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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 52min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
July 29, 2005
47 out of 100

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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] -- ...the war is more against Edi than terrorism.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Columbia Pictures Corporation, Original Film, Phoenix Pictures, Laura Ziskin Productions, AFG Talons Productions
Distribution (US): Columbia Pictures
Director(s): Rob Cohen
Producer(s): Michelle Glass, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Neal H. Moritz, Kwame Parker, E. Bennett Walsh, Laura Ziskin
Written by: W.D. Richter
Cinematography/Camera: Dean Semler
Music: BT, Trevor Morris
Film Editing: Stephen E. Rivkin
Casting: Sarah Finn, Randi Hiller, Christine King
Production Design: Jonathan Lee, J. Michael Riva
Art Direction: Richard Hobbs, Charlie Revai
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Lieutenants Ben Gannon (Josh Lucas), Kara Wade (Jessica Biel) and Henry Purcell (Jamie Foxx) are expert fighter pilots for the Navy. They fly state of the art fighter jets called Talons which are capable of pinpoint accuracy with the right hands at the controls. Wing group Gannon (field commander), Wade and Purcell provide exactly that. With presidential authority and under the command of Capt. George Cummings (Sam Shepard) Gannon, Wade and Purcell are an elite anti-terrorist fighting unit.

There is a new kid on the block. His name is Edi (Extreme Deep Invader), a state-of-the-art prototype jet for the new wave of aerial warfare. Edi is the creation of genius Keith Orbit. Edi is highly automated. So automated it, err, "he" according to Cummings, does not need a pilot. Edi is fully capable of flying itself and of making its own decisions through artificial intelligence.

Edi becomes the fourth in the previously three-member Wing. Gannon is old school and claims no machine can make moral decisions.

One assignment of the new Wing is to take out an "empty" building used by terrorists. It has a roof of 14 feet thick concrete and no missile is capable of penetrating that thickness of concrete.

Edi is not at all concerned about collateral damage (civilians being killed). This gives substance to Gannon's claim that a machine cannot make moral decisions or judgments. Gannon is concerned but acquiesces to prevent Edi from proving a military machine can do what a soldier cannot.

Edi calculates that if the jet that launches the attack missile speeds up to a point where the host jet speed is high enough it will give the missile enough initial speed to be able to achieve the necessary velocity to penetrate the concrete. When pulling out of a dive at that speed there is a 73 percent chance a human pilot would black out, so Edi draws the short straw of destroying the "empty" building and anyone who is not in it. But Gannon won't have it and commandeers the task. And does the job 100/100.

Another assignment is to take out nuclear weapons being transported for assault. But there was a village nearby that would be covered in radioactive fallout if they blew up the warheads. This, for your information, is Hollywood hype. A nuclear bomb won't detonate as a nuclear explosion by being blown up by a missile. A significant high explosives chemical explosion, yes. But a nuclear explosion, no. The fissile material of the bomb, the radioactive nuclear core, could be spread about by the chemical explosion from the high explosives surrounding the nuclear core, but a nuclear explosion won't happen. It takes some very sophisticated electronics to make a nuclear bomb detonate as a nuclear explosion. If a nuclear missile would blow up as a nuclear explosion if the warhead blown up, we could not use anti-ballistic missiles to blow up incoming nuclear missiles.

Anyway, Edi was all set to launch its missiles, caring nothing about the people. But Gannon and company had a problem with that. Yes, this story is likely a satirical insult of Bush administration regarding Iraq. There is even a toppling of a large city building to make the likelihood high. Japan killed a lot fewer of our people in Pearl Harbor than Osama Bin Laden killed in 9-11. But back then a foreign power killing our people was reason enough to get behind our country and its administration rather than speak in rebellious terms against it.

Soon, Edi is hit by lightning and that gives it the ability to write its own code. Now the war is more against Edi than terrorism. If anybody chooses to watch Stealth who has seen 2001: A Space Odyssey, see if you can recognize Hal in Stealth.

A rest and relaxation break gives Purcell enough time to demonstrate another of his skills -- womanizing [1John 2:16, 1Ths. 4:1-5]. A period after Wade is shot down and chased by the falling debris of her destroyed Talon gives the audience a chance to see a romance materialize between Gannon and Wade to which we are lightly introduced in small skits the first half of the show.

Stealth is a dazzling display of techno-gadetry, lights fantastic, and roof-shaking warfare, but there are some dents in its gleaming metal.

In this "PG-13" there were 37 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus one of the most foul of the foul words [Col. 3:8] and one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive plus three uses without it [Deut. 5:11]. A really fine example dontchaknow for broadening the vocabulary of the middle schoolers targeted by this film.

Sexually immoral behaviors and language in this film were limited largely to matters such as excessive cleavage, below navel skin (low enough to threaten exposing that which follows), semi-thong nudity, camera angle to force the viewer on private parts and talk of sexually immoral deeds. [Col. 2:20 - 23, Eph. 4:19]

There were several portrayals of drinking alcoholic beverages, drunkenness and smoking. All portrayed as quite acceptable, of course. Maybe such demonstrations in and as entertainment would not be a problem for the target audience had the American College of Physicians not found an undeniable link between adolescent abuse of these substances and the presentation of them in and as entertainment. [Eph. 5:18]

While all warfare and military killings were incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime rather than Murder/Suicide, there was one murder of the self. A suicide. [Ex 20:13]


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  • 1John 2:16 For everything in the world -the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does -comes not from the Father but from the world.
  • 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), 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.]
  • 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.]
  • Col. 2:20 - 23 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world [cast off slavery to lewd behavior and thought], why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. [In other words, if you have accepted Christ as your Lord and resurrected Savior, why do you still think it is okay to lust and perform sexual behaviors outside of a heterosexual marriage and tease with your body through exhibitionism because the world ("everybody else") does it and indeed encourages and emboldens such values but your Savior's Word says it is detestable?]
  • Eph. 4:19 Having lost all sensitivity, they [the sinful] have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance. 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. A recent study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2]
  • Ex 20:13 Thou shalt not kill. (NIV) Exod. 20:13 You shall not murder. [Suicide is murder of the self.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want 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 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 you], 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 [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] 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 - 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. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • 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.

    Stealth (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • military action violence, many, varying intensities
  • many weapons for assault
  • military assault to kill, repeatedly
  • many killed by terrorism
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • many killings by defensive explosions
  • attempted murder by injection
  • defensive killing by injection
  • attempted sniper murder
  • assault
  • firearms to control
  • gunfire battle with two deaths
  • defensive killings by gunfire and explosion, many
  • gunfire injuries
  • pursuit to kill

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 37 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • defiance of command
  • lie to cover defiance
  • other lies
  • military-political-corporate corruption

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • excessive cleavage
  • rude gaze
  • below navel skin to threaten exposure of what follows
  • semi-thong nudity
  • revealing swim wear
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • tattoo in sensual location
  • admission of sexually immoral deeds and implication of others

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • drunkenness"Don't think. Drink"
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and three times without
  • worship of false gods

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • suicide by gunfire (behind closed door)

  • Christian Educators Association International



    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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