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(2004), NR [R-NR*] (1hr 42.4min)

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September 10, 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.

(2004), NR [R-NR*] ... several subplots woven together in an intricate cinematic fabric ... but definitely R-equivalent.

Production (US): Majestic Productions, Signal Hill Productions
Distribution (US): (2004), Trinity Broadcasting Network (2006), Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009)
Director(s): Kevin Downes
Producer(s): Paul Crouch Jr., Bobby Downes, Kevin Downes, Terry Hickey, Jeffrey Lee Hollis, Declan Joyce, Chipper Lowell, Coleman Luck III, Geoff Ludlow, Cosimo Michael Occhipinti, D. Gunther Tarampi, Dan Wells, Marta Wells, David A.R. White
Story by: Kevin Downes, David White, Fletcher Grayson
Written by: Fletcher Graywon, Chipper Lowell, David A. R. White
Cinematography/Camera: Philip Hurn
Music: Stefan Fantini, Mark Fantini
Film Editing: Jeffrey Lee Hollis
Production Design: Laird Pulver
Art Direction: Niko Vilaivongs
Viewed on Home Video

This is the first R-equivalent movie I have seen that does not contain at least profanity and nudity. I didn't know it could be done, but it has now.

In a futuristic pre-Armageddon setting, a man called The Leader, who claims to be God [2 Thess. 2:4], using high-tech surveillance has destroyed the order of things we have known and imprisons all who do not comply with the new order, the Community. Death by guillotine awaits anyone who resists the Community and the conformity it requires - that all must accept the mark of the beast by receiving an implant on their right hands or on their foreheads. [Rev. 13:16 - 18]

Car thieves Brody (David White) and Jerry (Kevin Downes) are captured by the Community Police Force (CPF) and sent to prison. Brody and Jerry have not accepted the mark of the beast on their right hands or foreheads and are sentenced to death unless they agree to deny Jesus as Lord. Interspersed with this activity, ex-LA police officer Tom Newman (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is introduced as he peddles his smuggled contraband. Newman has not accepted the mark either and is tortured instead of killed because the CPF wants to use Newman to infiltrate a renegade Christian group led by Elisha Cohen (Cosimo Michael ) to assassinate him.

In the prison the quintessential trio meet dozens of believers in Christ who worship together as their two weeks to live grow shorter day by day. The walls of every cell are plastered with verses from the Bible. All the prisoners must do to be set free is to accept the mark of the beast - a microchip implant. But they won't. They are not afraid to die since they know where they are going after death. And that irritates the CPF - the fear of being killed is their key control tool but it doesn't work with the Christians. A fellow named Luke (Steven Baldwin) serves as the jailbird "pastor" of the prisoners. Luke claims to speak with God and knows many things about the newcomers before they even open their mouths. Luke also provides a path for the escape of Brody, Jerry and Tom much like the angel who enables Peter's escape from Herod's prison [Acts 12:7], even the opened iron gate [Acts 12:10]

These are just a few of the several subplots woven together in an intricate cinematic fabric too complex to summarize here ... but definitely R-equivalent. SIX: The Mark Unleashed is another end-times thriller bearing a common thread with and an added perspective of the Bible's accounting of how life in the end-times is expected to be [2 Tim. 3:1 - 5]. One of the interesting things the story portrays is that people must choose to accept the mark of the beast: that if it is forced on someone s/he will either die or "go bananas." That is a clever device that points well to personal accountability.

Just a quick note about one matter of attention to detail in the film. The jailhouse guards in this film carry firearms in the dayroom of the cell pods. I have served as a jailhouse medic for a large county jail with more than 3000 inmates and can tell you that carrying firearms around the inmates is not done. In any jail. The pod guards must oversee 40 to 60 inmates (they are not prisoners ... yet) and at any time the 40 to 60 inmates could easily overpower a guard ... and if s/he has a firearm... The Sheriff would not even let me carry scissors or a penlight to check pupil response.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual CAP investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Several times a six-bay guillotine with blades hoisted above six men with their necks in the stocks and the blades falling is seen, then off camera are the sounds of the six blades slicing and six heads falling into baskets.

These are just examples of the violence in this clearly R-equivalent film. The extent of the violence content is too great to summarize here. A full accounting of the violence content is provided in the Findings section.

