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(2004), PG
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
September 16, 2004
74 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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

(2004), PG -- Wonderful! Another PG that is truly PG.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Brooklyn Films, Brooklyn Films II
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Kerry Conran
Producer(s): Jon Avnet, Brooke Breton, Aurelio De Laurentiis, Raffaella De Laurentiis, Sadie Frost, Robert Gordon, Bill Haber, Hester Hargett, Jude Law, Marsha Oglesby
Written by: Kerry Conran
Cinematography/Camera: Eric Adkins
Music: Ed Shearmur
Film Editing: Sabrina Plisco
Casting: Abi Cohen, Richard Pagano
Production Design: Kevin Conran
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow earned a CAP final score of 74 which places it in the top of the bottom half of the scoring range earned by PG movies (86 to 68 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. Only the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) investigation area score revealed programming equivalent to R-rated movies in the comparative baseline database and only because of the volume of examples of violence and/or crime, not due to any particular severity (See the CAP Rule of 1000). All other investigation areas (I, S, D, O and M) earned scores equivalent to PG or G-rated movies in the baseline database. Wonderful! Another PG that is truly PG.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is a nostalgic journey back to the days of Hollywood and Fritz Lang's Metropolis of 1927. There is no similarity in plot or story with Metropolis but the look feel of Sky Captain are strikingly similar and as huge in presence. It is an excellent revisit to the mood and style of the futuristic films of a time long gone, bringing together the grandeur of days gone by and modern technology in a visually unique way.

Filming in mostly in drab monotone color (I think it is called sepia tone) added power to the impossibly fantastic mechanical monsters of gigantic proportion attacking New York. One might even expect the original Superman, Flash Gordon and The Rocketeer to make cameo appearances in this somewhat enjoyable reliving of the once relatively moral responsibility and respect of Hollywood of yesteryear.

Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow), not-so-mild-mannered reporter for the New York Chronicle, was on the trail of some scientists of Germany's Unit 11 who were working on a doomsday weapon just before World War I. A pen stroke though six of seven names tells us six of seven scientists disappeared. The one remaining, Dr. Walter Jennings (Trevor Baxter) warned of the efforts of Dr. Totenkopf (Laurence Olivier - posthumously) to dominate the world or leave it in a space ark complete with a pair of every animal on the planet.

As Polly argued with her boss, Editor Morris Paley (Michael Gambon) about her reckless risk-taking, Totenkopf launched an attack on midtown Manhattan of New York with his flying mechanical beasties, each just like the next and about 100 feet tall. Cries for help went out for Captain H. Joseph "Sky Captain" Sullivan (Jude Law). Fear was that only Sky Captain could save the world from Totenkopf and Totenkopf's pillaging for generators and his war with mankind.

Key aide and whom appeared to be Sky Captain's brains was raygun maker and expert analyst Dex Dearborn (Giovanni Ribisi). Discovering that Totenkopf was behind all the mayhem, thanks to Dex, Sullivan and Perkins flew off to Nepal to seek out Totenkopf and kill him to save the world.

Conveniently in the mix was Commander Francesca "Franky" Cook who commanded special high altitude "aircraft carriers." Cook was more than just a military marvel. She was also a likely competitor of Perkins' for Sky Captain's affections. Perkins and Sullivan were an item at one time and apparently so was Franky and Sullivan, which may have been part of the reason for a "falling out" between Perkins and Sullivan.

To present any more of the plot and story would be a disservice should you decide that which we reveal for you in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP Analysis Model) is acceptable as a popcorn Saturday afternoon at the movies with the family. There is much violence of various sorts of the lesser kind -- nothing even approaching the severity of violence we are inundated with in many modern action films. No heads are blown off and no guts are splattered on a wall by gunfire. About the most extreme issue of violence was likely one of the characters being incinerated by electric shock. [Prov. 3:31-32, 1 Cor. 15:33]

There were, however, five uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary but none of the most foul of the foul words. [Prov. 22:11] God's name is used in vain, also five times but, not that it excuses even one use of God's name in vain, all five uses of his name in vain were without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]

The most severe sexual matter in this film was likely the scene of two men and one women in bed nude, though nothing gender-specific was seen, stripped of their clothing due to contamination -- a scene that, like the language, could have very easily been left out altogether and not have cost the film one erg of cinematic energy. Or maybe the most severe sexual matter may be the crude comment about female breasts. Maybe the most offensive sexual matter to you would be the use of a statue that may incite children to ask (quoting the script) "Mommy, what are those two guys doing?" Anything to get at least an ambiguous reference to homosexual practices in this film for kids, I guess. Well! I understand the National Education Association is trying to get or has already gotten teachings of homosexuality into classes as early as kindergarten. Why not films, too?

Whichever is the most severe to you, the sexual matters are all clearly intentional inclusions to get at least some some sexual naughtiness in the film. [Gal. 5:19, Ps. 12:8] Whichever is the most severe for your family is your decision to make. We don't judge for your family. You do. We objectively tell you what is there and give you not-otherwise-available unique Rock-solid comparative analysis tools. You decide on its fitness for your family.

Please consider inspecting closely the listing in the Findings/Scoring section to help you make an informed decision whether this film is or is not fit for your family or yourselves.


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  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways,...
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • 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 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, pay for 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 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • 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.
    (The OBJECTIVE heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • sci-fi violence, repeatedly with some gore
  • action violence/peril, repeatedly
  • breaking and entering
  • weapon fire to kill, repeatedly
  • beating
  • battle violence, repeatedly
  • kidnapping (unseen)
  • knife to throat, twice
  • attempted murder by explosion, two
  • firearms to control, repeatedly
  • goal to kill, for most of the film
  • sickness gore
  • request to be killed
  • death by incineration due to electric shock
  • decayed body
  • woman knocked out for her protection

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lying

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • rude gaze
  • crude comment about female breasts
  • two men and one woman in bed nude (gender-specifics unseen) with comments about their nudity
  • statue that may incite children to ask (quoting the script) "Mommy, what are those two guys doing?"

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • five uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • seeking revenge
  • mockery of God and faith in Him

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted



    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.

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