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(2003), PG-13

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
September 27, 2003
38 out of 100

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

(2003), PG-13 -- ... an ape trying to mate with the face of a man ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Columbia Pictures Corporation, IM3 Entertainment, Misher Films, Strike Entertainment, Universal Pictures, WWE Films
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures, Universal Studios Inc.
Director(s): Peter Berg
Producer(s): Marc Abraham, Alan Beattie, Chris Chesser, John Corry, Karen Glasser, Ric Kidney, Vince McMahon, Kevin Misher
Story: R.J. Stewart
Screenplay: R.J. Stewart, James Vanderbilt
Cinematography/Camera: Tobias A. Schliessler
Music: Toby Chu, Harry Gregson-Williams
Film Editing: Richard Pearson
Casting: Lynn Kressel
Production Design: Tom Duffield
Art Direction: Patrick M. Sullivan Jr.
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

While watching *Rundown* I did not expect it to earn an R-13 score, but the sheer numbers of gunfire to kill, killings, foul language and vulgarity such as an ape trying to mate with the face of a man made it unavoidable.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the new Governor of California and action hero ex-title-holder was in there somewhere. Probably to check up on his new protegee who vies for the heavyweight action hero belt. The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) may just wear the belt well. Maybe not as well as Arnold, but well nonetheless.

Beck (The Rock, Dwayne Johnson) is a collector. He collects things people don't want taken from them. In this case, Beck is out to collect a wealthy crime boss's son, Travis (Sean William Scott). Beck has to go to the jungles to do it. To the Amazon jungle of Brazil.

The first action sequence is Beck busting up the entire lineup of a professional football team in a barroom brawl, dodging bullets and blades and whips. At the end of the brawl was Travis who got in a lick or two but eventually succumbed to the power of The Rock. Travis did not want to leave the Amazon because he was on the trail of an ancient artifact called the golden Gato. Now if I remember my Spanish correctly, Gato means cat. But bad guy Hatcher (Christopher Walken), who ran the local gold mine slave labor business, did not want Travis to leave until Travis told him the location of the Gato.

Beck took his Gato-less quarry and began to leave but a road mishap left the two stranded deep in the Amazon jungle. Now starts the action hero title testing performances. Soon the pair met the real residents of the Amazon who were out to rid the country of Hatch and his henchmen. After a near fatal skirmish with the fighting wolverines - "You guys fight hard" - of the Amazon, Mariana (Rosario Dawson) steps in to save their lives.

There is much more action and intrigue to *Rundown* but I want to get to what is probably the main reason you came to visit our services: to find out for yourself whether this film is fit for your 13 year old kids or not.

One of the nice things about this film is that a hood becomes a nice guy. Beck, discovering what it is to be a fighter for a good fight, decides to leave his world of leg-breaking and become a respectable business man. Other character changes come to mind. They fill the Bible. Probably of the most significant changes was with the Apostle Paul and Matthew. Paul was a Pharisee before he came to serve Jesus. One who fervently persecuted and tried to legally ruin the Christians until he was called to serve Jesus; who called himself the chief sinner [1 Tim. 1:15]. The story of Paul is provided in Acts 9:1 - 20. But once Paul found the Good Fight, he rechanneled his energy to serve the Lord. Matthew was a corrupt tax collector [Matt. 9:9]. Another change of heart was with Luke. He was a physician before he followed Christ.

Other matters of likely concern for mom/dad include the 35 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8], the five uses of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11], and matters of sexual immorality [Gal. 5:19]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section itemizes that which was noted.

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  • 1 Tim. 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
  • This is a long reference, but the story of change is worth it. Acts 9:1 - 20 And Saul [who is Paul, Acts 13:9], yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the [stings and goads]. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake. And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
  • Acts 13:9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,
  • Matt. 9:9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • 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.]
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; ...

    ***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 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. 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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*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 would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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.


    Rundown (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • long barroom fight sequence and additional fight sequences, some graphic, repeatedly
  • strong arming of gambling debt
  • assault with blades and firearms
  • organized crime
  • assault with theft
  • gunfire to intimidate and to kill, repeatedly
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • assault weapons, many, repeatedly
  • assault to torment
  • stampede violence with deaths
  • attempted murder
  • order to kill
  • gunfire killings, many, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 35 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • racial slur
  • mining operations by slave labor
  • lies, repeatedly
  • father's physical brutality of son

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • sex talk show
  • rub dancing
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • toilet humor - peeing with hands cuffed requiring someone else's aid
  • vulgar humor - ape trying to mate with a man's face
  • crude anatomical humor, repeatedly, e.g., parasite entering male anatomy, requiring amputation
  • homosexual suggestion
  • crotch hit
  • below navel skin - male
  • vulgar gesture

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • booze
  • drugging to control

    Offense to God (O)
  • two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and three without
  • mockery of the Scriptures

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted, all killings were in warfare style, all incorporated in Wanton Violence/Crime

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