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(2004), R -- There is much that you might want to avoid.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures
Distribution (US): Warner Bros. Pictures Inc., Warner Bros.
Director(s): D.J. Caruso
Producer(s): Bruce Berman, Alan C. Blomquist, Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann, David Heyman, Josette Perrotta
Novel, Story, Screeplay: Michael Pye
Story: Michael Pye
Screenplay: Jon Bokenkamp
Cinematography/Camera: Amir M. Mokri
Music: Philip Glass
Film Editing: Anne V. Coates
Casting: Deborah Aquila, Mary Tricia Wood
Production Design: Tom Southwell
Art Direction: Serge Bureau
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
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Angelina Jolie stars as FBI Special Agent Illeana Scott, a murder profiler with uncanny success. She can "sense" facts about a murder by lying in the grave of a murder victim and by posting gory photos of the victims above her hotel bed. This ability gives her an edge over the grunt detective. And she uses it. Expertly. Scott proceeds to put on edge a couple of the local male investigators as she proves that being a crime detective is no longer a man's job.
Operating from French-Canadian Montreal, Scott builds an intricate, detailed and expertly crafted reconstruction of the history of the murderer and the murders. Scott finds that the murderer not only kills his victims, he (or she) decimates their faces which makes assuming their identity even easier. She was able to deduce from the murder victims and the history of the murders that the killer killed every two or three years and each victim was two or three years older than the last. As his age increased, so did the age of his victims. In that way, the killer assumed the identity of his victims, making it most difficult to trace him.
A local art dealer, James McKean Costa (Ethan Hawke) claims to have witnessed one of the murders and becomes a key tool of the FBI and the Montreal PD in their investigations. As key witness, Costa is even visited and attacked by Hart (Kiefer Sutherland), the one whom we are led to believe is the killer.
Illeana is quite the ankle-biter when it comes to male snide remarks about a female detective let alone a US cop in Canada making the local constabulary seem like Keystone Cops with guns. She is indeed well insulated from any emotional attachments ... until she becomes closely associated with Costa. A relationship slowly builds to the point that almost all Hollywood romantic relationships reach - in bed. With nudity. Which is the reason why there is no poster shown with this film since the theme of the poster scene is obviously from that immoral relationship.
Since Scott had become emotionally involved with a witness, she was fired from the FBI. Six months later the movie resumes in Carlisle, PA where Illeana lives alone and is pregnant, ostensibly with Costa's child. Here is where the largest twist in an otherwise predictable plot happens. But I won't spoil it for you should you decide that this sort of entertainment is for you.
There is much that you might want to avoid. Brutal and cold-blooded murder. [Rev. 21:8] Full male nudity plus partial female nudity. Intercourse. [1Cor. 7:2] Much gore of every kind. [Phil. 4:8] Many assaults. Lust to kill. [Col. 3:5] SPOILER ALERT: Murder of two unborn babies by attempted murder by abdomen stabbing of the mother if she were actually pregnant. [Luke 17:2] Sadistic brutality with a pregnant woman. [2 Tim. 3:1]
The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal all that was noted.
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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)
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Kids, Teens and Home Vertical Portal
|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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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