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(2003), R
Analysis Date: July 1, 2003
CAP Score: 28 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 1.87

MinMax: -73

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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), R -- But this time, they fail.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): C-2 Pictures, IMF Pictures, Pacific Western, Warner Bros
Distribution (US): Warner Bros, Columbia TriStar, Sony Pictures Intnernational
Director(s): Jonathan Mostow
Producer(s): Moritz Borman, Guy East, Gale Anne Hurd, Basil Iwanyk, Mario Kassar, Hal Lieberman, Joel B. Michaels, Nigel Sinclair, Andrew G. Vajna, Colin Wilson
Written by/Screenplay: Characters: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd. Story: John D. Brancato, Michael Ferris, Tedi Sarafian. Screenplay: Michael Ferris
Cinematography/Camera: Don Burgess
Music: Marco Beltrami, Brad Fiedel
Film Editing: Nicolas De Toth, Neil Travis
Casting: Sarah Finn, Randi Hiller
Production Design: Jeff Mann
Art Direction: Shepherd Frankel, Beat Frutiger, Andrew Menzies, Mark Zuelzke
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

I am not a seasoned movie reviewer, screenwriter or anything else but I have performed analysis of more than 700 films. And except for the shape-shifting of the T-X Terminatrix (Kristanna Loken) and other obvious events, I could not tell when live action ended and computer aided graphics (cgi) began. The incorporation of the two in action sequences was seamless to these eyes.

The plot was not such that you could check your brain at the door nor was the show belabored by the plot. The symbiosis between plot and story was not confounded by a bunch of sometimes confusing subplots. Character and history building was not high priority since this is the third in the Terminator trilogy. Knowledge of the previous two Terminators was necessary to make the most sense of this one.

This is an R-rated film in every sense, mom/dad. Including a number of views of full male and female nudity with lesser shots of rear male and female nudity [**] plus much use of potty mouth language [Titus 2:6-8]. If passed through a curse filter and finger on the stop button to avoid the nudity, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines would be much less invasive. The foul language is freckled throughout the show about every 2.5 minutes but the nudity appears only a short time after each of the two times that the time traveling terminators appear. Each is announced by a flashing electric arcing display in spherical pattern. Shutting the tape player off, forwarding the tape about five tape minutes before restarting it for each of the two times the terminators enter the show should prevent exposure to the nudity. But avoiding exposure to the foul language would not be possible without a curse filter.

Violence was intense [Prov. 3:31-32]. And nearly nonstop. A road chase sequence involving nearly everything that rolls, including the world's largest mobile crane, rivals any ever produced including that in The Matrix Reloaded. Property damage was immense. When the T-X Terminator became Kate's dead boyfriend and offered to help the police find Kate, the Terminatrix shoved her arm through the driver's seat back and through the driver's chest, then flexed her fingers dripping with blood. And, of course, the new T-101 Terminator (still Arnold Schwarzenegger) does self surgery to get to his inner workings ... again. This time instead of stripping the flesh off his left forearm, he cuts open his abdomen to retrieve a failing power cell.

Language is as intense. [Col. 3:8, Prov. 22:11] Including the three/four letter word vocabulary, the most foul of the foul words AND God's name in vain with AND without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. With a language density of about 2.5 uses per minute, there is no way the invasive language could be avoided without a curse filter.

It is ten years after Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Sarah Conner (Linda Hamilton) has died of Mexico. Her son, John (Nick Stahl) now in his 20s has avoided all manner of identification: no driver's license, no address, no phone, nothing. The third world war, the nuclear war, has been averted by the works of Sarah. But World War III is still on its way. Skynet will see to it. Thought at first to be a computer virus infecting every connected computer, Skynet becomes self-aware and manipulates machines and computers to launch war against man. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sarah Conner and company successfully destroy the computer company that was developing what would become Skynet using the then T-101 cyberchip thus stopping (for a while) Skynet from developing and becoming self aware.

This time, the terminators from the future are not after John Conner as much as they are after one of his key lieutenants, Dr. Kate Brewster (Claire Dannes) who becomes Conner's wife and second in command. Another T-101 is again sent to protect Conner and this time, Brewster as well to keep them alive ostensibly to avoid nuclear war scheduled to start by Skynet at 6:18 PM. But this time they fail.

Please take the time to read the listing in the Findings/Scoring section, the heart of the CAP analysis model, before you decide whether to take your family to this R-rated feature.

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**"Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation.
  • Titus 2:6-8 Similarly, encourage the young men [and women] to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
  • 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.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • 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.]

    ***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.


    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • action violence, some exceptionally graphic and invasive of the senses, frequent
  • field full of skulls
  • motorcycle wreck
  • speeding
  • reckless driving, repeatedly
  • breaking and entering, repeatedly
  • car theft
  • firearm threats, repeatedly
  • licking blood, twice
  • beatings, repeatedly
  • pedestrian hit with truck, graphic
  • assault of police officer
  • vehicular violence, some exceptionally graphic and invasive of the senses, frequent
  • massive property destruction
  • injury gore and cyber gore, repeatedly
  • self cutting of flesh, graphic
  • kidnapping
  • various assault
  • threat to kill self with gun at head
  • RV theft
  • multiple murder victims
  • images of world-wide nuclear destruction

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 26 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • three uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • vulgar anatomical reference

    Sex/Homosexuality (S)
  • full female nudity, repeatedly
  • rear female nudity, repeatedly
  • adult in underwear
  • cohabitation for sex
  • exaggeration of female anatomy
  • full male nudity
  • rear male nudity
  • talk of teen immorality as expected and acceptable, repeatedly
  • many women lusting after nudity
  • strip dancing (nudity not seen) to excite

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking
  • bar
  • teen drinking party
  • illegal drug use

    Offense to God (O)
  • five uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and nine without
  • revelry

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • gunfire murder, repeatedly
  • murder by rotating tool (off screen with splatter)
  • impalement murder (arm through chest)
  • murder by blow to head
  • massive murders by gunfire

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    NOTE: While the Summary/Commentary section of these reports is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format which can be and sometimes is subjective, the actual CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme/plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.

    "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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