Click on CAPCon Alert image for explanation
Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP Ministry)
Entertainment Media Analysis Report
A service to His little ones (which includes at-home teens) through you, their parents and grandparents, in His name by His Word
Give your visitors access to more than 700 CAP movie analyses while your page stays open. Put the link above on your web page. FREE! Test it! Click it!
|E M E R G E N C Y
H E L P
N E E D E D!!!
Make your tax-deductible donations to the CAP Ministry through the
CAP Ministry, PO Box 177, Granbury, TX 76048-0177
To subscribe to or unsubscribe from our FREE text-only versions of our Entertainment Media Analysis Reports as they are calculated, visit our Mailman. If you experience difficulty with Mailman, send us your request. Your email address will NOT be given or sold to other parties.
|ALERT: To fully understand this report you should first visit the topics suggested by the CAP Site Map (Table of Contents). Further, if you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is completely objective to His Word and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie.|
(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.
If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ]. If you wish to have full context available, the Blue Letter Bible is a convenient source. If you use the Blue Letter Bible, a new window will open. Close it to return here or use "Window" in your browser's menu bar to alternate between the CAP page and the Blue Letter Bible page.
***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.|