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The Scorpion King (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: April 19, 2002
CAP Score: 43
CAP Influence Density: 2.19
THE SCORPION KING (PG-13) -- ...another "What were the MPAA thinking!?"
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Director(s): Chuck Russell
Producer(s): Sean Daniel, James Jacks, Vince McMahon, Kevin Misher, Richard Luke Rothschild, Stephen Sommers
Written by/Screenplay: Story: Jonathan Hales, Stephen Sommers. Screenplay: David Hayter, William Osborne, Stephen Sommers
Cinematography/Camera: John R. Leonetti
Music: John Debney
Film Editing: Michael Tronick
Casting: Sarah Finn, Randi Hiller
Production Design: Ed Verreaux
Art Direction: Greg Papalia
Those of you who subscribe to our free enewsletter received an advance notice about The Scorpion King a few hours after its opening. You already know the its scoring distribution plus a couple key elements in the show. You already know this is another R-13, another "What were the MPAA thinking!?" You know also that the young girls in the audience (early to mid teens) squealed with glee and comments of delight when the scorpion king and the sorceress were nude together. And you know that I don't wonder what was on the minds of the young lads in the audience as a young lad in the movie tossed a coin into a "fountain" and "yes-s-s-s-sed" with gratitude for his wish being answered as a nude woman pops up out of the water. But that is not all. More later.
Mathayus (Dwayne Johnson) and two more men who turn out to be no more than opportunities to proving more onscreen killing are hired for 20 blood rubies by an ousted ruler who lost his kingship because of his failure to save his people from Memnon (Steven Brand), the evil ruler who is destroying the lives of everyone in his path to world domination. Their wages were 20 blood rubies. There is little more to say about the story but a lot to say about the programming and its content.
Memnon's abilities to be so successful in destroying so many people and tribes was the sorceress [Rev. 21:8, which pretty much covers the whole show], Cassandra (Kelly Hu). And her powers would be lost once she had sex with Memnon, which he planned to take once he had conquered all he wanted to conquer and no longer needed Cassandra's power. Along the way, Mathayus picks up Balthazar (Michael Clarke Duncan, the "gentle giant" of The Green Mile), the leader of a clan sworn to defend all against Memnon. Together, Mathayus and Balthazar plus some necessaries storm Memnon's castle and save the world.
Kelly Hu was the quintessential displayer of female skin. And that she did. All of it a couple times. A lot of it almost all the time. Her main outfit was bare from the ankle to the shoulder, essentially two panels of fabric, one in the front and one in the back loosely thonged to her. Other actresses were hired to display much of their -- uh -- selves as well but sporadically and briefly. While there were no issues of foul language noted, the violence was massive. The number of sword or arrow killings and murders are uncountable.
I will not spend a lot of time summarizing this film and will let the listing in the Findings/Scoring section, the heart of the CAP analysis model speak for the content of this movie. Please inspect it for a full accounting of the application of the CAP analysis model to this movie.
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*******Food for Thought*******
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):
Offense to God (O)(2):
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|NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.|
|"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 nearly seven 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.|