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(2003), PG-13 -- ...seemingly endless stream of ignominy and assaults on morality and ethics.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Columbia Pictures Corporation, Camelot Pictures
Distribution (US): Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director(s): Clark Johnson
Producer(s): Amanda Cohen, Louis D'Esposito, Dan Halsted, George Huang, Chris Lee, Neal H. Moritz
Written by/Screenplay: Robert Hamner (characters); Ron Mita, Jim McClain (story); David Ayer, David McKenna (screenplay)
Cinematography/Camera: Gabriel Beristain
Music: Elliot Goldenthal
Film Editing: Michael Tronick
Casting: Sarah Finn, Sarah Halley, Randi Hiller
Production Design: Mayne Schuyler Berke
Art Direction: Gershon Ginsburg
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
"What WAS the MPAA thinking?" I've said that four times in the more than 700 analysis reports. Now it is said five times. And I'll keep saying it as long as the MPAA approves of such progamming as that in S.W.A.T. for our 13 year old kids.
Seventy uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary! [Col. 3:8] Eleven uses of God's name in vain WITH the four letter expletive and two without it! [Deut. 5:11] One use of the most foul of the foul words! [Eph. 5:4] At least 16 murders/killings, once by throat slicing then the murderer wiping the blood from the knife on his white shirt sleeve! [Prov. 3:31-32]
In a brain-dead plot with some high wattage performers suffocated by it, the legendary Sgt. Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson (Samuel L. Jackson) of the L.A.P.D. is brought into play to form a special S.W.A.T. unit with street cops Jim Street (Colin Farrell); T. J. McCabe (Josh Charles); Chris Sanchez (Michelle Rodriguez); Deke Kay (LL Cool J); Michael Boxer (Brian Van Holt); Brian Gamble (Jeremy Renner). Street is an ex-S.W.A.T. officer kicked off the S.W.A.T. team along with McCabe who shot a citizen in a hostage situation. Rodriguez had been denied S.W.A.T. because she is a woman. Kay was selected because of his obvious special drive. The reason Boxer was brought into the team is unclear to me other than his sister is Street's ex-girlfriend. Gamble is jut another character to fill a spot served later in the plot along with McCabe as cops gone bad.
Drug lord Alex Montel (Oliver Martinez), captured by the police, has made a televised statement that he will pay $100 million to anyone who can get him out of custody. Now, every slime and slug oozes out from under rocks and decaying foliage to vie for the $100 million. Montel even offers $66 million to Street, Sanchez, McCabe and Gamble to release him. McCabe and Gamble accept the bribe and become enemies of truth, justice and [what used to be] the American way.
If you've seen the trailer, you've seen the show minus the seemingly endless stream of ignominy and assaults on morality and ethics. S.W.A.T. is a killing movie. [Mark 7:21; Rev. 21:8] Nothing more. Nothing less. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will provide you all you need to decide for yourself whether S.W.A.T. is your cinematic cup-o-tea. Please read the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether to take you teens to see this film. I will warn you that S.W.A.T. is an excellent example of the desensitization warned of in Ps 12:8.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
|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.|