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(2003), PG-13

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 8, 2003
18 out of 100

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

(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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  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [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.]
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • Mark 7:21 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, ...
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [practitioners of witchcraft, magic, sorcery], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    ***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 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]. [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.
  • 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.


    TITLE (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • graphic gun battles with police, repeatedly
  • automatic and other gunfire to kill/attempted gunfire murder, often
  • hostages with children
  • threats to kill hostages, repeatedly
  • defensive killing, repeatedly
  • gambling
  • assault of a police officer
  • illegal flight to avoid lawful capture
  • fighting
  • admission of murdering father
  • police corruption, twice
  • bloody neck gunfire injury
  • profusion of firearms to control, threaten
  • firearm to face
  • brutality

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 70 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • facial piercing
  • massive tattoos

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • insult by innuendo and other innuendo, repeatedly
  • vulgar innuendo, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • belly skin
  • cohabitation
  • adults in underwear, repeatedly
  • women as sex toys
  • exhibitionism, twice
  • sexual request
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • inappropriate touch
  • vulgar gesture

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking
  • bar, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • 11 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and twice without
  • Satanic symbol as graffiti

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • multiple gunfire murders
  • murder by throat cut
  • murder by shooting down helicopter
  • murders by explosion
  • suicide by handgun (off screen)

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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 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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