It might be advisable to remind our readers of God's Word about violence: that violence is "catching" and can lead one "into the way that is not good." [Prov. 16:29] Since God "published His findings" about violence, man has chimed in on His Wisdom by four professional public health agencies jointly publishing their findings which warn that viewing violence in and as entertainment, especially by the young, can (among other behavioral aberrations) lead to real life violence and can lead the viewer to believing violence is an acceptable means of settling conflict.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 87 out of 100
There is not one instance of profanity or the most foul of the foul words in the entire 102.4 minutes of the film. But a lengthy oration of licentious and anarchical freedoms, avarice, population control, concupiscence, death, murder and more plus some talk of taking visceral pleasure in torture stole a few points from the starting 100 points in this investigation area. [2 Tim. 3:1 - 5]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 97 out of 100
Part of the lifestyle of the new order portrayed as acceptable and even encouraged is pansexuality.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 80 out of 100
Drinking alcohol is seen twice. Smoking is seen once.

Offense to God (O) - 25 out of 100
In a film about the end-times it can be expected to see and hear a number of violations, corruptions and counterfeitings of His Word. Such is true for this film as well. A long oration about the new order and its licentious freedoms is heard. Extreme corruption of the Gospel of Jesus is presented. Denial of Heaven and Hell is noted. Calling Salvation a bad influence is used as well. As each of these may be "necessary" to what the writers wanted said, simply that they are said might cause that which God warned us of about such: that "smooth talk" and vain philosophy may cause some, or even one to walk away from Jesus and embrace the freedom from accountability, freedom from authority and freedom from consequences the lifestyle of the end times will nurture. [Zech. 10:2, 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17, Rom. 16:18, Col. 2:8]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 22 out of 100
Three shooters are seen gunning down seven helpless Christians. There are at least ten gunfire murders in this film. There is no gore but the impact of such behavior does not necessarily need gore to be potentially corruptive. In such a cinematic event, the influence is made. Gore would be little more than eye candy to them who like gore. Nothing more.

One technique used by the filmmakers to "sanitize" demonstration of cinematic murder is to show the victim with the shooter aiming a gun at him/her then breaking away to just the shooter discharging the firearm or breaking to the next scene while just hearing the firearm discharge. The influence of such a display under such a technique is hardly minimized. As long as the discharge of the firearm is heard, whether seen, it is clear what has cinematically happened.


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  • 2 Thess. 2:4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
  • Rev. 13:16 - 18 And he [the antiChrist] causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
  • Acts 12:7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
  • Acts 12:10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.
  • 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 "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not 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 the 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. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • 2 Tim. 3:1 - 5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection [astorgos: unsociable, inhuman; homosexuality, bestiality, etc.], trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce [anemeros: brutal, sadistic], despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof [e.g., Sunday-only and counterfeit Christians]: from such turn away.
  • Zech. 10:2 The idols speak deceit, diviners see visions that lie; they tell dreams that are false, they give comfort in vain. Therefore the people wander like sheep oppressed for lack of a shepherd.
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17 But shun profane [ungodly] and vain [empty, useless] babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker...
  • Rom. 16:18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

    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 when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to 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 [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.)

    TITLE (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • flash image of warfare
  • breaking and entering
  • auto theft, twice
  • smuggling contraband
  • moving violation - traffic
  • firearm for control, repeatedly
  • dealing in stolen cars
  • reckless driving to avoid capture, repeatedly
  • electrical torture, repeatedly
  • order to kill, repeatedly
  • discussion of the pathology of decapitation
  • physical assault, frequent
  • an adult male taunting a young girl to get in his car
  • beating
  • firearm threat, repeatedly
  • threat to kill, repeatedly
  • abduction of two at gunpoint
  • gunfire shooting in an attempt to kill
  • gun battle

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 87 out of 100
  • long oration of licentiousness and anarchical freedoms, murder, population control, death and more
  • talk of visceral pleasure at sounds and sights of torture

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 97 out of 100
  • portrayal of embracement of pansexuality

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 80 out of 100
  • booze
  • drinking
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O) - 25 out of 100
  • unholy monologue to minimize, defeat and deny God's Sovereignty, repeatedly
  • smooth talk to falsify and deny God's Word, repeatedly
  • extreme corruption of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • denial of Heaven and Hell
  • calling Salvation a bad influence
  • inhuman power

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 22 out of 100
  • props and sounds of beheading, multiple, repeatedly
  • at least ten gunfire murders

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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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