's life as leverage, repeatedly
  • planning murder
  • coercion and forcing maneuvers to enable murder, repeatedly
  • assault, repeatedly, including hitting a woman to knock her out to subdue her
  • kidnapping plus lengthy hostage situation
  • impalement in throat with ballpoint pen
  • pursuit to kill, repeatedly
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • attempted multiple murder by explosion
  • attempted murder by rocket
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • vehicular defensive manslaughter
  • dead body, several views, some with gore
  • attempted knife murder
  • defensive assault
  • defensive gunfire killing

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 12 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • adult stripping to underwear
  • innuendo about intercourse
  • exposure of adult woman's underwear by fall (Yes, a woman's underwear is likely to be exposed when she falls but the filmmakers know *exactly* what is in each and every frame. That exposure was intentional.)

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • talk of booze
  • intoxication

    Offense to God (O)
  • ten uses of God's name in vain, all without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder or suicide not found

  • 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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