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(2006), R [R*] (1hr 24min)
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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): New Line Cinema, Texas Chainsaw Productions, Platinum Dunes, Next Entertainment, Vortex/Henkel/Hooper
Distribution (US): New Line Cinema
Director(s): Jonathan Liebesman
Producer(s): Jeffrey Allard, Michael Bay, Toby Emmerich, Mike Fleiss, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Bradley Fuller, Kim Henkel, K.C. Hodenfield, Tobe Hooper, Alma Kuttruff, Mark Ordesky, Guy Stodel
Screenplay: Sheldon Turner
Story: Sheldon Turner, David J. Schow
Cinematography/Camera: Lukas Ettlin
Music: Steve Jablonsky
Film Editing: Jonathan Chibnall, Jim May
Casting: Lisa Fields
Production Design: Marco Rubeo
Art Direction: John Frick
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
In a dying Texas town in August 1939 a worker at a slaughter house gave birth to a baby boy ... in the slaughter house on the slaughter floor. The mother apparently died on the spot after giving birth. Wanting nothing to do with the baby, the slaughterhouse owner discarded the baby in the trash bin out back.
Soon, a poor lady rummaging through trash for food perchanced upon the child and took him to her home. The child was Thomas Hewitt (Andrew Bryniarsk, back from the 2003 Chainsaw). Facially deformed and disfigured, little Thomas grew to hide his face.
By 1969, the town was little more than dirt roads. The slaughterhouse where Thomas was born closed. The owner who had thrown Thomas into the trash bin fired Thomas. Vengeful Tommy murdered the slaughterhouse owner with a sledge hammer.
In another scene, the local sheriff - the only lawman in the area - was looking for Thomas to arrest him for the murder of the slaughter house owner. Thomas' uncle (R. Lee Ermey - oorah!) was riding along with the sheriff, for what reason is unknown. But lucky for Thomas he was. As the sheriff started to apprehend Thomas and as the apprehension threatened to become a fatal conflict, Thomas' uncle murdered the sheriff with a shotgun blast in the back. Thomas' uncle conveniently took the sheriff's identity -- and his uniform. Thomas' uncle is now "Sheriff" Hoyt.
Two pair of young adults, Dean (Taylor Handley), Chrissie (Jordana Brewster) and Eric (Matthew Bomer) and Bailey (Diora Baird) were traveling about the Texas countryside in a last fling before the men were to be shipped off to the Vietnam war, Dean for a second tour of duty only to encourage younger brother Eric. After a car wreck which left them each injured rather seriously, the new "Sheriff Hoyt" came across the wreck and proceeded to arrest the four and take them to his home. Wait a minute! Only three were in the car at the time the "sheriff" found them. Chrissie had been thrown out of the car.
Why would the "sheriff" take the injured people to his home? It was not the police station. A hint may be found in the rest of this Summary/Commentary.
Once at the "sheriff's" home, he begins to make his true colors shine ... with torture and beating. Dean and Eric are hoisted up with shackles and as they dangled the "sheriff" began his "preparation" of them. Chrissie has not yet arrived at the "sheriff's" home but Bailey was inside. By the way, the "sheriff" kills a biker's girl along the way to his home with Dean, Chrissie and Bailey in the patrol car. As if the biker's girl is more food, the "sheriff" loads her body into the front seat of the patrol car. What a sheriff! A dead body in the front seat and three injured travelers in the back. Later, Chrissie enlists the aid of the girl's boyfriend to attempt a rescue of her friends. It fails.
That is all of the plot and story I will reveal. The rest of it is of the same caliber as the 2003 version with a touch more gore and gruesome.
Note that it is apparently intended that this film build a reasonable path to the 1973 beginning of the 2003 version since the 2006 version tells that between 1969 and 1973 there are 33 more killings.
In terms of scoring distribution, this 2006 version is nearly a carbon copy of the 2003 version. A comparative of the scoring distribution is provided below. Conclusions that may be made by the comparative are yours to draw.
There are fewer chainsaw murders in this 2006 version but they were each more gore-uesome than in the 2003 version. And Tommy still wears the head flesh of his victims. And he and his family are still cannibals -- which addresses the comment above " A hint may be found in the rest of this Summary/Commentary."
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
The CAP model uses limiters to display as zero all investigation area (W, I, S, D, O and M) scores of less than zero since scores of less than zero would not be feasible for the thermometers in the data display. If it were not for the limiters, the "mercury" in the Wanton Violence/Crime thermometer for this film would be off the bottom of the page. Let not the massive evil in this film demonstrated as entertainment desensitize you. Yes, this film is fantasy as are all films for entertainment, but a bad influence does not have to be real to influence badly. [1 Cor. 15:33, Prov. 4:14] It happens. Take for example Natural Born Killers thought to be a strong influence in the decisions of Harris and Klebold to shoot at Columbine and The Basketball Diaries thought to be a strong influence in the decision of young Carneal to shoot his classmates. [3 John 11]
This film is, in addition to a bloodfest, a cussfest. Sure it is rated R but that does not remove the sin of such profanity. There is almost one cussword per minute (54.3 per hour). [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17]
Sexual Immorality (S)
The material found by the Sexual Immorality investigation area was centered around the immoral behaviors of Handley and Brewster as intro fill before getting into the "heart" of this film with some other issues of display/comments through the rest of the film. Yes, it is sinful for even actors/actresses to engage in or suggest sexual behaviors onscreen. Not only in the behavior itself but in the influence of it on others, even if just in lustful thought or desire. [Rom. 5:19, 1John 2:16, James 1:12 - 15] "Acting" does not excuse the demonstration of sin.
It seems drugs/alcohol (and tobacco) were just token in this film, but they were there nonetheless.
Offense to God (O)
Other than the couple instances of Ermey quoting Scripture in mockery of it, this film presented the use of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive ... repeatedly. Bad news! God is quite adamant about abuse of Him through abuse of His name. [Deut. 5:11]
Murder is the quintessence of this film. Murder by sledge hammer. By chainsaw. By gunfire. By neck slicing. By beating ... God is quite clear about murder. [Ex. 20:13, Rev. 21:8]
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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)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|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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