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(2010), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (1hr 26.6min)

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May 8, 2011
May 24, 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.

(2010), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Black Monday Film Services, Hydraulx, Rat Entertainment, Relativity Media
Distribution (US): Universal Studies Home Entertainment
Director(s): Colin Strause, Greg Strause
Producer(s): Kristian James Andersen, Paul Barry, Liz Dean, Ryan Kavanaugh, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Tracey Landon, Liam O'Donnell, Brett Ratner, Colin Strause, Greg Strause, Tucker Tooley
Written by: Joshua Cordes, Liam O'Donnell
Cinematography/Camera: Michael Watson
Music: Matthew Margeson
Film Editing: Nicholas Wayman-Harris
Casting: Liz Dean
Production Design: Drew Dalton
Viewed on Universal Studies Home Entertainment DVD

Shades of War of the Worlds! Skyline seems to copy War of the Worlds, both the 1953 version and the 2005 version since Skyline and both War of the Worlds versions each have aliens harvesting human beings for food. The aliens even come to the earth in the same way - a bolt from the sky, white bolts in War of the Worlds and blue in Skyline. Skyline even seems to copy Independence Day with huge, lumbering spacecraft hovering over cities of the Earth. Even Night of the Living Dead seems to be plagiarized as human brains become food for the bad guys.

And that is how the story opens, with Los Angels being bombarded with bright blue bolts from the sky. Jarrod (Eric Balfour) and Elaine (Scottie Thompson) are rudely awakened early one morning by the brilliant blue light emitted by the alien infestation. When Jarrod opened the drapes to investigate, he is ... changed. Physically. His face and chest begin to look like decayed flesh which keeps getting worse until he left the light when he slowly returned to "normal." As normal as can be expected since human exposure to the blue light seems to give the human some sort of great power.

Rewind! The story moves back to do a little character building and introduces us to the key characters. In addition to Jarrod and Elaine who are vacationing on the West Coast we meet: Terry (Donald Faison - Remember the Titans), a good long-time rich friend of Jarrod; Denise (Crystal Reed), Terry's live-in mistress; Candice (Brittany Daniel), Terry's actual wife; Oliver (David Zayas) hotel superintendent.

All these people end up trapped in Terry's penthouse and are picked off, one by one by the aliens as they try to escape by going to a nearby marina - it seems none of the aliens are over or near sea water, maybe because the human density over water is nothing compared to in large cities. When the "mother ships" are still they shine the blue beam on people to draw them up into the ship. In the movie poster above the "dust" in the blue beam is people.

Regarding the content of this film the main thrust is action violence ... and immoral sex ... and profanity ... and alcohol ... and blasphemy (use of God's name in vain).

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
The thickness of violence is rather heavy at times. Examples of violence include flesh decimation, action violence of graphic intensity and aliens collecting humans for food in a sewage-like pool of slime and refuse. While the theme apparently hopes the violence is "sanitized" from being graphically influential by portraying the vast majority of the violence as by alien sources, it is still violence. God has warned us about violence in so many ways but the best example of Scripture teaching us of the influence of violence I have found is Prov. 16:29. Proverbs 16:29 is one of the places God warns us of the "catching" or contagious properties of violence. Further, 2000 years after God gave us His Word about violence, man in the form of four professional public health agencies jointly warning us that "viewing violence can led to real life violence."

Finally, be aware that God speaks darkly of violence 54 times in the Bible. It is not wise to embrace violence whether in and as entertainment or in real life. It can change you. I remember a line from a older film that said "If you dance with the devil, you don't change him. He changes you." Don't "dance" with violence, folks.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Twenty four times someone utters some form of the three/four letter word vocabulary. That in and of itself is enough assaults on morality and decency to cause the loss of all the starting 100 points in this investigation area, but a couple other matters of impudence are mixed in the works.

God wishes us to speak in positive and supportive ways. [Eph. 4:29, Prov. 22:11] In Col. 3:8 God directs that our communication be free of anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy and filthy communication. There are many other examples of His Word admonishing us not to speak with profanity. One might think that since God is so set against "filthy communication" that we would get the hint.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 23 out of 100
Innuendo regarding intercourse. Inappropriate touch. A woman in a towel only. Below navel skin. A man and a woman in bed. More. Many things that in this day and age seem to be innocuous to us, but not to God. His Word regarding sexually immoral deeds and speech can be summed up as any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity (including speech) outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful. [1 Ths. 4:1 - 5, 1 John 2:16]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 15 out of 100
Having a PG-13 MPAA rating on this film invites any adolescent to view it. The alcohol content is enough to make the content found by this investigation area equivalent to the same content found in many R-rated films. That danger of such exposure is in the influence of it. A 2002 study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) found the entertainment industry having such content in it to be guilty of leading youth into the world of alcohol.

The study revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The finding entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions. [Eph 5:18]

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
    God is clear about how He feels about people abusing His name. Deuteronomy 5:11 warns us that God will hold him/her guilty for using 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 responsible discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or "It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with God.

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 81 out of 100
    The one murder in this film was portrayed as being done by one of the aliens. Murder is murder whether some filmmaker has it portrayed as by an alien or otherwise.

    The one suicide was portrayed as a noble attempt to destroy one of the aliens. Suicide is not something to toy with, especially before the target audience. Please understand that suicide is murder ... murder of the self.


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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" 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 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.]
  • Eph. 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • 1Ths. 4:1-5 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), crude talk, promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; [Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them. Be not a seeker of any manner of sexually-oriented imagery or behavior outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage. For any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity (including speech) outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful.]
  • 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes [which includes that which makes him lust, e.g., images and talk], and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. [The "world" here is kosmos {kos'-mos}: the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men and women alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.
  • Deut. 5:11 You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

    ***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.)

    Skyline (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • destructive objects falling from sky, repeatedly
  • flesh decimation, repeatedly
  • firearm
  • gunfire to disable lock
  • horse of people being pulled up into alien spacecraft
  • action violence of varying intensities, repeatedly
  • alien machine consuming humans, repeatedly
  • graphic scarring
  • air battle with many deaths
  • impalement
  • aliens harvesting human brains
  • decapitation, three
  • many humans submerged in sewage-like slime and refuse

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 24 uses of profanity
  • massive tattoos
  • open urination

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 23 out of 100
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • man and woman in bed
  • innuendo re: intercourse in background song
  • painting nudity
  • inappropriate touch
  • woman in towel only
  • women as toys/ornaments
  • cohabitation for sex
  • "gay" couple
  • peeping
  • attempt to get sex
  • exposure to below navel skin threatening exposure of that which follows, repeatedly - male
  • pregnancy by immoral sex

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 15 out of 100
  • booze, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • 28 abuses of God's name, all without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 81 out of 100
  • murder by alien
  • suicide to kill alien assailant

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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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