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(2009), Not Rated [Soft G-NR*] (1hr 27.2min)

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March 25, 2011
March 26, 2011

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2009), Not Rated [Soft G-NR*] ... could be very sobering and even disturbing

Production (US): Cloud Ten Pictures
Distribution (US): Cloud Ten Pictures
Director(s): André van Heerdon
Producer(s): Paul LaLonde, Grant R. Jeffrey, Michael Walker, Dr. Katherine Albrecht
Host: Grant R. Jeffrey
Writing Credits: André van Heerdon
Film Editing: Steve hutchings
Viewed at Cloud Ten Pictures Online Screening Room

This film will make little sense to most children mainly because of the typically underdeveloped experiential maturity of most children. But what it has to say could be very sobering and even disturbing to you as educated and informed adults. It delves deeply into surveillance practices, loss of freedoms and ... shadow government.

The film reports that knowledge is doubling every four years now and much of that knowledge is applied to clandestine, secretive gathering of personal information in ways of which most of us are not and cannot be aware. One expert claimed "We, the people" have become we, the chattel.

With a final score of 95 out of 100 Shadow Government earns its place in the range of scores earned by G-rated films (87 to 100 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. But it has some teeth you might want to know about before you determine for which audience this film is fit. If only one of the investigation area scores (W, I, S, D, O, M) is 86 or less out of 100, the film earns the yellow CAPCon Alert light. That is the case for this film. If the Shadow Government content would have earned just nine more points in the just Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area, it would have earned the rare green CAPCon Alert light.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 77 out of 100
There are images of the destruction of a large business building which is obviously used on a daily basis. When discussing Hitler's tactics there is a scene of massive deaths indicated by many human skulls. Though no firearm is discharged at anyone in this film, firearms are used for autocratic purposes. Some military weaponry and maneuvers seen with transporting an injured soldier and a scene of a double hanging by the neck can disturb many.

As with any violence, whether it be real or in and as entertainment, each exposure to violence can and does proselytize and even embolden many. God warned us of this a long, long time ago in Prov. 16:29 and other verses, long before four professional public health agencies finally came around to agree with God whether intentional or even knowingly.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 96 out of 100
Also as part of the visuals used when the film discusses Hitler's tactics, a scene of many Jewish folks were forced against a wall, thus expressing his hatred of the Jewish people through his intense persecution of them. [Rom. 12:18]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 96 out of 100
The only instance of anything that remotely approaches sexual material was the scene of the computer generated wire frame image of the naked human body.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
No use or possession of illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages or abuse of prescription drugs were noted.

Offense to God (O) - 100 out of 100
God's name was not abused even once. There were no demonstrations of cult/occult practices, Satanism, sorcery, witchcraft or the like and no glorification of the self above Him.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There were no murders or suicides seen in this film.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" ["man" here is enowsh {en-oshe"}: man (collective), mortal, person, mankind; contracted for iysh {eesh}: whosoever, each] can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not since the cinematic display is at the hands men and women, in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil or the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Rom. 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to 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 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] 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 us], 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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto 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 {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; 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.]
  • 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.)

    Shadow Government (2009) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 77 out of 100
  • image of destruction of an inhabited business building
  • image of death by display of many skulls
  • images of firearms used for autocratic purposes
  • military weaponry and maneuvers with transport of an injured soldier
  • image of a double hanging

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 96 out of 100
  • image of intense persecution

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 96 out of 100
  • computer generated wire frame human nudity

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    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 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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