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(2010), PG-13 [Hardcore R-13*] (2hr 0.5min)

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Influence Density
February 4, 2011
February 4, 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 [Hardcore R-13*] ... so much for the worn out argument that claims movies don't affect us.

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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  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], and filthy language [aischrologia: foul speaking, low and obscene speech] from your lips.
  • Prov. 13:3 He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • 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" ["man" here is enowsh {en-oshe"}: man (collective), mortal, person, mankind; contracted for iysh {eesh}: whosoever, each] can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not since the cinematic display is at the hands men and women, 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.]
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ["Despise" is kataphroneo {kat-af-ron-eh'-o}: to condemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of, to look down upon (which includes abuse, even by influence or bad example, lying to them, enticing/teasing them, seducing them and/or their thoughts, involving them in sin or crime, etc.). What do you want the angels for your kids to say to God? By the way, "little ones" 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.]

    ***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.)

    Takers (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • action violence, frequent, of varying intensities
  • firearms, frequent, often massive
  • assault, repeatedly
  • gunfire to intimidate, repeatedly
  • armed robbery
  • abduction/hostage at gunpoint, repeatedly
  • explosions to disable and to destroy
  • threats, most with firearms, frequent, some brutal
  • planning crime, long sequence
  • excessive force
  • intense fighting
  • long pursuit with gunfire exchange and gunshot injury
  • still photos of dead bodies
  • planning murder
  • police corruption for personal gain
  • impersonating a police officer
  • gunfire to kill, frequent
  • vehicular assault
  • gun battles, repeatedly, some intense, some with injuries, some with gunfire deaths
  • illegal flight with reckless endangerment

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 153 uses of profanity
  • massive tattoos
  • endangerment of adolescent daughter to pursue
  • feigning injury

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 81 out of 100
  • full rear male nudity
  • man walking nude into swimming pool before two women
  • underwater sexual maneuvers with the face
  • sexual innuendo re: intercourse
  • anatomical reference, repeatedly
  • prostitute
  • rude stare with comments

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

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • 12 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 8 without

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 42 out of 100
  • gunfire murder, repeatedly
  • two suicides by cop

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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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