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Analysis Date: July 24, 2003
CAP Score: 62 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 1.48
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(2003), PG-13 -- ...mixing Scriptures with "strange philosopy" and myth.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Lawrence Gordon Productions, Mutual Film Company, Paramount Pictures
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Jan de Bont
Producer(s): Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Jeremy H. Smith, Louis A. Stroller
Written by/Screenplay: Story: Steven E. de Souza, James V. Hart. Screenplay: Dean Georgaris
Cinematography/Camera: David Tattersall
Music: Jonathan Davis, Alan Silvestri
Film Editing: Christian Wagner
Casting: Makis Gazis, Daniel Hubbard, John Hubbard, Ros Hubbard, Gail Levin
Production Design: Kirk M. Petruccelli
Art Direction: John Fenner, Frank Walsh
Viewed At: Driftwood Theaer 6
In defiance of the Scriptures, Lara Croft - Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life presents that Alexander the Great found a box that contains the source of life on Earth, thereby mixing Scriptures with "strange philosopy" and myth [Gen. 2:7]. Alexander discovered also that the box contained unspeakable powers of horror that nearly devastated his entire army with illness and death. Thinking it to be Pandora's Box and seeing that it possesses such power to kill and destroy, Alexander took the box to a resting place in the caverns of the Cradle of Life in the middle of a pool of black acid vomited by evil.
Such a power to destroy tweaked the interest of super evil genius, Jonathan Reiss (Ciaran Hinds). What captured Reiss' interest is that the box contained power to kill entire populations much like his germ and chemical terrorist weapons. That Pandora's Box contained power to kill entire populations was just too much for Reiss to resist. But the location of the Cradle of Life is a secret.
Due to a sea quake, Alexander's Temple Luna is expected to have been uncovered at the bottom of the sea and several groups try to find it. But, due to sea currents, Lady Croft (Angelina Jolie) anticipates its location to be in a different location than the other seekers. Croft is trying to find Alexander's Temple of Luna to find out whether it contains information about where the Cradle of Life might be.
Finding the temple, amidst a spear gun battle with seekers who traced her, Croft locates a glowing orb which turns out to be a map to the Cradle of Life. But alas, the seekers steal it from her. And guess who ends up with it? Jonathan Reiss. Now the real warfare begins. Reiss is out to locate Pandora's Box to sell it to the highest bidder. Billions of lives and dollars are at stake. All the stops are pulled as Croft battles with Reiss to regain possession of the orb.
"All the stops are pulled" fairly well describes the content of this movie regrading violence. Wanton Violence/Crime (W) is the most severe presence with a score of zero mainly due to the use of firearms to control, attempted murder with firearms and spear guns, defensive killings and gun battles [Nahum 3:1, 1 Tim. 2:1 - 3]. Sexual immorality (S) follows in second worst place with a score of 56 due mainly to Jolie's skin diving outfit revealing more than the previews/trailers/advertisements, some typical innuendo and comments, and one instance of a man atop Jolie making out (attempted intercourse) [Mark 7:21, 1 Thess. 4:2 - 5]. In a tie for third worst score was Impudence/Hate (I) and Murder/Suicide (M), each with a score of 72. The Impudence/Hate score was due largely to foul language typical of PG-13 movies but not as big an issue as usual with only seven uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Prov. 22:11]. In such a violent movie one would expect murder to be a large presence but defensive killings (W) were more frequent than murder, thus a score of 72 in Murder/Suicide (M) [Exod. 20:13]. Offense to God also earned a score of 81 due to two uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11] plus offenses such as mixing Scripture with myth [2 Tim. 3:16, Col. 2:8]. The highest scoring investigation area was Drugs/Alcohol (D) with a score of 88 due to drinking alcoholic beverages.
While drinking in and of itself is not a sin as long as drunkenness is not the result, a recent study by the American College of Physician's (ACPs) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking and smoking in entertainment leads to an undeniable increase in alcohol and tobacco abuse. The finding, entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol
The listing in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP analysis model) itemizes the findings noted. Please read it before you decide whether to let your kids see Lara Croft - Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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 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.|