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(2010), PG-13 [Hardcore R-13*] (2hr 0.5min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Screen Gems, Rainforest Films, Grand Hustle Entertainment, Overbrook Entertainment
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director(s): John Luessenhop
Producer(s): Chris Brown, Gabriel Casseus, Morris Chestnut, George Flynn, Glenn S. Gainor, Jason Geter, William Packer, Nicolas Stern, T.I.
Writing Credits: Peter Allen, Gabriel Casseus, John Luessenhop, Avery Duff
Cinematography/Camera: Michael Barrett
Music: Paul Haslinger
Film Editing: Armen Minasian
Casting: Lindsey Hayes Kroeger, David Rapaport
Production Design: Jon Gary Steele
Art Direction: Chris Cornwell
Viewed Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD
"PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, a sexual situation and partial nudity and some language." That is what the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has to say about the content of this film.Now discover the truth about the content of this hardcore R-13.
Profanity at a rate of 76.5 per hour (this plus a few other matters of impudence/hate make the figure 78.2 per hour as shown in the CAP thermometers). I guess 76.5 uses of profanity per hour is "some language" to the MPAA. [Col. 3:8, Prov. 13:3, Prov. 22:11] It's a free speech thing I guess -- can't deride the filmmakers for the speech they choose to use. Or something like that. Well, I have news for they who think free speech gives them the right to speak with profanity. The freedom of speech n-e-v-e-r had anything to do with profanity. It was not until ten liberal ex-hippies in long robes decided to desecrate the graves of the authors of the freedom of speech with freedom to profane. Well, maybe the ex-hippies manufactured a right to speak with profanity if we decide to do so, but we also have as much a right, by the Constitution, to not have to hear it AND to protect our children from it. One day the ten liberal ex-hippies will realize that the freedom of speech no more gives us a right to speak publicly with profanity any more than the freedom of expression gives us the right to engage in indecent exposure.
Maybe kids at school, some kids anyway, talk that way. Well? Why do you suppose they do since the entertainment diet of only 16 percent of middle school students is controlled. [Ref: A 2002 Study by the American College of Physicians.] So much for the worn out argument which claims movies don't affect us.
Violence at a rate of 22.4 per hour. Four American professional health agencies, starting with the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association have jointly agreed that viewing violence in and as entertainment may "lead to violence in real life." Strangely enough God agrees with the authors of the joint statement. [1 Cor. 15:33] Again, so much for the worn out argument that claims movies don't affect us. [Prov. 16:29]
How the MPAA could have slapped a PG-13 on this clearly hardcore R-equivalent film is well beyond me. Takers earned a CAP final score of 20 out of 100. R-rated films in the comparative baseline database earned final scores of 54 and below out of 100. You do the math. The MPAA is, beyond any doubt I can muster, morally dead. And we, especially our youth, are paying for the amoral stance of the MPAA.
I wonder whether the filmmakers, producers, performers, etc. as well as the MPAA are aware that God has angels watching over each little one, each child on the planet ... angels who report directly to God. And before you get all huffed up about this film being restricted to 13 year olds and older, are you not aware that the "PG-13" label, in essence, tells a 13 year old the s/he can watch the film? Further, who are the MPAA to think they know better than you what is acceptable for your kids? [Matt. 18:10] This is not to mention that Jesus warns people who do so that they who teach/cause our little ones to sin would [firguratively] be better off with a millstone tied about his/her neck then cast into the sea. [Luke 17:2]
You might say "Gimmie a break! A 13 year old teen is not a little one." Since you've brought it up ... "Little ones" as used in the Bible is mikros, meaning less by birth, younger. All of your children are "less by birth" than you. All of them are younger. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens, the most easily influenced, morally malleable age stratum. So, "little ones" includes 13 year old children. By the way, "less" in "less by birth" does not mean lesser in importance or value, it means less in stature or size and development. Also by the way, what is it about sin that makes it okay for adults but not adolescents? Answer: nothing. What is sinful for a child is sinful for an adult -- and vice versa. Remember folks, I did not write the Rules. The One who spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there did. If you have a problem with the Rules, talk to the One who wrote them.
Maybe to help with getting a handle on the depth of the depravity this film represents, consider the Influence Density figure. Films in the comparative baseline database eared Influence Density figures of 0.78 to 2.04, the higher the figure the more dense the assaults on morality and decency. Takers earned an Influence Density figure of 3.06!
Yes, I am on fire against this childhood-stealing, teen-targeted film. For that reason I am not going to spend any appreciable time discussing key points in the plot and story the way I typically do. Suffice it to say it is a film about five criminals who take whatever they want, hence the title of the film. Neither will the individual investigation area discussions will be presented this time. Please rely on the listings in the Findings/Scoring section for a full accounting of the content of this film.
The last point I wish to make is that the entire story is in violation of Habakkuk 2:9 which warns of woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Sexual Immorality (S) - 81 out of 100
Drugs/Alcohol (D) - Zero out of 100
Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
Murder/Suicide (M) - 42 out of 100
|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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